BEAUDESERT’S Thunder Rocker was untouchable on the track at Beaudesert Race Club on Monday.
The local horse made a dash to the finish line with jockey Michael Cahill and left their competitors far behind in the third race of the day.
Trainer Darleen Duryea said Thunder Rocker did very well considering he had never raced before.
“He was just too good,” she said. “It was a very soft win and he was untouched by the jockey.”
Ms Duryea said she credited the country air in Beaudesert for the horse’s performance after returning from Hong Kong.
Thunder Rocker underwent six trials before he was sent to his Hong Kong owner to race overseas.
The four-year-old then returned to Beaudesert trainers Darleen Duryea and Simon Hancock without having raced.
Ms Duryea said Thunder Rocker might not have been happy overseas but he certainly was thrilled to be home.
“I think maybe he couldn’t handle the atmosphere over there compared to the nice country area we have here,” she said. “He was happy to be home when he got off the truck.”
Ms Duryea said Mr Cahill, who rode the horse, had previously trialed Thunder Rocker months ago and rated the horse highly.
“It was nice to have him reunited with the horse for the win,” she said.
Ms Duryea said upon returning to Beaudesert, the horse had a break before his training began.
“He relaxed in our padddocks at Clear Summer Lodge before being in work for about three to four months,” she said. “He was well-handled by local rider Lyle Finlay.”
The overcast day did not stop keen racegoers from watching nine races featuring local and metropolitan horses run.
Due to temporary closure of Eagle Farm Race Course, Beaudesert Race Club almost double the usual amount of prize money with about $20,000 per race on offer.
General manager Lisa Hartney said the atmosphere was different this time with more jockeys, trainers and owners in the mix.
“We received 133 nominations so we ended up adding an additional race,” she said.