Rochelle ready to rock

ANDREW KINSELLA is counting on his stable’s upturn in fortunes to help Rock Of Rochelle fare better at Leopardstown tomorrow.

The young Curragh trainer won a Listed race at his local track last season with his colt before saddling him for seventh in the Group One Middle Park Stakes.

Rock Of Rochelle was only sixth on his return back at the Curragh in April and has his second start in the Group Three Ballycorus Stakes.

“We had a slow start to the year with viruses and a lot of the horses were just not getting home,” said Kinsella.

“However, they are looking like they’re coming back to form now as I ran a couple at Navan last week and one got the rough end of a photo to be second and another just lost out for third.

“The ground was too firm to work at the Curragh so I took the horse for a racecourse gallop at Leopardstown last week to get a feel of the grass again.

“He worked very well and I feel he can give a good account of himself at Leopardstown on Wednesday.”

The dry spell looks to have cost Hard Rock City his chance in the Leopardstown contest.

Despite reaching the ripe old age of eight, Michael Grassick’s gelding has only raced 19 times and was second in a Group Three last season as well as winning a valuable handicap at Galway.

Things have not been so bright this year and he is not likely to make an event he was sixth in 12 months ago.

“He’s doubtful,” said Grassick. “He just needs a bit of dig and we have not had any real rain in Ireland for a long time, so it looks like we’ll need to keep waiting.”


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