AN INTERSTATE trip is on the cards for quality mare Rocknroll Baby.
Overcoming large handicaps during her two recent starts – including a 50-metre back mark at Globe Derby last night – the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven will be taken to Victoria by trainer Greg Norman.
Norman has set his sights on the Four-Year-Old Trotting Mares’ Breeders’ Crown Championship in Melton on August 24.
“I will head to Victoria now to give her a couple of starts,” Norman said. “I’ll look at a TM0 with her and the Breeders’ Crown Championship.
“There is a trot for four-year-olds next week, which is the same night as the TM0, so I will nominate her for both and see which one she gets a run in.
“After her Victorian stint she will go to the paddock for a good break.”
Driven by Jock Dunlop during her latest triumph, Rocknroll Baby settled at the tail of the field early as Elementofdoubt led.
Angled four-wide turning for home, Rocknroll Baby dug deep along the home straight to score by a head from Riegle Deception, with Variable Miss four metres away third.
Rating 2:04.1 over 2230 metres, the squaregaiter stretched her record to 19 wins and 13 placings from 61 starts for earnings of $102,223.
“I thought she could win, but they drove to beat her,” Norman said. “I timed her first half at 58.1 seconds, which was just to get into the race from her handicap.
“It’s hard to win of 50 metres in any field, so it was a big effort.”