Wednesday, January 15, 2020
After a strong-finishing second behind Fabs You Go in last Sunday’s Winmore Greyhound Kennels Maiden (512 m), Compton greyhound Rocketline looks well-placed to go one better in Sunday’s Sims Family Memorial Maiden (512 m) at Tara Raceway.
Stepping out over the 512 metre journey for the first time, the Tracie Price trained son of Peter Rocket and Headline was slowly away from box eight before working into third spot down the back and finishing the race off nicely when beaten three lengths in 30.15 seconds.
Rocketline has drawn box eight again for local owners Willie Vossen and Michael Robinson who have already tasted success with one of the breed’s littermates in Tandiki, the white and black bitch looking likely to appreciate a step-up in distance in Sunday’s South Eastern Hotel Stake (512 m).
An interesting first-starter in the Sims Memorial is Midget Rocks, the black bitch trained at Portland by Nicole Stanley who won the event in 2016 with Rowchester Star and was associated with last year’s winner Twisted Missile, trained by Nifty Lenehan.
By My Bro Fabio, Midget Rocks is out of Rhonda Rocks which makes her a half-sister to the SA-bred and owned superstar Sennachie who took his earnings to more than $700,000 last week when successful in the Gold Bullion final (520 m) at Albion Park.
The memorial, previously known as the Val and Col Sims Maiden, has undergone a name change after the death of their son Ian 12 months ago. All three are life members of the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing and Coursing Club.