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Harness Racing: Rockaball tipped for the top

Trainer Caris Hamilton-Smith is in no doubt that Rockaball has what it takes to race in free-for-all company after bouncing back to winning ways at Gloucester Park.

Rockaball scored a comfortable win in the Hoist Torque Taking You To New Heights Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

All-the-way win

The seven-year-old lead all the way to see off Whoswhointhezoo and McArdles Gem and it made up for the disappointing first-up defeat a month ago.

On that occasion Rockaball, returning after a three-month absence, finished dead last and then had issues with heat exhaustion after the race.

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“It took him a long time to get over his heat exhaustion. We gave him a little rest when we were able to treat him for a few little niggles,” Hamilton-Smith said.

However Rockaball made an impressive return to racing when dominating from barrier one with Micheal Ferguson in the sulky. Hamilton-Smith felt it was almost like a training exercise.

“His work before tonight’s race was fantastic, and I felt he was nearly back to his best. It was basically trackwork for him (with a slow lead time of 38.2sec. and modest opening quarters of 31.5sec. and 30.1sec.) before he came home in 27.8sec. and 28.3sec,” the trainer added.

Onwards and upwards

Looking ahead and Hamilton-Smith believes a bright future is on the cards for Rockaball.

“Hopefully, there will be a group 2 race coming up soon in his grade,” said Hamilton-Smith. “I think he is a better horse, sat up, and I think he will make it to Free-For-All company.”

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