Road To Rock made the perfect start to his stallion career when his first starter saluted at New Plymouth on Sunday.
Elvis (2g Road To Rock – Impulsive Rhythm by Rubiton) got him off the mark in the Forman Commercial Interiors Maiden (1100m) for local owner-trainer Warren Bolton. “He’s a lovely, big-actioned horse and I might give him one more run,” Bolton said. “He’s going to be a much better at three.”
Bolton purchased Elvis for $30,000 out of the 2013 Karaka Select yearling sale having being taken by his presence in the outer parade ring. “I saw him walking around before he came in and really liked the look of him. The Road To Rocks have got the right temperaments and attitudes to life – they’re happy horses.”
Elvis is out of the stakes-performed Rubiton mare Impulsive Rhythm. She has now left 8 winners including King Of Danes (G1 HKJC Centenary Sprint Cup).
Road To Rock won the G1 Queen Elizabeth and G1 George Main Stakes under the guidance of Anthony Cummings before retiring to Wellfield Stud in 2010. A son of Encosta de Lago, he was available for a $7,000 fee last year at the Palmerston North property which is managed by Peter Didham.