Trainer John McArdle has been frustrated with Rockets Red Glare who has shown good promise at the trials but failed to deliver on raceday at his three career starts.
The penny while not having yet dropped – is certainly falling in the right direction – and coming off a nine week break the three-year-old produced the best effort of his career to win his maiden by two-and-a-half-lengths
“I’m a lot happier than what I was after his previous three starts,” said a clearly relieved McArdle post-race.
“He still didn’t do it like we wanted to for a horse that’s going to step out to 1400 – 1600 in time.”
Starting at $1.60, Rockets Red Glare gave jockey Daniel Stackhouse a tough time refusing to settle in the early stages.
At the 500m Stackhouse released the handbrake and the gelding made a long sweeping run around the field hitting the front at the 200m mark.
The in-form hoop urged him to the line hands and heels and there appears to be plenty of upside, a point highlighted by McArdle.
“If you have a look at him now he’s got more gear than a trotter on, hopefully in time that will come off him,” he said.
“He’s taken a bit of time but he’s got his maiden out of the way today and hopefully there’s more to come.
“There’s good physical improvement left in him we kept him a little bit fresh as he’s not a natural 1000m horse but he should take good improvement fitness wise as well as mentally.”