Oberon trainer Watterson's Rockn and Rolln wins at Parkes

Rockn and Rolln ($4) won his first race since May, after winning the Tab.com.au Elvis Championships Heat Three at Parkes on Friday night. 

WINNER: Oberon trainer Wayne Watterson saw Rockn and Rolln claim victory for him at Parkes on Friday, with Doug Hewitt in the gig. Photo: ALEXANDER GRANT

WINNER: Oberon trainer Wayne Watterson saw Rockn and Rolln claim victory for him at Parkes on Friday, with Doug Hewitt in the gig. Photo: ALEXANDER GRANT

It was just the five-year-old bay horse’s second start since August, after recovering from a throat infection.

Rockn and Rolln settled towards the tail end of the pacing pack early, begun his push for the front in final back straight and finished 4.80 metres ahead of race favourite Master Benny ($3.20).

Oberon trainer Wayne Watterson was over the moon with the result.

“When he’s off the front, he’s got good gate speed,” he said.

“In the last few runs he’s [Doug Hewitt, driver], been saving he’s runs.

“He’s a nice horse. He was in a Group 1 final in June [NSW Breeders Challenge at Menangle].

“He’s been going really sound. He’s recovered from a throat infection. He had one when he was younger horse and it knocked him around for a bit. The vet said to give him time and he’ll grow out of it but it’s been a bit of a problem. 

“But I’m over the moon. He’s breathing terrific. Fingers cross. He’s got no problems, he’s healthy and he’s strong. He’s actually come back stronger.” 

The win for Rockn and Rolln now qualifies the five-year-old for the Elvis Championships on January 10.

Watterson took Rockn and Rolln to Parkes because his nickname is Elvis and the horse is named for Elvis Presley’ 1973 song Rock and Roll Heaven.

“I was a fan of Elvis when I was a kid,” he said.