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    WHILE Rock N Roll Chapel’s victory at Tabcorp Park Melton caught many by surprise, it was not totally unexpected according to trainer Joe Pace.... Upset win not totally unexpected

    WHILE Rock N Roll Chapel’s victory at Tabcorp Park Melton caught many by surprise, it was not totally unexpected according to trainer Joe Pace.

    By causing an upset in The Tailamade Lombo, Rock N Roll Chapel has forced media man Jason Bonnington to honour his word and shave his head after stating he would do so if Tell Me Tales was beaten in the Group Three.

    But it was also punters who were left anguishing as Rock N Roll Chapel upstaged her more fancied rivals as a $16 outsider.

    With two wins, three placings and a fourth from her previous six starts, the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven was more than ready to prove herself in the feature Pace said.

    “She has been racing very well and is not out of that class,” Pace stated. “From the draw I felt she was a chance of getting a good run along, and if that was the case, be competitive.

    “That’s the way it turned out and she was good enough to make the most of it.”

    With Pace in the cart, Rock N Roll Chapel began quickly to find the pegs from barrier three, but was unable to hold out Beach Garden, which led from gate five.

    After enjoying the run of the race behind the pacemaker, the mare was angled away from the pegs turning for home.

    Gradually narrowing the pacemaker’s lead, Rock N Roll Chapel grabbed the front in the last stride to score by a head, with Tell Me Tales three-and-a-half metres away third.

    “I’m very happy with her run,” Pace said. “It took her the entire straight to get there, but she did which is all that matters.

    “Now I will see how she gets through this run and see what suitable race I can find for her.”

    Owned by Charlie Sant, the six-year-old rated 1:53 over 1720 metres, taking her record to 12 wins and 21 placings from 47 starts for earnings of $106,650.

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