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Road To Rock to retire to stud in New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND stud Wellfield Lodge has secured dual Australian Group 1 winner Road To Rock for his stallion career.

The five-year-old son of Encosta De Lago – who is out of Trewornan, a Midyan mare bred in Britain by jockey Pat Eddery – will join Alamosa and Handsome Ransom at Wellfield Lodge.

He has been syndicated into 50 shares, with Wellfield the majority owner, and will begin his stud career at NZ$12,500 (£6,079, €7,110).

Road To Rock has won six of his 35 starts, including the Group 1 George Main Stakes over 1m and the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 1m2f in the current southern-hemisphere season.

He was also beaten just a head in last month's Group 1 Doncaster Mile, when his jockey Damien Oliver weighed in a kilo and a half overweight. He will have his swansong in the Group 1 Doomben Cup this weekend.

Road To Rock's grand-dam is Miss Silca Key, trained by David Elsworth to win the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot in 1984.




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