From unwanted yearling to Flemington fancy

Mark Young vividly recalls his thoughts when Rosemont Stud’s Anthony Mithen told him he had been chosen as the trainer for Rock’n’rollrock.

They were not positive.

Like most members of the Rosemont racing squad, the son of Toorak Toff did his pre-training with Young, who also prepares his own team of around 14 at Anakie, near Geelong, but he was not one he ever dreamt of keeping.

“He had a few problems as a baby,” Young recalled. “He had troubles with his stomach and he used to scour a lot, so he didn’t get to go to the sales.

“He just looked weak and sort of fairly unassuming.

“Mitho came out one day and said, ‘we’ll leave this one here and it can be yours’. I said to him ‘I don’t want it’.

“We’d done enough with him to say that he was going nowhere. But then we gave him four weeks off and brought him back, as we’ve been doing with a lot of babies - just giving them short spells, bringing them in and out - and he just kept on improving.

“He had to, but the improvement was amazing.”

Mark Young vividly recalls his thoughts when Rosemont Stud’s Anthony Mithen told him he had been chosen as the trainer for Rock’n’rollrock.

They were not positive.

Like most members of the Rosemont racing squad, the son of Toorak Toff did his pre-training with Young, who also prepares his own team of around 14 at Anakie, near Geelong, but he was not one he ever dreamt of keeping.

“He had a few problems as a baby,” Young recalled. “He had troubles with his stomach and he used to scour a lot, so he didn’t get to go to the sales.

“He just looked weak and sort of fairly unassuming.

“Mitho came out one day and said, ‘we’ll leave this one here and it can be yours’. I said to him ‘I don’t want it’.

“We’d done enough with him to say that he was going nowhere. But then we gave him four weeks off and brought him back, as we’ve been doing with a lot of babies - just giving them short spells, bringing them in and out - and he just kept on improving.

“He had to, but the improvement was amazing.”

He came from the second half of the field that day, as he will be required to do at Flemington, where he will start from the outside barrier in the field of 11 with Dean Yendall aboard.

“He’s drawn 11, but he’ll go back,” Young said. “He does need to get cover and relax early in his races to show the turn of foot that he’s obviously got.

“If he pressed forward and didn’t get cover he’d probably pull and leave it all in the first 600 (metres).

“This looks a nice race for him because it’s a nice time of year to progress from the country to the city for two-year-olds.

“But how much depth’s in this race, we won’t know for six months.”

Rock’n’rollrock shared the $6.50 third line with Ciaron Maher’s Loch Oir in CrownBet’s market at 4pm Friday, which was headed by the Robbie Laing-trained So Si Bon at $3.50. Casta, from the Tony McEvoy stable, was the $5.50 second pick.

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