06 Mar '11, 9am

Rocket Man spot on for Dubai

Rocket Man (Barend Vorster) is right on target for his Dubai mission at Meydan on March 26. Vorster had Rocket Man travelling sweetly before releasing the breaks on turning for home where he quickly put the issue beyond doubt. Allowed to cruise home over the concluding stages, Rocket Man stopped the clock at 1 min 10.70 secs. Trainer Patrick Shaw said it was now all systems go for the gelding’s trip to Dubai for the US$2 million Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen over 1200m at Meydan on March 26 and exact revenge on his defeat in the race 12 months earlier. Of importance to Shaw was the way Rocket Man settled when Dr Lemon led him in the early stages of the race. “I said to Barend if the circumstances permit to try and tuck in behind Dr Lemon early in the race and then let him open up once into the straight,” said Shaw. “It was important to try and get him to settle. He did it b...

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