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The fluorescent yellow colours of Darren Dance’s Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock were carried to victory at Geelong on Wednesday in the Listed Rosemont Stud Stakes by talented mare Rockolicious (5m Fastnet Rock x Rock Diva, by Woodman).

Previously trained by Chris Waller, Rockolicious joined the Darren Weir stable back in June and was posting her first win for her new trainer.

Not beaten far when finishing fifth in the Group II VRC Blazer Stakes at here previous start, Rockolicious surged home from back in the field to score a half length win in the 1200 metre sprint over another Fastnet Rock mare in Zara Bay (4m Fasnet Rock x Legally Bay, by Snippets).

A $360,000 Magic Millions purchase from the draft of Glastonbury Farm for Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock/ McKeever Bloodstock, Rockolicious has the overall record of five wins from 17 starts with prizemoney just shy of $250,000.

She was bred by Limerick Lane Thoroughbreds and is a sister-in-blood to Group II winner and sire Rothesay being one of five winners from royally bred producer Rock Diva.

A minor winner by Woodman, Rock Diva is a daughter of triple Group I winner Canny Lass and is a sibling to stakes-winners Causeway Lass and Astute Angel as well as Schiaparelli, the dam of Rothesay, who is also by Fastnet Rock.

This is the family of Golden Slipper winners Canny Lad and Sepoy as well as Group I winners Camarena, Camarilla and Guelph, so Rock Diva comes from one of the most desirable families in the studbook.

Rockolicious is the 101st stakes-winner for champion sire Fastnet Rock.