La Rocque

La Rocque winning at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos)

Another 2YO winner for McArdle, Mott

John McArdle trained two-year-old Stakes winners over consecutive Saturdays at Flemington as La Rocque cruised to victory in the $160,000 Group 3 TBV Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1200m).

La Rocque ($1.90 favourite) raced up on the pace away from the inside rail under Jamie Mott and never appeared in danger of losing her unbeaten record at her second outing, winning by 1.5 lengths from Flying Eveleyn ($8.50) with Her Empire ($8) a further three lengths away in third.

La Rocque's victory follows the success of Tycoon Humma seven days earlier in the Listed Very Special Kids Plate (1000m).

When asked which two-year-old filly was better, McArdle replied: "It's a good problem to have. This one has beaten her in a trial but in their work at home there's not much between them.

"She'll likely go to the paddock and be a bit like Tycoon Humma and come back for those early spring (three-year-old) races." 

Mott, who has also partnered Tycoon Humma to both her juvenile victories, described the fillies as having a 'different style'.

"I think with Tycoon Humma you've got to sit back and relax, where this filly can do it both ends - it's a good position to be in," Mott said.

"She's obviously been to the races twice now for two wins, so she hasn't put a foot wrong. She's still got a few things to iron out.

"She begins really quick and she wanted to get it over with a bit too early today. To her credit she really stuck it out late and she was never going to let them get past her.

"To do it over 1200 metres is a very good effort and I can't wait until we get into a better race when there's genuine speed and she can sit off. In her trackwork we do sit her off and she's quite electric. Once she gets a race-day scenario like that, you'll see the best of her."

Bred by McArdle, La Rocque is by Kuroshio out of Bianconi mare Bianslick, who produced city-winning stablemate Ray's Dream, a winner of four races from 1000 to 1100 metres.