Behavioural problems are holding back five-year-old gelding Rocky, ridden yesterday by Wendy Roche.
Behavioural problems are holding back five-year-old gelding Rocky, ridden yesterday by Wendy Roche. Blainey Woodham

Rocky gets a second chance

TWEED trainer Rachel Roche hopes relaxing walks on the beach will settle her new charge’s renowned temper.

Five-year-old gelding Rocky has arrived at Murwillumbah from Beaudesert for a second chance, after the previous owners gave up on him because of behavioural problems.

If leisurely strolls along Kingscliff Beach can’t mellow Rocky, nothing can.

Roche believes a change in temperament might bring back some of Rocky’s early-career winning form at the Tweed Tourism Race Day on January 3.

“He’s come from a previous trainer from Beaudesert for behavioural problems,” Roche said. “We’re hoping with a bit of a change of atmosphere we are going to beat that. Hopefully we’re winning and not the horse. But if you never try you never know.

“He has won at Warwick, but has been dismal ever since.”

If Rocky can return to winning ways, he will bring a first Murwillumbah win for owner Fran Kanere, a Tweed resident for more than 40 years.

“She is looking forward to having a local runner. She has always wanted a winner at Murwillumbah,” Roche said yesterday.

However, she admitted Rocky’s chances weren’t too good for a win in the first Tweed River Jockey Club event of 2010.

“I don’t know about a win. He will need a few runs.”

Yesterday Rocky was refusing to run alongside a training partner as directed. Instead, he was all over the track.

Roche plans to give him a barrier trial and a run at Ballina before the Tweed Tourism Race Day.



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