Rock­net treads well- worn path

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMP­SON michael.thomp­son@news.com.au

STICK­ING to what works is the name of the game for Wul­guru trainer Tony Comer­ford ahead of Satur­day’s Ladies Day Rack’N’Stack Ware­house Open Hand­i­cap ( 1609m).

Comer­ford’s con­sis­tent per­former Rock­net will be chas­ing his first big win of the year since tak­ing out last year’s Cairns Ama­teurs Cup. And while the Far North Queens­land meet is again the main game, Comer­ford is hope­ful Rock­net’s con­sis­tency will be enough to seen him chal­lenge on Satur­day at Clu­den Park.

Rock­net was spelled af­ter a win over 2200m at the Gold Coast on Jan­uary 7 and re­sumed with a third over 1400m at Clu­den on June 1.

His sub­se­quent Clu­den starts have in­cluded a third over 1400m on June 20 and a fourth over 1609m on June 29.

Rock­net is tread­ing a sim­i­lar path to last year’s surge to the Cairns Ama­teurs.

“It’s ex­actly the same as last year,” Comer­ford said.

“He had three good runs be­fore the Cairns Ama­teurs Cup, so noth­ing’s changed and I think he should go well.

“He’ll be car­ry­ing 60kg so he’s got a big weight, but over the mile he should be fin­ish­ing pretty strong.

“He’s al­ways con­sis­tent, he’s al­ways a threat.”

Rock­net and Comer­ford com­bined to win $ 75,000 from last year’s Cairns Ama­teurs Cup, a ca­reer kick- start­ing vic­tory for his sta­ble.

Hav­ing just two horses in work at the time, Rock­net’s win was eas­ily Comer­ford’s best af­ter the seven- year- old geld­ing fin­ished a half- length sec­ond to Chateau Det­tori at the Cairns Cup two weeks ear­lier.

Rock­net’s pur­ple patch in Cairns fol­lowed an eighth in the 2016 Townsville Cup and Comer­ford is look­ing for a bet­ter show­ing in next week’s fea­ture.

And while the Townsville Cup and a trip to Cairns will again be Comer­ford’s main goal, Satur­day’s run will still rank high on his sea­son hitlist.

“It’s good prize­money and like I said a good race to have ahead of the Townsville Cup and Cairns,” Comer­ford said.

“We’ll go in and have a go, but I’m more than qui­etly con­fi­dent he’ll be com­fort­able over that mile.”

Rock­net has been a con­sis­tent money win­ner with seven wins, six sec­onds and 11 thirds over this ca­reer, net­ting over $ 206,000 in prize­money.

Rock­net, with jockey Nathan Day, af­ter win­ning the Cairns Ama­teurs last year.

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