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    LIGHTLY-RACED veteran Vee Rock continued his successful return to racing at Tabcorp Park Melton last night. Having his second start from a 15-month break,... Veteran Rock on a roll

    LIGHTLY-RACED veteran Vee Rock continued his successful return to racing at Tabcorp Park Melton last night.

    Having his second start from a 15-month break, Vee Rock is unbeaten this campaign after scoring in M1-M2 company for trainer Adam Kelly.

    Driven by Zac Phillips, the son of Universal Rock led from the pole before being eased to take a trail behind Richi.

    Angled into the passing lane during the latter stages, Vee Rock sprinted to a five-and-a-half metre win from the pacemaker, with Dikerry three-and-a-half metres away third.

    Pleased with the nine-year-old’s form, Kelly has set sights on a possible country cup campaign with the gelding.

    “He’s been a bit of a surprise as he had a fair bit of time off,” Kelly said. “He’s never had any major problems, but a few niggles.

    “For a nine-year-old he is in good fettle. Ron Wicks jogged him up and when I got him he was in great order and he has thrived from being in work.

    “He will go around in Melton again next week and then I might look at dipping his toes in a country cup.”

    Rating 1:55.8 over 2240 metres, Vee Rock was the closing leg of a double for Kelly after Ranga Roc scored earlier on the card.

    Also driven by Phillips, the son of 2011 A G Hunter Cup winner Stunin Cullen worked to the lead from his second row draw before accounting for Irish Grit and Twoforsixty in 1:56.7 over 2240 metres.

    “I was confident he would get good run through from his draw and if relaxed and behaved himself he’d run a good race,” Kelly said.

    “During the run though I thought he’d done a little bit of work early and might be vulnerable at the finish but to his credit he kept finding.

    “At the moment Zac just goes with him as not he’s 100 per cent tractable, but if he does learn to relax and settle he will be a better horse driven off the speed could go a fair way next season.”

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