Trainer says gear change settles Miss Rockjoy

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The Sue Olive-trained Miss Rockjoy returns to scale after winning the Petaluma Handicap (1600m) on closing day at Ascot. Picture: Anita McInnes

GINGIN trainer Sue Olive says Miss Rockjoy, who has been nominated for the Hyperion Stakes (1600m) on June 1, has ability but is hard work as she is a bit of a hothead.

Miss Rockjoy was third in the listed Burgess Queen Stakes (1400m) on November 7 in a field of 11 behind the winner Keshi Boom and the pre-race favourite Super Smink.

Then on November 18 she was second in the Group 3 WA Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m) again behind Keshi Boom.

“We’re just sitting on the fence with the Hyperion because of the quality of horses that may go there and then maybe to the Strickland (June 15) and then maybe the Belmont Oaks (July 6) that’s sort of where we’re heading to with her,’’ Olive said.

Despite her potential Olive said the daughter of Awesome Rock and Most Joyous was hard work to train.

“She wants to work hard and you’ve got to try and tell her no you’re not working that hard so you’re sort of headbutting and fighting her all the time,’’ she said.

“We did a bit of a gear change which has helped – we put a tongue tie on her which stopped the problem of hanging in and that sort of thing.’’

Olive said there had also been a couple of bad rides in the mix.

“She’s such a hard horse, once you fire her up it’s too hard to get her back so she’s one of those horses you’ve got to ride her quietly just so she can finish off for you.

“So if you get a good jock that listens and rides well and she does well with them she would be hard to beat.’’

The Gingin trainer said after Miss Rockjoy had worked really well with the tongue tie they added it to her racing gear.

The three-year-old filly had her second win of her career on May 11 in the Petaluma Handicap (1600m) on closing day at Ascot.

“Jason (Whiting) rode her absolutely beautifully.

“He got her to sit and relax really well and also the pace was on too that works really well.’’

In the Reliable Asset Maintenance Handicap (1600m) tomorrow at Belmont, Miss Rockjoy has drawn barrier seven with Whiting to retain the ride.