Bobs Farm trainer Geoff Harding has shelved thoughts of a NSW Derby shot with Rocknlachlan but hopes are high the gelding can become a stable star after his Evolution Series final win on Saturday night.
A close second in the January final of the three-year-old series, Rocknlachlan returned to Menangle from a second at Newcastle to make the most of a nice draw in the $20,000 decider.
Gavin Fitzpatrick gave Rocknlachlan an easy run behind the leader from gate four before he powered home for a four-metre win at $19.70.
“His work was really good leading up to it,” Harding said. “I thought he’d be a real good show and I was surprised with the 20-1. He just got beat at the previous final and he’d beaten most of them before. He probably should have been 6-1, but no one’s complaining.”
It was the fourth win in 16 starts for Rocknlachlan, which is owned and was bred by Harding out of mare Strathlachlan Kay.
“I was half thinking of the Derby, but I’m not,” he said of the next target. “I think throwing him into the real deep end is a bit to ask of him. He’s still learning, so we'll just place him in some of the country cups and three-year-old races.”
Harding has had success in recent years with Strathlachlan Andy, which has won $172,778 in stakes.
“If nothing goes wrong with him, he’ll hopefully be better than Andy, but that’s a long way off,” he said. “He’s a good old horse still, Andy.”
Brandy Hill trainer Sam Dimarco’s Black Silhouette was a close second in the 3YO fillies final.