Angel rocks and rolls to victory at Menangle.

Angela Hedges returns to scale after steering Rocknroll Angel; to victory at Menangle.It may be some three decades later but Forbes owned and trained mare, Rocknroll Angel relived the glory days of the sport for Forbes-ites when the highly talented four year old led throughout to score an emphatic victory in the $26,000 AGL Energy Tabcorp Park Country Series Final (1609m) at the state’s headquarters, Menangle in Sydney’s southwest last Saturday night.
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It has been a fairly scarce run for Forbes trained pacers in the city in recent times but who could ever forget the era that saw the likes of Teramby Princes, Merlin Adios, Kyalla Fling, Tiff’s Mystery, Bundanoon, Lang Lachlan and Lachlan Missie to name just a few who took all before them at Harold Park, winning feature races on a weekly basis back in the 1980’s.

Rocknroll Angel ($7.80) certainly appears to be headed for better things after the mare toughed it out, defying all challengers to score by a neck over Bathurst pair, Imthevillagestar ($16, Kerryanne Turner) and Fouroeight ($1.50 favourite, Mat Rue).

Driven a confident race by regular reinswoman Angela Hedges (from Bathurst), Rocknroll Angel posted an impressive 1.52.6 for the mile journey and took her career earnings to just over $39,000.

Those earnings have come from 12 race starts where she has recorded seven wins and two placings.

Much credit for her success has to go to her part-owner and trainer Adam Bellach who is a relative newcomer to the sport.

Bellach and his partner Judith Wright who also owns a share in Rocknroll Angel, put the polish on a small team of pacers and they turn them out in fine fettle each time they go to the racetrack.

But it is the well-known Dunn family from Forbes who purchased the well bred filly for $30,000 at the APG Yearling sale three years ago, knowing fully well that if you want success in the sport, you need to aim high.

Cameron Dunn, his wife Renee, father Bill and mother Carol all share in the ownership of Rocknroll Angel and entrusted Bellach and Wright with the care of their beautiful filly (now mare) and all is starting to pay off.

The mare’s seven wins included three at Dubbo and two at Bathurst before she travelled to Temora on January 14 where she scored by a massive 27 metres to qualify for the Menangle Final.

Now that she has proven worthy of chasing the better races, connections are likely to concentrate on placing Rocknroll Angel in races at Menangle or on the Carnival of Cups circuit.

Ironically, the other Country Series Final on Saturday night was taken out by Angela Hedges’ fiancé, Nathan Hurst aboard Innocent Crocker who defeated Blake On Fire which is trained in Parkes by Kevin Medlyn.

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