Champion Singapore sprinter Rocket Man is making a comeback after three years on the sidelines.
The son of Oakland Park sire Viscount broke down with a tendon injury in April 2012. “He looks like a four year-old and has never been better,” owner Fred Crabbia said. “We hoped he would be back in time for the KrisFlyer Sprint on Sunday but we just ran out of time.”
Rocket Man (9g Viscount – Macrosa by McGinty) was rated the third best sprinter in the world in 2011-12. Black Caviar headed the rankings at 130 followed by Hay List (125) and Rocket Man (122).
He has raced 27 times for 20 wins headed by international Group 1 victories in the Krisflyer Sprint and Dubai Golden Shaheen. He was also beaten a nose by J J The Jet Plane in the G1 Hong Kong Sprint.
Rocket Man is from a very successful family developed by WA breeders John and Joan Blackburn. It began in the 1980s when their top-class mare Rosamoss (Moss Trooper) won the WA Anniversary Cup, Towton Cup, Kalgoorlie Gold Cup and Eurythmic Cup.
Her younger sister Dusky Rosa (Indian Conquest) foaled G1 AJC Australian Derby winner Ebony Grosve (Grosvenor) and Randwick stakes winner Macrosa (McGinty).
Beside Rocket Man, Macrosa is also the dam of South African based galloper Our Giant (Giant’s Causeway) who was a Group 1 winner of the Mercury Sprint at Clairwood and the Horse Chestnut Stakes at Turffontein.
Oakland Park owner Neville Duncan stood Viscount for a $7,700 (inc gst) fee last year.