ROCKOON has put in one of the biggest runs ever seen over 600 metres at The Meadows, spotting the leaders over 10 lengths, before powering home to score in a fast 34.36 to take out Monday night’s Group 1 Hume Cup Final (600m).
The son of Peter Rocket and Raya Riot – home bred by Lisa and Keith Hellmuth –debuted in a sizzling 34.16 over 600 metres at The Meadows a few weeks ago and showcased his outstanding stamina in races leading up to Monday’s exceptional performance.
The white and black chaser defeated fellow backmarker Where Art Thou by three and a half lengths, with the Jason Mackay-trained Riley Tokaam finishing in third, a further three quarters of a length behind.
Owner Lisa Hellmuth – understandably overcome with emotion after such an amazing display in a Group 1 final – admitted that her and husband Keith opted against selling Rockoon after a substantial six-figure sum had been offered from across the border.
“We were offered big money for the greyhound and it certainly was a good sum of money but we raced both Rockoon’s mother and father and he is a very special animal to us with some sentimental value so we decided to keep him and it looks like it was the right play,” said Lisa, who was still in awe of her chaser’s will to win on Monday night.
“What an absolutely huge run by the dog. He usually jumps and gets shuffled back early over 600 metres but with a lap to go I could see he was still well back but was starting to make his move.
“Down the back I was thinking he was going to run a place but as they got closer to the 600-metre boxes I really started to scream,” said Lisa, who remains excited about her charge’s prospects over a half-mile trip.
“We think he will run 700 metres because he is still getting shuffled back over the middle distance and I reckon a longer run into a first turn will suit him and he showed tonight how he can run home.”
The win was obviously extra special considering the husband and wife team bred, reared, broke-in and race Rockoon, who has emulated his sire Peter Rocket by winning at the highest level.
“We always thought Peter Rocket would throw something – he was such a good dog to us, but to be able to breed something like this is a dream come true.”