The John Leotaud trained Rocket Wheel showed that she has made significant improvements in the past two months when she virtually trotted up in the feature Modified Benchmark Handicap for Three-Year-Olds and over Horses Rated 90-70 over 1,200 metres on the main track at Santa Rosa Park, Arima, yesterday.
The Jerry Narace owned four-year-old filly which was the highest rated horse in the event, was sent off as the even-money favourite and did not give her backer any anxious moments. Apprentice Rico Hernandez broke the daughter of Forest Danger/Wheels of Law smartly and the filly led from Desert Dancer, with Root of Jesse and Blind Date moving forward to press the pace.
Going to the far turn the sight was one which all turfites could savour as four horses were in one line battling for the lead.
However, when the horses left the far turn Hernandez allowed Rocket Wheels an inch of reign and the filly quickly pulled clear of Desert Dancer which was being ridden along to stay in touch as Blind Date was short of the racing room with Root of Jesse coming under pressure.
Eye See You was the trailer. At the top of the straight, it was one-way traffic as Rocket Wheel had established a six-length lead and was travelling ominously well. However, inside the final 100 metres, Rocket Wheel was eased considerably to be four lengths ahead of Blind Date which ran on well to deprive a disappointing Desert Dancer of the second spot. Rocket Wheel has now won three of her last for starts and landed her second win in as many starts. She registered the time of 1:13.35 for the trip.
Training honours for the day were shared between Glenn Mendez and Harriram Gobin who signalled that he was back with two winners. Rico Hernandez was the day's most successful, jockey with two winners.