Newcastle pacing: Rocknroll Emma back in form as Ultimate Art beaten on return

Michael Formosa
Michael Formosa

ROCKNROLL Emma provided the consolation win for Ellalong trainer-driver Michael Formosa who finished second with stable star Ultimate Art on Sunday in the Armidale Cup.

Ultimate Art, the $1.60 favourite, was first-up from a three-month break on Sunday and finished 12.3 metres behind the Richard March-trained Clintal Do in the 2360m race he won last year. Clintal Do broke the track record with a 1.59.6 mile rate.

“He went really good but he just didn’t have any luck,” Formosa said of his eight-year-old stallion, which has won more than $540,000.

“The winner had a better run through at the start and I had to come three wide.”

Bobs Farm trainer Geoff Harding was third with Strathlachlan Andy and earlier won with Rocknlachlan in the three-year-old feature.

Singleton trainer Aaron Goadsby won with Last Party, which had her first run in six months. Louth Park driver Brad Elder had a double with Gottashopearly and Mastersign.

On Saturday night at Newcastle, Rocknroll Emma returned to form and had her first win at Newcastle since May last year.

From the one gate, the four-year-old mare sat behind leader Anybeach Anywhere before wearing her down on the line for a half-head win.

“She’d been having no luck lately and getting the good gate obviously made the difference,” Formosa said.

Keinbah trainer Roy Roots jnr had a winning double on the night with High Rolling and Seven Scotches.

Mitchell Reese had a driving double with Seven Scotches and Oneofthelads.