Caulfield specialist He’s Our Rokkii will chase more Group 1 victories at his favourite track during the 2017 Melbourne Autumn Carnival.
Trained at Lindsay Park by David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig, He’s Our Rakkii chalked up a hat trick of wins at Caulfield during the 2016 Melbourne Spring Carnival when he finished powerfully from midfield to win the Group 1 $500,000 IG Markets Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield on October 8.
The former New Zealand trained gelding had won two 1400m Handicaps at Caulfield on August 27 and September 17 prior to winning his first Group 1 trophy.
Co-trainer Tom Dabernig said the Lindsay Park Team will send He’s Our Rokkii back to Caulfield to contest the Group 1 $500,000 Ladbrokes C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) on February 11 and the Group 1 $500,000 Futurity Stakes (1400m) on February 25, both at weight for age.
“He’s Our Rokkii is going to the C F Orr and then the Futurity Stakes,” Dabernig said.
“He’s a good Caulfield horse. He’s in great order and doing well.”
He’s Our Rokkii was sent for a spell after finishing down the track when tenth to Le Romain in the Group 1 $1m Cantala Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on October 29 but Dabernig expects the four year old to return to winning form during the Autumn Carnival.
“He’s a good, tough gelding and I think he’s still got a bit ahead of him for sure,” Dabernig said.
He’s Our Rokkii arrived at Lindsay Park in mid-2015 as a restricted class galloper but the team was able to work him up through the classes which included wins Group 3 $200,000 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) on April 2 and in the Group 3 $150,000 Frank Packer Plate (2000m) on April 16 both at Randwick during the 2016 Sydney Autumn Carnival.
From seventeen starts, He’s Our Rokkii has saluted on seven occasions as well as being placed four times for prizemoney earnings just over $700,000.