The durable Texas Rocks (6g Rock Of Gibraltar-Vestavia, by Alhaarth) saw off some high-class rivals to take the Listed Owenstown Stud Stakes at Naas on Sunday.
The son of Rock Of Gibraltar carried Joe Keeling’s silks to take the seven-furlong contest for breeder/trainer Michael Grassick under jockey Billy Lee.
"I'm delighted as I bred him and it means that bit more. We still have the mare at home,” said Grassick. “He's tough and was pricking his ears just doing enough in front.”
Lee added: "I thought he would run well. He's always keeping a little bit in reserve. I thought I had kicked enough to take anything that would be coming with a fast finish. He kept going well to the line.”