Former Mornington Peninsula breeders Mark and Cassie Stanaway received a surprise on the weekend when Rock’n’Gold, a horse they bred seven years ago, was victorious in the Listed Kensington Stakes at Flemington.

The Stanaways, who are no longer in the breeding industry, were thrilled with the win up the Flemington straight..

The Ellerton-Zahra trained galloper was the outsider in an experienced field, but took the win and advanced his record to 7 wins and 17 minor placings from 40 starts, for earnings of $404,900.

Rock’n’Gold first went through the Oaklands Junction at the 2012 Inglis Premier Yearling sale where he made just $12,000. He was then on-sold for $55,000 at the NZB Ready 2 Run Sale,

A half-brother to Listed stakes-winner Antidotes, he is the eighth foal and fourth winner out of the winning Geiger Counter mare Goldberg, a daughter of the Group 1 VRC Oaks heroine Tay Eclipse.

Goldberg is a half-sister to the dam of Group 3 winner and VRC Oaks runner-up Dane Beltar (Danewin), the dam of triple Group 1 winner Fawkner and Group 2 Adelaide Cup winner Tanby.

“Goldberg was just a fabulous broodmare, and we bought her for a song. I think we only paid about $15,000 for her,” Cassie Stanaway said.

“Unfortunately, we sent her to stallions for a couple of years that didn’t fire commercially, and we did our money, which was disappointing.

“It’s a hard game, and it can be a long time before you get the rewards like Rock’n’Gold produced on the weekend.

“All of Goldberg’s foals were great types, really fantastic; big and strong with beautiful feet. They all had good temperaments, and she was a great mum, she taught them right from wrong.”

No longer breeding, Cassie says her and Mark loved the industry, but admits it was hard work.

“It was good at the time, but it is a tough gig, as we were trying to juggle the breeding part-time. We had five mares, and found the stress and heartbreak with the foaling down, vetting and insurance too much. It was a massive emotional and financial investment.”

Goldberg was retired in 2015, with her final foal an unraced three-year-old colt called Mister Mogul (Written Tycoon) in the stable of Henry Dwyer.

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