Yet another stakes-winner purchased as a yearling by Newgate Farm, China Horse Club and partners, Volcanic Rock opened his Black Type account in Saturday’s Listed Authentic BRC Security The Phoenix (1500m) at Eagle Farm, which has likely earned him a shot in next weeks $1million Group I BRC JJ Atkins, unless he is sold to Hong Kong first.
The gelded son of Hinchinbrook had the flashing light when returning from a 26-week break for a fighting second to the promising Overman over 1300m at Rosehill on May 22.
Given a positive ride by Craig Williams, the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Volcanic Rock looked vulnerable when challenged by Verbek, but found plenty in the final stages to win by three-quarters of a length.
Purchased for $240,000 by China Horse Club / Newgate Bloodstock out of the Bell River Thoroughbreds draft at the 2020 Classic Yearling Sale, Volcanic Rock is a half-brother to Group III ATC Kindergarten Stakes winner Furnaces.
With two wins and a second from four starts and over $112,000 in prizemoney, Volcanic Rock is one of six winners from seven to race out of the stakes-placed Strategic mare Heat Of The Fire.