A Rocknroll Dance on a roll

31 March 2020

It’s been a terrific month of results for the young stallion A Rocknroll Dance, and the weekend just been was no exception with a trio of impressive feature race winners in Bar Room Banta, Keayang Jackie and Jay Ok.

The Mick Stanley trained Bar Room Banta was a superb winner of the IRT Australia Shakamaker 2YO Classic at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday evening, blitzing his rivals by more than nine metres and registering a slick 1:53.8 mile rate for the 1,720m juvenile feature.

A $26,000 Sydney APG Yearling Sale purchase, Bar Room Banta is out of the four-win Christian Cullen mare Jerada Ace whom is a half-sister to the $500,000 plus earner San Carlo.

At the same meeting the 3-year-old A Rocknroll Dance filly Keayang Jackie extended her unbeaten stretch this season to three with a storming late run from the back of the field in the Allied Express 3YO Classic to down a quality line-up of fillies that included the likes of last season’s Breeders Crown 2YO Final winner Maajida and the recent NSW Oaks runner-up Its Beaujolais.

Like Bar Room Banta, Keayang Jackie is out of a winning Christian Cullen mare in Christian Party, a daughter of the multiple Group 1 winning New Zealand filly Party Party.

On the same evening at the Bathurst Gold Crown meeting the Paul Fitzpatrick trained Jay Ok was a dominant front running winner of the Listed Gold Chalice Consolation, distancing the field to win by almost 10 metres.

The lightly raced 3-year-old is the first foal of the winning Sportswriter mare Naevia.

The Group 1 Gold Chalice Final itself also saw the A Rocknroll Dance gelding Fire And Sword finish in third spot behind Focus Stride and the dual Derby runner-up Perfect Stride.

In an outstanding month of results for A Rocknroll Dance, including A Spanish Dance winning the Tasmania Oaks, Bar Room Banta was incredibly his sire’s 24th individual winner in NZ and Australia in March - despite the limited race meetings due to the coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak, with A Rocknroll Dance’s progeny recording 33 wins in that period.