Bathurst Gold Bracelet: Michael Formosa looks for lead on Rocknroll Emma

Michael Formosa


Michael Formosa believes Rocknroll Emma is a genuine chance from gate two in the group 2 Bathurst Gold Bracelet (2260m) on Saturday night.

Rocknroll Emma was second, with a flat tyre, in heats on Monday for herEllalong trainer-driver.

“I think she’s agenuine chance, especially if she can find the front,” Formosa said. “She’s pretty hard to get around when she leads, so we’ll try to get it.”

Also Saturday,Newcastle has a 10-race meeting starting 6.27pm.

At Bathurst, Rocknroll Emma was a $6 chance and second-favourite forthe $52,000three-year-old fillies feature with TAB Fixed Odds. Jason Grimson’s Don’t Think Twice was the odds-on favourite from barrier six.

“There’s a few there that can come out so we’ll have to wind her up and get out as quick as we can,” said Formosa, who won the three-year-old male series at Bathurst with Ultimate Art in 2013.

Ultimate Art, which claimed the group 1 Bathurst Gold Crown for two-year-olds in 2012, was second in the Hondo Grattan Sprint at Bathurst last week to Medowie trainer Darren Reay’s Better Than Max.

They clash again in the Bathurst Mayors Cup on Saturday night in a class field featuring Amanda Turnbull’s Tact Tate, John McCarthy’s Cyclone Kate and Shane and Lauren Tritton’s Yayas Hot Spot.

Ultimate Art was joint second favourite from the second-line draw in 10.

Formosa hoped No.2 My Lucky Belle would push forward early and give him a chance to find a spot close to the pacesetters.

“These are the horses he’s got to race anyway, but he’s just working his way to peak fitness,” he said.

“He should go pretty good and improve off that again.”

Formosa will also driveSeismic for Forbes trainer Phil Thurston in the Gold Tiara consolation. Formosa steered her to fourth in the heats of the group 1 two-year-old fillies series but will have to overcome the extreme outside draw in eight on Saturday night.

“It went good but it’s probably going to struggle from the draw out there,” he said.

Menangle trainer Shane Tritton, who won seven straight Newcastle premierships, will shoot for the group 1, two-year-old double with My Sweetchilliphilly (Tiara) and Divine State (Crown).