Rockon Tommy goal another 1600m race

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Trainer Bill Doughty of Eglinton says he plans to start Rockon Tommy in a 1600m race with a 72 plus rating in two weeks. Picture: Anita McInnes

ROCKON Tommy’s trainer Bill Doughty of Eglinton says the gelding will be set for another 1600m race in a fortnight’s time.

After Rockon Tommy’s win in the Penfolds Handicap 1600m at Belmont on September 22 Doughty said he was taking things one day at a time and did not know where the gelding was headed.

But on Sunday, September 23 Doughty confirmed with Yanchep News Online that another mile race with a 72 plus rating was his goal.

Doughty, who is undergoing cancer treatment, said everyone dreams of the bigger races but in the Penfolds Handicap Rockon Tommy had beaten higher rated but older horses so it had not been a great test of his ability.

Apart from Reef Keeper the other horses were higher rated horses though Rockon Tommy, Reef Keeper and Red Paddy all carried 55kg each while Django carried 59kg and Astronomite and Settlers Creek carried 58 kg each.

He was pleased with Rockon Tommy’s last 600m and jockey Peter Knuckey’s nicely paced ride.

After the race Knuckey told WA Racing personality of the year 2018 winner Brittany Taylor that he had been confident during the race as Rockon Tommy was not over racing.

Doughty said he had not been in hospital but had had chemo at a cancer treatment centre in Joondalup on the Tuesday before continuing his training routine with Rockon Tommy on the Wednesday.

At Belmont on Saturday Doughty told Gareth Hall that although Rockon Tommy was a handful he was better for him than medicine.

“I’m not in the best of health but he helps,’’ he said.