First winner by Rock ‘N’ Pop

Waikato Stud resident Rock ‘N’ Pop is on the board after his talented daughter Veuve Clicquot was successful at Otaki on Friday.

The filly has been one of only a handful of first crop representatives this season for the son of Fastnet Rock and NZ Derby winner Popsy.

Veuve Clicquot improved on her debut run to open her account in the NZB Pearl Insurance 2YO Series. She had been very green when beaten into third at Trentham earlier this month but the addition of blinkers saw her safely home by a length.

“She’s got a wonderful physique, a big strong filly with a lot of natural muscle,” said part-owner and trainer Tony Bambry. “She’s potentially a classic contender next season and we will look at the (G1) Thousand Guineas in November. She’s that sort of filly, she’s going to get over ground.”

Veuve Clicquot jumped well to sit outside the leader and she proved too strong in the run home under rider Jonathan Parkes. She is a daughter of USA stakes winner Megan’s Tough Love (Rahy) from the family of the European Group 1 winners Ajdal and Formidable.

Bambry bought her for $12,000 at the 2016 Karaka Yearling Sale.

Rock ‘N’ Pop won the G1 NZ 2000 Guineas and was runner-up in the G1 NZ Derby and stands at Waikato Stud for a $9,000 (plus gst) service fee.