10 Aug '11, 7am

Rocket Man had his first serious hit-out this morning as he prepares for Japan & Hong Kong

Rocket Man had his first serious hit-out this morning as he prepares for Japan & Hong Kong

Trainer Patrick Shaw had some of his big guns out in force at Wednesday’s barrier trials. Ato, who lines-up in the Group 3 $200,000 Woodlands Handicap over 1200m on Sunday, won his heat, but the main focus of attention was on the return of champion sprinter Rocket Man. The reigning Horse of the Year had his first serious hit-out this time in work as he goes about preparing for his next “world tour”. With Melbourne and a “bout” against Black Caviar having been ruled out, Rocket Man is preparing for firstly Japan in October and then to amend last year’s defeat in Hong Kong in December. Rocket Man (Barend Vorster) has the measure of Jamal Malik (Olivier Placais) in a 1000m barrier trial on Wednesday morning. Rocket Man, with Barend Vorster up, scored a comfortable trial victory this morning over stablemate Jamal Malik (Olivier Placais) in 1 min 00.34 secs, the last 600m in 34...

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