Love and Rock It gearing up to go the distance
HORSE RACING: Love And Rock It is set to go the distance at a major winter meet following a dominant win at Corbould Park yesterday.
The gelding surged from deep in the pack to cross the line first in the $70,000 1400m In Curtains QTIS Three-years-old Handicap.
The lucrative race was a rescheduled washout from Doomben last week.
Trainer Robert Heathcote wasn't surprised with the victory, believing the horse had a big future on track.
"Each of the riders that have been on him have liked him and think he's got potential," he said.
Despite galloping at the back of the pack for much of the race, Heathcote was encouraged by Love And Rock It's energy towards the finish.
So much so, he's planning on entering the horse in the longer 1600m Queensland Guineas meet in June.
"I love the way he hit the line," Heathcote said.
"Even Lloyd (Jeff Lloyd) got off and said we should get him going on a mile.
"He'll get a couple of weeks off to freshen up while we digest everything he's done, and then we'll bring him back with our target race being the Queensland Guineas."
Looking further ahead, Heathcote even believed the horse could continue its rise to gallop against the best in the near future.
"I know a lot of trainers say it but I really think he is a stakes contender."
Sunshine Coast gallopers performed well with the David Vandyke-trained Trois Choix placing second in the $70,000 class six handicap and the Stuart Kendrick-trained Spur Le Jouer finishing third in the $70,000 open handicap.