The Lindsay Park-trained He’s Our Rokkii got the job done for the punters in the Toorak Handicap 2016 results saluting in the Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Day feature as the well-backed favourite.
Co-trainer David Hayes had set the Kiwi expat for the $500,000 Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield Racecourse a long way out, and everything went to plan third-up for the four-year-old.
After back-to-back wins at the track in easier company over 1400m, the Roc De Cambes gelding jumped short-priced favourite in the Toorak Handicap betting markets to relish the step up to a mile.
Jockey Dwayne Dunn, who also celebrated the Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas win for the stable on Divine Prophet, didn’t have as easy a ride on He’s Our Rokkii in the Toorak Handicap.
After jumping away well from barrier one, the galloper midfield and midrace got caught five lengths off the pace-setter Great Esteem with nowhere to go.
Dunn didn’t panic and kept coming once on the straight, getting the gap in the closing stages and charging through strong to the line.
He’s Our Rokkii ($2.60) may have left it late, but he had a long neck to spare in the end over the brave Great Esteem ($34) who snared second at the big odds after his up-front run on speed.
The trifecta was completed by four-year-old Tivaci ($20) also at a long price, the Michael Moroney-trained stallion having sat just off the pace before the strong finish.
The Toorak Handicap winner will now head towards a Flemington run on the last day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, November 5, in the $2 million Group 1 Emirates Stakes (2000m).
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2016 Toorak Handicap Results & Finishing Order
Caulfield Racecourse (Race 9) – Saturday October 8, 2016
|1||4||HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Dwayne Dunn||–||1||55kg||$2.50F|
|2||11||GREAT ESTEEM||Stuart Webb||Chris Parnham||0.4L||2||52kg||$31|
|3||13||TIVACI||Michael Moroney||Patrick Moloney||0.9L||4||52kg||$21|
|4||6||ROYAL RAPTURE||Darren Weir||Mark Zahra||1L||5||55kg||$11|
|5||1||AWESOME ROCK||Leon & Troy Corstens||Stephen Baster||1.5L||9||58kg||$19|
|6||3||BON AURUM||Ciaron Maher||Kerrin McEvoy||1.7L||7||56kg||$7.50|
|7||5||JACQUINOT BAY||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Damian Lane||2.7L||12||55kg||$26|
|8||10||THAMES COURT||David Brideoake||Corey Brown||3.45L||6||52kg||$15|
|9||12||MORAL VICTORY||Tim Martin||Ben Allen (a)||4.45L||3||52kg||$15|
|10||7||COUNTERATTACK||Chris Waller||James McDonald||4.55L||8||54.5kg||$5.50|
|11||9||COSMIC CUBE (NZ)||Chris Waller||Craig Newitt||5.8L||11||53kg||$61|
|12||8||MISS ROSE DE LAGO||Danny O’Brien||Ms Katelyn Mallyon||5.9L||10||54kg||$17|
|–||2||TOSEN STARDOM (JPN)||Darren Weir||Craig Williams||–||0||–||–|