Party Rocker In The House

Nov 22, 2012

Gentle looking for giant payout

Rosehill trainer Brian Gentle says the lure of a $100,000 bonus was too much to ignore when deciding to back-up Party Rocker ahead of Saturday’s Inglis Bonus Handicap (1500m) on his home track.

Party Rocker resumed at Kembla last Saturday for Gentle after having his first three starts in the care of Tim Martin.

The son of Stratum broke his maiden tag with a one length win over 1200 metres after leading all the way.

"It’s a big ask to back-up a week after your first-up run and jump up to the 1500 metres,” Gentle said.

"The positive you can take out is that he is better ridden with a sit so his effort to lead and win at Kembla was good and the $100,000 bonus (available to all 14 horses) is hard to resist.”

Gentle said Party Rocker appeared to be the "type that would handle 1400m-1600m” but conceded the three-year-old’s task was made more difficult when he drew barrier 14.

"It’s fair to say I was looking for a softer draw,” he said.

"(Yusuke) Ichi (kawa) is back on and he rode him in his first three starts so we’re hoping his knowledge of the horse will assist in getting the right run from the outside gate.”

Success on Saturday could see Party Rocker venture interstate in search of more bonus dollars.

"There’s an Inglis (Bonus) race at Moonee Valley on December 14,” he said.

"Saturday will determine his interstate fate.”

Nic Ashman 22/11/2012