Thursday, July 12, 2018
Keith and Lisa Hellmuth have once again got behind Mount Gambier’s classic races this year with the donation of another service to their stud dog Peter Rocket for the Winter Classic.
To be known as the Peter Rocket Winter Classic, the non-penalty event over 512 metres is for all dogs and bitches whelped on or after July 1, 2016, heats to be run on Sunday, August 19 and the $3000 final a week later.
The Winter Classic was first run in 2014 when won by Stylish Moment, trained by Tracie Price, who followed up again the following year with Cee Me Burst.
Phil Lenehan provided the 2016 winner with Lektra Munster while last year Richard Clayfield was successful with Solitary Lad.
Earlier this year the Hellmuths donated a Peter Rocket service for the Summer Classic, the winner being the Steve Bartholomew trained Galactic Panther.
Peter Rocket, a son of Where’s Pedro x Belron Blue, raced on 67 occasions for 22 wins and raced in 15 Group finals, winning the Group 1 Dapto Megastar and the Group 2 Horsham Cup.
Among his winning progeny are Peter Galo, Nike Viper and, of course, Rockoon, who recently ran a 512 metre track record of 29.28 seconds at Tara Raceway.