Breeders Crown - night one wrap

By Adam Hamilton

IT may well have been the birth of a Grand Circuit star.

Born To Rocknroll’s win in last night’s $60,000 Group 2 Breeders Crown free-for-all had it all.

And the 1min52.8sec mile rate for 2240m around Melton was the second fastest run at the track. Only Lennytheshark’s 1min52.4sec back on January 27, 2018, has been quicker.

“We’ve always had a huge opinion of him and it took so much work and time to get him back from that serious injury, but it’s been worth it,” owner-breeder Bill Anderson said.

Born To Rocknroll led, but copped relentless pressure from giant and tough NSW raider Courtsinsession on his outside. They went through the middle half in 56.5sec.

Despite the pressure and calibre of horses chasing, Born To Rocknroll kept finding in closing splits of 56.2 and 27.8sec to win by a neck over stablemates Code Black and Rocknroll Icon.

Courtsinsession did a mighty job to fight on for a close fourth, finishing just 1.6m from the winner.

They ran the last mile in 1min52.7sec.

Born To Rocknroll was sidelined between May 12, 2016 and December 5, last year with injury. He’s returned with seven wins from just nine starts.

Gavin Lang took the reins on Born To Rocknroll and it was his second Group 2 win of the night.

The first came with classy mare Moonshine Linda who made a very timely return to her best form to easily win the $30,000 Crown final for 4YO mares.

Moonshine Linda sat behind favourite Moonlight Dream and zoomed past her in the sprint lane to win by 4.9m in a 2min flat mile rate for 2240m.

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CLASS prevailed in the Group 2 Breeders Crown trotting free-for-all.

Multiple Group 1 winner Big Jack Hammer made light of a wide draw to lead and was never in danger.

Driver Kima Frenning turned into a sprint home and won as she liked over Desert Flyer, who sat behind the leader, in a 1min59.6sec mile rate for 2240m.

It capped a fantastic first season in David Aiken’s care where Big Jack Hammer kept improving. He won six races and almost $180,000. The biggest wins came in the Grand Prix at Melton and Trotters’ Mile at Menangle.

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COMEBACK star Wobelee had to be content with a solid second in the Breeders Crown 4YO entires and geldings final.

The former juvenile star, who was sidelined for a year with injury, sat behind the classy and speedy Majestic Player.

The race became a sprint home and Majestic Player ripped home in 27.6sec to win by 2.2m in a 1min59.5sec mile rate for 2240m.

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