Os­land’s filly to Rock in the High­way

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - SHAYNE O’CASS

ARMIDALE filly Rock The World is the least likely of the coun­try vis­tors to be over-awed by Derby day rac­ing in Syd­ney to­mor­row de­spite hav­ing never vis­ited Rose­hill Gar­dens be­fore.

In­deed, the Stirling Os­land-trained three-year-old made her de­but in front of 100,000 peo­ple on Mel­bourne Cup day at Flem­ing­ton al­most 12 months ago when trained in Vic­to­ria by Shane Ni­chols.

Rock The World has been with two-times TAB High­way win­ner Os­land for four starts which has seen the filly fin­ish a close sec­ond at Moree be­fore win­ning her next three starts.

“Three out of the four runs we’ve given her she has drawn the ex­treme out­side bar­rier,” Os­land said.

Rock The World brought up her hat-trick with a gutsy win at Muswell­brook on Oc­to­ber 23 where she raced the speed with 60.5kg from bar­rier 13 of 13 and recorded a siz­zling 56.77 for the 1000m.

“She had to do it with the red-hot favourite on her in­side and it end­edup fin­ish­ing fifth or sixth,” Os­land said.

“Rock The World had to keep run­ning the whole way and left her­self sit­ting there to be beaten so she showed a fair bit ticker to win.”

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