And Rock slays rivals at Sandown

Slade Bloodstock filly And Rock opened her account with a powerful win at Sandown on Wednesday.

And Rock (2f Fastnet Rock x Bee and Bee by Grand Lodge) is trained by John McArdle and improved on a last start second to post her first win over 1300 metres.

“She’s always shown us quite a bit and we’ve had an opinion of her for a while,“ said Rob Slade.  “We think she’ll get a mile at least and we’ll just pick our way along now to the spring.”

And Rock had two runs earlier in the year when finishing midfield in stakes races and has obviously improved with the benefit of a good spell.

A $100,000 purchase from the draft of Woodside Park at the 2010 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, And Rock is the fifth winner from Bee and Bee.  The dam is a half-sister to stakes-placed Trencher from the family of G3 winner Le Dejeneur.

And Rock is one of more than 90 Australian winners this season for Fastnet Rock.  He stands at Coolmore at a fee of $132,000.