Friday, 15 July 2011
Adam Duggan was spot on when he predicted Frozen Rope would develop in pretty good stayer after winning a Port Macquarie maiden over 1500m on June 6.
The Gosford trainer looked a pretty good judge himself when the King Of Prussia gelding won his next start by 8 lengths over 1600m at Wyong.
And Frozen Rope was unlucky not to win again when stepping up to 2100m at Gosford on June 24. “It was his third run in 18 days and I don’t normally butter them up that quickly,” Duggan said. “But he handled the workload and should have just about made it a hat-trick.”
Frozen Rope (3g King Of Prussia - Timor Flyer by Azzaam) started an odds-on favourite at Gosford but was given no peace in front. Com’ear took him on and then Daad's Overtime whipped around both of them at the half-mile.
“He baulked and lost ground when the other horse took off,” Duggan said. “He likes to have a look around – that’s why he wears blinkers and pacifiers.
The other two got away in the straight but Frozen Rope rallied and was only beaten by a long neck.
“I sent him to the paddock after Gosford to let some bruising in his back feet settle down,” Duggan revealed. “It’s nothing serious and he should be back in about five weeks.”
Frozen Rope was reared at Greta West Stud and Duggan trains him for Grant Binns and a group of golfing mates on the central coast.
Staying will be his forte which isn’t surprising. King Of Prussia gallopers have a winning range that stretches out to 2500m and Frozen Rope’s damsire Azzaam won a Sydney Cup.
“I don’t want to get too carried away,” Duggan explained. “But I reckon Frozen Rope will develop into a nice horse for the boys as a four year-old.”
Frozen Rope - promising stayer with jubilant connections at Wyong