Lightly raced mare SANTA ROCKS produced an outstanding effort second-up at Canterbury on Friday night, recording her second career victory when winning the TAB Rewards Handicap over 1500m.
When the gates open, the Godolphin runner Bracteate went forward to take up the running, with jockey Brenton Avdulla allowing the Team Hawkes-trained Fastnet Rock Santa Rocks to settle in a mid-field position on the outside of Scratch Me Lucky.
Starting to make her move well before the home turn, at the 300m mark Santa Rocks was full of running and starting to make ground on the leader, coming around the field to be in a challenging position.
Hitting the lead with 100m to run, the mare pulled away for an impressive length and a quarter victory over Baylie Louise with race leder Bracteate holding on for third.
Purchased from the draft of Newgate Farm at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale in conjunction with Paul Messara Racing, the victory was the second from only five starts for the mare and owners; Favretto Bloodstock, Arrowfield Pastoral Pty Ltd, Mr J C Ashton, Mr G P Calder, Henry Field Bloodstock Pty Ltd, Mr W G Bax, Mr J M Andrews, Mr J M Andrews, Mrs R E Andrews and Adcock Thoroughbred Racing Pty Ltd should be congratulated on their patience.