Awesome win for The Rock

Nov 08, 2016

Local WA couple Alan and Sue Olive watched from afar yesterday afternoon as Awesome Rock, the horse they bred and part own took out the $2 million Emirates Stakes at Flemington.

There is no greater thrill for an owner than winning a Group 1 race during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, but the win was that much sweeter for connections after having the Australian Cup taken off them in March.

“We knew he had the win in him and it is great to finally have the monkey off his back” Sue Olive said.

Awesome Rock was first across the post in this year’s Australia Cup only to have the win stripped from him in a controversial protest by the Chris Waller trained Preferment.

Every one involved with Awesome Rock including co trainers Leon and Troy Corstens, rider Stephen Baster and all the owners drew praise with the sportsman like way in which they accepted the decision of the stewards and as a result Saturday’s win was an extremely popular victory at Flemington.

Alan and Sue Olive sold their successful drilling company in 2010 and since then have set up Gold Front Thoroughbreds – an extremely successful breeding and racing operation near Gingin.

Awesome Rock went through the ring for Gold Front at the 2013 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale. He was purchased by Spicer Thoroughbreds for $575000 a small investment for a horse that has now won over 2 million dollars in prize money and is valued at close to 20 million as a stallion prospect.

The Olives also have several other family members of the Group 1 winning entire. Awesome Rock’s dam Awesome Planet is one of their two mares that they have at Newgate Farm. Awesome Planet won the Group3 Doomben Roses and the Listed Soliloquy Stakes in New Zealand.

Awesome Planet’s 4yo daughter Elite Rock races from Gold Front’s Gingin stable as does her half sister Think Velvet Moon.

Awesome Planet has a Snitzel filly that will go through the 2017 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale and has just been confirmed to be back in foal to Fastnet Rock this season.

In an interview the day after the Emirates Stakes victory, Troy Corstens said Awesome Rock would go for an immediate spell and be set for Group 1 races in the Autumn including a tilt at the Orr Stakes at Caulfield in February over 1400m, which would further enhance his stud value.

Author: Ashleigh Carpenter

Photo: Western Racepix