A decisive move in the early stages of the VOBIS Gold Carat has paved the way for a rich pay day for the connections of Rocky Boomboa at Moonee Valley.
When the gelding began slowly, Damien Oliver sent him four-wide before crossing to the fence with 700m to go in Saturday’s 1200m race.
Oliver was then able to dictate the speed with Rocky Boomboa ($21) holding off the $2.05 favourite Love Days by three-quarters of a length with Twisting Typhoon ($14) a long head away third.
“They were going pretty slow and I didn’t have to do much to get to the lead and he had it pretty comfortable when he got there,” Oliver said.
“He gave a good kick at the end and he’s a neat little horse.”
The Gold Carat was restricted to VOBIS Gold horses with Rocky Boomboa earning connections more than $110,000.
Rocky Boomboa, and stablemate Tokyo Tycoon, seventh in Saturday’s race, will chase more rich restricted prize money when they head to Flemington for the $250,000 Inglis Dash over 1100m on January 16.
Trainer Henry Dwyer said Rocky Boomboa was a real professional.
“He sprints when he has to and doesn’t expend any more energy than he needs to,” Dwyer said.
“In these early races and restricted races that’s what you need.
“We’ll just keep chasing the VOBIS money and the Inglis money down the straight in a couple of weeks.
“He’s done a great job for a horse we paid $30,000 for.”
Rocky Boomboa’s victory was his second from four starts with his other coming in an Ararat maiden two starts ago.
Mark Zahra, the rider of Love Days, said the filly may have come to the end of her preparation.
“She was a bit cranky in the gates and she wanted to hang in up the straight,” Zahra said.
“Even though we were three-wide it was on a slow tempo and we didn’t spend any gas.
“I had plenty of horse the whole way, we just couldn’t pick the winner up.”