IT’S not often a trainer is given his marching orders after a win, but that’s the case with Robbie O’Connell following Will I Rocknroll’s success at Tabcorp Park Melton yesterday.
With O’Connell sidelined due to a hernia operation, his partner Darryl Peace has been in charge of the stable, which led to Will I Rocknroll breaking his maiden.
O’Connell is about to head to Queensland to recover, with the message coming from the colt’s owners being “don’t come back neither!”
“I’ve been told I’m not needed as the horse didn’t win until I was spelling,” O’Connell quipped. “I was already heading to Queensland, but I’ve been told all I need now is a one-way ticket.
“Darryl has been working all the horses and they’ve improved by lengths!”
Driven by Zac Phillips, Will I Rocknroll led throughout from barrier five to account for Bit Of A Dream and Myzarmi.
Part-owned by Peace, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven rated 1:56.6 over 1720 metres.
“He’s got his ability, but is very immature and needs bit more time to figure it out,” O’Connell said. “So far his first runs from a break have been good, but the second time around he’s not coming up.
“This time he looks stronger, so we will find out in 10 days if it’s the same scenario or if he is strong enough to go on with it.
“I hope to get a couple of more runs into him before end of season then turn him out and hope can come back better next time around.”