Rock of Solitude Shows Grit

Three-year-old Pencarrow-bred Rock of Solitude (Fastnet Rock x Oh So Precious, by Sadler’s Wells) showed grit and determination that will hold him in good stead throughout his racing career when winning at Strathalbyn on Wednesday.

Having just his second start for David Hayes after a debut fourth at Murray Bridge, Rock of Solitude scored in a Maiden 1200m event as a short-priced favourite.

Lindsay Park’s racing manager Tony McEvoy reports,

“He began well and went forward to lead. This horse had to do some work to get to the front, through racing erratically.
He was challenged on the turn and looked beaten, however fought back strongly to hold on and win by a neck.”

Rock of Solitude was purchased by Coolmore Australia from Pencarrow Stud at the 2008 Premier Yearling Sale.

Now raced by Coolmore, Rock of Solitude is expected to improve further with age given his dam, Oh So Precious, is a Sadler’s Wells grand-daughter of US Horse of the year and Group 1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner All Along (Targowice).

A Stravinsky half-sister to Rock of Solitude was purchased by Dominic Li’s IDL racing for $260,000 at the Karaka Premier Sale in 2009.

With her first foal now a winner, Oh So precious will be represented by a Zabeel colt in the Pencarrow draft at Karaka 2010, while this season the young winning mare has been served by O’Reilly’s Group 1 winning son Alamosa.