Rocknroll Turbo helps Hillier drive five winners in Launceston

16 / 05 / 2017 Article by: Duncan Dornauf
Rocknroll Turbo on the outside wins the Globe Derby Prelude in Launceston icon Click to enlarge

The Globe Derby Prelude looked an exciting race on paper and the Tasmanian-bred three-year-old colts and geldings didn’t disappoint with only 1.5 metres between the first three placegetters. The Rohan Hillier trained and driven Rocknroll Turbo took out the honours.

Settling in the one-out one-back trail Hillier allowed his more fancied rivals to fly down the back straight in 28.8 seconds but the final 200 metres of that quarter was significantly faster than the first 200 metres.

Hillier pealed Rocknroll Turbo three wide at the top of the home straight and he was able to pick up Usain Jolt and Harjeet over the concluding stages.

“He is a really fast horse from behind and the race was set up for him down the back, he did a really good job to win tonight,” Hillier said post race.

The Rock N Roll Heaven colt over raced during the middle stages of the race. “They did walk early but the speed will be on in the final so he should settle a lot better,” the winning trainer-driver said.

Undefeated in three starts for Hillier, Rocknroll Turbo was sent to the Beauty Point-based trainer to take advantage of the trainer’s close proximity to the beach. “Paul (Hill) was having a bit of trouble with his legs and because I have access to the salt water they decided to send him to me,” Hillier said.

Hillier made it a training and driving double when he won the Tasracing Stakes with Chenin Valley.

Settling in the back half of the field Hillier eased the Artistic Fella filly three wide at the 1000-metre mark and it looked like Chenin Valley was going to run a clear second to the favourite Pockets Of Courage.

“I was never going to win until right on the line,” Hillier said after the win.

“He is better out and rolling like they were tonight as he has no real high speed,” the trainer-driver added.

Hillier ended up driving five of the ten winners on Sunday night, which beats his previous best of four winners.

He also partnered Mister Lennox in the Golden Mile, Chirac in the C6 to C7 pace and Lord Jones in race nine.

Fast times were the talking point of the track with the two-minute mile rate barrier broken on five occasions. “The track has been a lot better up here the last few weeks,” Hillier said.

The opening event of the program was the prelude of the 6ty Bandbox which saw the short-price favourite El Jays Mystery bring up her first win of the season.

The second elect Playing Arkabella finished 1.4 metres away in second position.

The $40,000 6ty Bandbox and $40,000 Globe Derby Final’s will be held at the Luxbet Racing Centre on Friday night May 26.

Race replays for the meeting.

Drivers to drive five winners on the same program in Tasmania;

  • Ricky Duggan, Hobart 2014 and 2016,
  • Rohan Hadley, Launceston 2009,
  • Rohan Hillier, Launceston 2017,
  • Gavin Lang, Launceston 2013,
  • Frank Powell, Queenstown 1919,
  • Barrie Rattray, Hobart Showgrounds 1989,
  • Gareth Rattray, Launceston 2009 and Burnie 2014,
  • Jack Stamford, Devonport 1951,
  • Tom Terry, Derby 1932,
  • Neville Webberley, Hobart Showgrounds 1996.

Six winners on the same program;

  • Barrie Rattray, Hobart Showgrounds 1992 and Launceston 2000.