By Jason Adams
Thursday night was a perfect one for Gaetano Rossin as his own Perfect Rocky took out the feature on the card the GRV Vic Bred Series final.
There were no concerns from the outset as Perfect Rocky began well and led. He held off two hot talents late in Mepunga Wonder and Mandalorian to win at odds of $11.80.
“It was a tough race, I think the Bronelly Jacob gave him (Perfect Rocky) room early which was pretty good for us and once he’s in front he dictates his own race,” Rossin said proudly post-race.
The win was the best of Perfect Rocky’s career and made extra special for the Rossin team being the owners (Dooley and Rossin Syn) and breeders.
“I had him in my hands when he was a pup. We’re a pretty small team and breed a litter or two every 18 months or two years. It’s pretty special,” he said.
“I’ve been in the sport for 30 years and we’ve had some handy ones. I hope to still be in it for decades to come.”
Away from the track Rossin works in wholesale fruit and veg and balances it with training his team of greyhounds.
“We’re on holidays at the moment so it’s giving me a bit more time to concentrate on my dogs. We’ve got 12 dogs at home, all are our own and it’s pretty hands on,” he said.
Later in the night Often Imitated won the night’s Free-For-All when she led all of the way to win in equal best of the night time of 29.33, an identical time to that of Immediate in Race 4.
Racing at Sandown Park will take place on Friday night with the Australian Sprint and Maidment Memorial the night’s features.
Action will be hot off the track with ‘Oz Rock at the Dogs’. There will be loads of activities for young and old – including Karaoke challenge, sizzling BBQ, prizes and giveaways! Sandown will be raising funds for Victorian bushfire relief.