SHOULD Rockin Shiraz successfully complete her upcoming mission ( Benstud bred and Raised )

SHOULD Rockin Shiraz successfully complete her upcoming mission, connections will have to change their name to suit her preferred style of racing.


That’s the call from trainer David Miles as he prepares to tackle a heat of the Vicbred Super Series at Bendigo tomorrow night.

While the filly is pacing bred, she races as a trotter, meaning she is contesting the squaregaiters’ division of the futurity for her large group of owners, which includes the Raceapacer Syndicate.

“I qualified her as a pacer at Geelong, but she was terrible,” Miles recalled. “So I took her home and decided to give her a real descent workout to see if I could get the lazy streak out of her.

“I wanted to gallop her, but all she was willing to do was trot. I pushed ahead with her as a trotter and a fortnight later she’d qualified in that gait and has looked back.

“She has made a couple of mistakes in her races, but she’s done a really good job given all this has happened in a few months.”

A last-start winner at Melton, Rockin Shiraz will begin from barrier three in her pending engagement, with Miles confident the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven can lead throughout.

“She is very good off the mobile, so I expect her to lead or be behind the leader,” Miles said. “If she puts it all together she is going to be very hard to beat.

“I don’t think she will have a problem getting through to the Final, and if she wins that, her owners may have to change the name to Raceatrotter.”

Kinvara Sue is the one to beat in the second fillies’ heat after drawing barrier four for trainer Anton Golino.

Although racing below her best at her last start, the three-year-old finished second in the New South Wales Oaks at her previous outing.

Kinvara Sue boasts six wins and three seconds from 12 starts this term.