Rockon Tommy heads to Belgravia Stakes

Rockon Tommy returns to scale at Belmont on Saturday, October 7 after notching up his third win in a row. Picture: Anita McInnes

EGLINTON trainer Bill Doughty plans to start unbeaten three-year-old Rockon Tommy in the Belgravia Stakes at Ascot on October 28.

Doughty would also like to target the WA Guineas next month.

The bay gelding, who unsurprisingly goes by the stable name of Tommy, showed his raw talent again at Belmont on Saturday, October 7 with a win in the Amelia Park Beef Plate (1300m).

Starting from barrier eight the Vital Equine and Sushi Quatro gelding had to work his way across before settling behind some of the front runners.

Jockey Peter Knuckey said he had to try and find a good run for Rockon Tommy but there was more pace in the race than he thought there would be.

“But then we were able to get back behind a couple and get a good run on from there on,’’ he said.

Rockon Tommy hit the front from the 200m mark with Reykjavik claiming second place and the favourite Roganella finishing third.

After the race Doughty said Rockon Tommy as still green and they had wanted to see if he could step up in distance – his first was in a 1100m race at Northam and his second win was a 1200m Wednesday race at Belmont.

Doughty said it looked like he could still step up even more.

He said Rockon Tommy, who was born and bred on his Eglinton property “liked to keep going” something racegoers noticed at Belmont on Saturday.

When he and Knuckey were returning to scale the gelding dashed into the enclosure as though he was still be in the race and then looked like he was heading straight back to the stalls.