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    BACK ON TRACK: Rock N Roll Doo.

    ACE Victorian horseman Michael Stanley bounced back from an injury-enforced layoff and topped a field of stars to win Saturday night’s $100,000 Len Smith... Do what you do ‘Doo’ best

    ACE Victorian horseman Michael Stanley bounced back from an injury-enforced layoff and topped a field of stars to win Saturday night’s $100,000 Len Smith Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle.

    Rock N Roll Doo showed he was still a superstar and back to his very best – among the best pacers in Australia with his win over Spirit Of St Louis and outsider Nerano in an exciting and close finish to the Group 1.

    The son of Rock N Roll Heaven did what many thought might be too tall a task, he sat outside the favourite Spirit Of St Louis and grabbed him right on the line for an amazing victory.

    “I’m just so happy to get him back to where I knew he should be,” said an emotional Stanley as he brought the Len Smith champion back to a big crowd on hand for the richest race ever run in harness racing in this country, the $2.1m Eureka.

    “I was laid-up in bed with a back injury from the Bendigo Cup (two fractured vertebrae and sidelined for two months) and I literally couldn’t get out of bed to go out and check on the horse.

    “But I always had faith in this horse and when I was able to get to him and I saw the way he looked, I just knew we had him back.

    “Now its all systems go to the Victoria Cup and that will definitely be his next target.

    “Last week at Melton showed how fast he could be when driven with a sit and it doesn’t bother him where he settles in a race.

    “When I ask him to go he just lets down really well.”

    Part-owner Brendan James from BFJ Bloodstock was over the moon with the result: “He was due back six weeks ago but had niggling setbacks which pushed him back,” he said.

    “But we decided let’s not die wondering – let’s head for Menangle and have a crack at the Len Smith Mile.

    “We’ve driven him that way before – and now if he can keep sound we might really have some fun with him.

    “The family all came up as well as a host of friends and Menangle has really looked after us.

    “The sport though . . . it’s really something. It’s not all about winning, it’s about the experience.”

    Rock n Roll Doo has now had 13 wins from 38 starts although it has been a long road back for the 2022 Victoria Cup winner who went to New Zealand late last year and disappointed in his three starts across the Tasman.

    Since being retired from the race in the Bendigo Cup, Stanley has slowly brought the five-year-old back to his top and Saturday night’s win took him past the half-million dollar mark in earnings.

    In a race that looked to be Spirit Of St Louis’ for the taking, the $3.40 favourite found the front as expected although his reinsman Jack Callaghan didn’t get the slow quarter he was hoping for as Rock N Roll Doo worked forward from his wife barrier and simply outstayed him in the straight to win by a short half head in a 1:51.1 mile.

    Fellow Victorians Mach Dan and Better Eclipse could make no impression in the straight and finished just behind the placegetters.

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