Michael Formosa's Rocknroll Emma overcomes flat tyre to make Gold Bracelet final

Michael Formosa
Michael Formosa

Ellalong-trainer driver Michael Formosa believes Rocknroll Emma will be genuine contender in the group 2 Gold Bracelet final at Bathurst on Saturday after overcoming a flat tyre to finish a head second in heats on Monday.

“She probably should have won, she pulled a flat tyre for the last 600 metres so that was probably the difference between winning and losing,” he said.

“But I was happy with the way she raced. She should be in the mix in the final with a bit of luck.”

Rocknroll Emma sat in the one-one after a charmed start from the second line and finished strongly to take second to I’m With Lexy and secure a position in the $52,000 three-year-old fillies final.

Formosa, who also has stable star Ultimate Art in on Saturday at Bathurst, was hoping for a change in luck at the barrier draw on Tuesday.

“She’s had bad draws the last four or five starts so hopefully we get one soon,” he said of Rocknroll Emma.

He said Mondooley Mach and Stitch, which struggled in the Chalice and Gold Crown heats respectively, were immature and had not handled the time away from home, but Ultimate Art and Rocknroll Emma had thrived.