Group Three target for Wewillrock

Hastings trainers Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen are hoping to make their mark at the New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Million here at Ellerslie on Saturday with their promising three-year-olds Wewillrock and The Stoney One.

Promising three-year-old Wewillrock. Photo: Trish Dunell
Promising three-year-old Wewillrock | Photo: Trish Dunell

Fresh from producing Can I Get An Amen to run fourth in the Gr.1 Telegraph (1200m) at Trentham last Saturday, the Hawke’s Bay trainers have nominated the pair for the Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m), while Wewillrock is also entered for the Gr.3 Cambridge Stud Almanzor Trophy (1200m).

A son of El Roca, Wewillrock has looked smart in his four races to date.

Fourth in his only juvenile start, the $35,000 Karaka purchase beat subsequent Group Three placegetters Sassy Merlot and La Bella Beals on his three-year-old debut at Taupo in October.

He then finished third after getting well back at Rotorua on December 1, before scoring an impressive victory in a Rating 65 event at Te Rapa on December 18.

“He was a bit immature as a two-year-old but he’s got plenty of talent,” Lowry said.

“He’s still maturing and I know he’ll be a serious horse later on. He’s got a lot of improvement left.”

Lowry is leaning towards a start in the Almanzor Trophy with Wewillrock, who hasn’t raced beyond 1215m.

“He will probably run in the Almanzor Trophy over 1200m. He just missed a bit of work after Te Rapa and it is probably safer to run in the 1200m. He is a good horse and he will be competitive in that race and I am just lessening the risk,” he said.

Lowry and Cullen will still have a tilt at the million dollar bounty care of talented Pierro gelding The Stoney One ($14), a winner two starts back prior to finishing second to One More Time, with that mare a subsequent winner at Awapuni and set to contest the Gr.2 Westbury Classic (1400m) on Saturday.

“He’s going well. I feel like beyond On The Bubbles, he is up with the rest of them on form in the Karaka Million 3YO Classic,” Lowry said.

Also impressing from the Lowry-Cullen team at Trentham last Saturday was Mohaka, who led most of the way before finishing third in the Gr.3 Trentham Stakes (2100m).

“She’s a really good, honest mare and it was a terrific run against the pattern of racing on the day,” Lowry said.

Mohaka may be next seen in the Gr.3 Taranaki Cup (1800m) on February 5 and then possibly the Gr.2 Avondale Cup (2400m) at Ellerslie on February 19.

“She’s got a pretty high cruising speed and she’s never really been over ground, so it would be nice to think she could get 2400m.”

Story c/– NZ Racing Desk