Contract Racing gelding Rough Justice topped the VOBIS leader-board last year and he has banked another winning bonus in the VOBIS Gold Eldorado (1300m) at Wangaratta.
The consistent son of Eliza Park International sire Wanted has won 6 times in 20 starts with earnings over $450,000. He started a $2.20 favourite on Thursday and didn’t let punters down with a half-head victory over front-runner Kirani (Dash For Cash).
Rough Justice stalked the pace before letting down and asserting his class in the VOBIS Gold Eldorado. “The race wasn’t run to suit,” co-trainer Simon Zahra said. “The leader had an easy time up front but the way he finished off was terrific.
“We hadn’t tried him past 1200m before but he’s been relaxing well in his work and we were confident he would get the 1300m. Damian (Lane) gave him a really good ride and he deserved another win.”
Rough Justice (3g Wanted – Hard Rider by Maroof) is a half-brother to stakes winners Utah Saints (God’s Own), Big Chill (Artie Schiller) and Hard Stride (Hard Spun). A Contract Racing homebred, he is raced by David and Jenny Moodie in partnership with Nick and Gayle Psaltis.
They bought his NZ bred dam Hard Rider for $45,000 in 2007. She has a yearling filly by Street Cry and is back in foal to Zoffany.