Rock On With Southwell Outsider
Fibresand Can Bring Win For Kellaway Six-Year-Old
It has been two years since the middle-distance performer PURPLE ROCK has won a race and he was trained by Michael Easterby at that time, but a switch to Fibresand, a surface some horses cannot go on, might bring about a visit to the winners’ enclosure today. The gelding is a son of Fastnet Rock and it is a glance at the performances of the latter’s progeny that gives cause for optimism. They have produced eight wins from 47 attempts in the last five years, according to BTOPlus+ and allied to a distance stat of 15% lends a suggestion that the horse will go well today. He has been running in, or just outside the places in his last nine races since going to Kellaway's Exning stable, and last time out was beaten a dozen lengths in a Class 4 at Newmarket, a better race than today. He runs off a mark a couple of pounds below that this afternoon. His main rival might be a similar sort in VIVERNUS, who has won twice on the all-weather since a wind operation in early summer, and whose sire Street Cry produces horses that go well at Southwell - a 25% win stat is impressive. Purple Rock is 11/1 on the exchanges and Vivernus 11/2.