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First RockFirst Rock Heads to Wellesley Stakes

El Roca filly First Rock will travel to Wellington this weekend for the Listed Wellesley Stakes as she attempts to become the first winner (and first stakes winner) for her sire in the time-honoured juvenile event at Trentham.

Trained by Debbie Sweeney at Te Awamutu, First Rock was narrowly beaten on debut at Wanganui by the Stephen Marsh trained Sai Fah before running well again to finish second to Beauty Diva at Counties last month, both Sai Fah and Beauty Diva will line up against First Rock in tomorrow’s black type feature.

First Rock has come up with the coveted barrier one in the Wellesley Stakes, which is sure to be a positive going around the Trentham “dog-leg” for the first time, and the step to 1000m is sure to be an added advantage for First Rock who has finished strongly in each of her starts to date over 800m. Regular rider Bridget Grylls will once again partner the filly.

Among the debutantes in tomorrow’s race is the $250,000 yearling purchase from the Westbury Stud draft  in Senzabeel (Savabeel-The First Lady) who has finished strongly in his most recent trials for Team Rogerson and has shown above average ability to date.

The Wellesley Stakes has long been a time-honoured juvenile race early in the season, with the 2012 edition proving to be very rewarding for the Westbury Stud pair of Ruud Awakening and Precious Sophia who ran the quinella in the race, while two other graduates from the farm – Charlestown and Mossimo – were also prominent for a long way in 2012.

To relive the 2012 replay of the Wellesley Stakes, click on the link below.

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