Romakash was successful at the Gold Coast on Saturday. Photo: AAP
A big drop in weight has helped tough gelding Romakash (NZ) (Roc De Cambes) score his first open company win at the Gold Coast.
Romakash was given the run of the race by jockey Larry Cassidy before running down Fighting Teo (Teofilo) on the line in the Heineken Handicap (2200m).
Trainer Matt Kropp has had a lot of success buying staying horses, including Romakash, from the New Zealand sales in recent years.
“The best of them was probably Trusty Lad who won the Three-Year-Old staying series here,” Kropp said.
“But this bloke has won nine races now so he is getting up there.
“There is a 2400m race (Tattersall’s Cup) coming up (June 13 at Eagle Farm) so he can have a crack at that.”
Romakash won his previous start in restricted class with 60kg and dropped 5kg on Saturday.
“The weight drop helped and Larry rode him perfectly,” Kropp said.
A son of Roc De Cambes, Romakash was purchased out of The Oaks Stud’s 2016 Ready To Run draft for $46,000.