Rocket adds to couple’s strike rate

Sonic Rocket (Lisa Allpress) getting the nod when beating a game Real Winners at Te Rapa. (Photo: Kenton Wright, Race Images).

Sonic Rocket (Lisa Allpress) getting the nod when beating a game Real Winners at Te Rapa. (Photo: Kenton Wright, Race Images).

The new Cambridge training partnership of David and Emma-Lee Browne continued its fine strike rate when Sonic Rocket gained a deserved win at Te Rapa yesterday.

David joined his wife in the partnership last month and from nine starters the couple has saddled up three winners with the first joint success being with Monarch Chimes at Matamata on August 26.

Sonic Rocket may have been the Browne partnership’s first winner had she received a clear passage in the home straight when fresh-up at Te Rapa on August 15.

After settling back, she was held up early in the run home and lost any chance of paying a dividend and wound up running on late for sixth to Lucky Edie.

On the strength of that fresh-up performance a win was no surprise yesterday, but she didn’t have it all her own way, being forced to cover a lot of extra ground.

She settled back and wide and rider Lisa Allpress had no luck getting her closer to the rail. She was still well off the pace on straightening for the run home, but unleashed a strong run down the outside to challenge for the lead with Real Winners, another Cambridge galloper who ran a slasher.

In a head-bobbing finish Sonic Rocket got in the deciding stride to score by a nose from Real Winners, much to the relief of Allpress.

“The race was really rough and it was hard to get a nice, smooth run,” said Allpress, who was having her first ride on Sonic Rocket.

A six-year-old daughter of O’Reilly, Sonic Rocket has won twice from 17 starts and also picked up six minor placings and judging by yesterday’s performance more success is in store.

There was also a heap of merit in the effort of the Darrel Lang-trained Real Winners, who had been an impressive maiden winner at Matamata last month.

He spoilt his chances with a slow getaway then had to be restrained off the heels of runners with 800 metres to run. Despite these setbacks, he rallied strongly in the home straight and gave the impression he could be a handy money-spinner for his connections.

Another Cambridge galloper who performed well in the event was the Roger James-trained Blackbird, who ran on well for a fresh-up fourth. Being a granddaughter of the great staying mare Leilani, she should excel when tried over more distance.