Three-year-old Shocking gelding Camino Rocoso once again highlighted his claims for this season’s Gr.1 Vodafone NZ Derby with an exciting effort at the Ellerslie twilight meeting ahead of the commencement of the New Zealand Bloodstock yearling sales which starts on Monday.
Reared and broken in at Hallmark Stud, the Hugh Bowman ridden gelding made it back to back victories, winning the Henley Park (1600m) by three parts of a length from Charles Road and Needlepoint.
With Mr Selfridge ensuring a solid pace upfront, Bowman had Camino Rocoso settled in fourth position and passing the 600m mark, started to make his run.
Rounding the home turn, Bowman tracked into the race with ease and at the 200m mark Bowman went for home, extending impressively to take the prize.
Eased down on the line, the winning margin could have been a lot greater with Bowman summing up the horse perfectly.
“He’s pretty smart,” stated Bowman post-race.
Co-Trainer Andrew Forsman echoed Bowman's thoughts.
“He's pretty smart, "he’s a real Derby horse in the making,” said Forsman.
Elevated to second favourite for the Derby, co-trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman know what it takes to claim a Derby , having various Derbies in both Australia and New Zealand with the likes of Mongolian Khan, Dundeel and Nom Du Jeu.