Memphis Rock wins at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos/Natasha Morello)
He might not be worth the seven-figure sum his younger brother could command, but in a timely reminder of his ability, Memphis Rock found a good day to rediscover his best form at Flemington on Saturday.
Just a few hours before Memphis Rock registered his fifth career win in the Prince Of Penzance Plate (1200m), his younger brother Acrobat made a memorable start to his racing career when the juvenile won the $500,000 Inglis Nursery (1000m) at Randwick on debut for trainers Ciaron Maher and Dave Eustace.
"It’s a big thrill and he couldn’t let his younger brother show him up today," co-trainer Ben Hayes said after the race.
“He’s always run in good races. He’d be a nice horse to own. He’s always genuine, and he tries, and they’re always the horses that you want, especially a win down the straight, at headquarters, they’re the one you want."
Memphis Rock and Acrobat are by Fastnet Rock out of the stakes winning Stravinsky mare Hips Don’t Lie, making both brothers to stakes winners Lake Geneva and Ennis Hill.
Memphis Rock prevailed in a tight photo over Belzelle with a length and a half to $3.60 equal favourie Excelida, who edged out co-favourite Alburq for third.