Rocketing By (Image: Bradley Photos)
For a horse that was knocked down for just $22,000 as a yearling, Rocketing By is doing a great impression of being an emerging top-class galloper.
For, when the Warwick Farm-based three-year-old tackles Saturday's $500,000 Inglis Dash at Flemington, he will attempt to join a rare band of horses that have managed to accrue $1 million in prizemoney before their 10th start.
The bulk of his prizemoney in his first eight races was won at his most recent outing when he won $584,000 for taking the Inglis Sprint in Sydney and on Saturday, he will attempt to add a further $275,000 to his total when he again runs in a rich race restricted to graduates of the various Inglis sales.
Trainer David Pfieffer found the horse at the Scone Yearling sales and despite some misgivings, went on to purchase the son of former star So You Think for what now appears a wonderful bargain.
Rocketing By's pedigree is strong as his mother, Across The Moon, is a half-sister to former super sprinting mare Melito and his father was a 10-time Group 1 winner across both hemispheres and whose service fee in Australia has been as high as $60,000.
Pfieffer said there was a set against the yearling from buyers.
"There weren't any x-rays of the horse and I think that made a big difference to his price," Pfieffer said this week.
"There might have been a bit of an issue, but I liked him and thought I'd take a gamble on him. After all, he was only $22,000.
"He's a neat style of horse and I've always liked So You Thinks out of sprinting mares."
He likes them even more now and possibly into the future as Pfieffer aims to test the colt in another $1m race in April in the G2 Arrowfield Sprint at Randwick.
"He's done a great job the horse and there are a lot of people really excited by him," Pfieffer said. "He's come a long way this preparation and there could be further to go.
"After Saturday, he comes home and we'll look at a race like the Arrowfield (Sprint). It's another $1 million race and it's a Group 2."
Pfieffer might end up having two runners at Flemington on Saturday as he could also accept for his talented mare Yamazaki to run in the G3 $160,000 Shaftesbury Avenue Stakes (1400m).
"She loves a firm track so it'll be dry in Melbourne and probably the opposite in Sydney so she could come down as well," he said.
Rocketing By is the early favourite for Saturday's 1100-metre Inglis Dash.