Feb 05, 2015

ROCK SPUR (Magnus x Priceless Diamond) was friendless as a yearling. He passed in at the 2013 Melbourne Premier Sale shy of his $15k reserve and his future looked uncertain. 

Wind the clock forward a couple of years and Rock Spur is in demand. After a slashing run at Yarra Valley on debut and a excellent run at Sandown at his second start, offers started filtering through for the 3yo son of Magnus. After his break through win at Geelong on Sunday, the Hong Kong agents have been calling. 

His owner, Ken Williams of Tarcoola Stud, is enjoying the ride and will resist the temptation to sell him.  "I own his mother and a number of other broodmares in his family so I would love to see this boy gain some further blacktype for the family".

"He was an immature yearling and had a wound on his knee from a paddock accident so he wasn't exactly turning heads at the yearling sales. But I always liked him. He has furnished into a great looking horse so it may have been a blessing that he passed in as he looks to have a bright future" smiled Ken Williams.

"It's great to be striking up a successful relationship with Jason and the team at Denistoun Park. We are not only neighbours but we are both striving to develop and produce top class racehorses. Jase has done a great job with Spritely Girl (multiple winner) and now Rock Spur so lets hope there are many more winners to come" said Williams.

Rock's Spur was the 59th winner this season for his sire Magnus who is having a terrific run. Magnus now sits in the Top 20 sires in Australia (by winners) but has an impressive winners/runners strike rate of 40.4% which is only bettered by Snitzel (41.4%). Not bad for a stallion which only stands for $15k!

Rock Spur will now have short freshen up at the water walker before being set for a stakes race in Adelaide in late April.