Herbie Dyke Stakes winner On The Rocks may head across the Tasman in the coming months in a bid to boost his stallion prospects.
The Michael Moroney and Pam Gerard-trained entire hit a new career high in Saturday’s $400,000 feature at Te Rapa. His connections are keen to add to that elite-level tally, with the Doncaster Mile a likely target.
“I would like to start him in the Bonecrusher (New Zealand Stakes), but obviously still being an entire, Mike had thoughts of maybe going straight to the Doncaster,” Gerard said.
“But we are just unsure of how good he is and that is a big step up and it’s a hard race. There are plenty of options for him over the next few months, we can do a number of things. We’ll just get him through this week and we’ll make a plan from there.”
Gerard, who recorded her first Group One victory as a trainer with Saturday’s win, said On The Rocks has pulled up well after the win.
“He seemed quite happy in the paddock the next day,” she said. “He ate up and was bouncing around the paddock like he hadn’t had a run. He went up and had a bit of a trot this morning and I really couldn’t fault him.”