Rocha Clock wins the Dark Jewel

A 10 out of 10 ride by Rachel King delivered a maiden black-type success for Rocha Clock in the Dark Jewel Classic.

The John O’Shea-trained Rocha Clock left her opponents with no excuses when storming to victory in the $200,000 Group 3 Coolmore Dark Jewel Classic (1400m) at Scone on Friday.

After being slowly into stride, Rachel King guided the daughter of Pierro to the outside of the field in the straight and Rocha Clock proceeded to pick off her opponents one by one.

The four-year-old mare strode to the front inside the 200m before holding off a late challenge from the Peter and Paul Snowden duo of Missile Mantra and Reelem In Ruby.

Rocha Clock ($7.50) defeated Missile Mantra ($7) by a long-neck with Reelem In Ruby ($13) another half-length away in third. The $5 favourite More Prophets was held up slightly in the straight before working home to claim fifth.

The win maintained King and Rocha Clock’s unbeaten record together – their third success from three starts.

“She’s just in good form,” O’Shea told Sky Racing. “Despite the fact she had a wide gate we come here thinking she’d run well and she really lived up to that.

“Really, really super ride from Rachel and a good team effort to get her going.”

The victory was Rocha Clock’s seventh from 16 starts, her first in black-type grade and O’Shea hinted the mare would venture to Brisbane for one last run of the campaign.

He signalled the $500,000 set weights Sapphire Stakes (1600m) at Eagle Farm on June 5 would be Rocha Clock’s grand final.

“We’ve got a nice race picked out for her in Brisbane in three weeks time and that will nearly do her this prep,” he said.

“She’s just in a rich vein of form, just a really happy mare racing well.”

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