Ascot double for Pearces and Oakland

Pearce Racing and prominent breeders Oakland Park combined for a winning double at Ascot on Saturday when Blue Rocket and Lord Vampi each scored impressive wins in their respective races.

Debutant Blue Rocket, a Blue Point two-year-old, made a promising start to her career when leading from barrier to box en route to a stylish victory in the National Pump and Energy Plate (1000m).

Starting at $6.50 with Natasha Faithfull aboard, the filly put the writing on the wall with a recent trial win at Lark Hill and never looked in danger at her first race assignment when giving a nice kick on straightening and pulling away to defeat This’ll Show Ya ($3.90) by just under two lengths.

Race-favourite Siren Assault ($2.35) finished a further three-quarter length away in third place.

Blue Rocket picked up $63,840 in stake earnings and Westspeed bonuses for her first-up win and looks like a contender for the autumn two-year-old feature races.

The final race of the day saw Lord Vampi ($2.70), also bred and part-owned by Oakland Park, justify the hype on him when stepping to Saturday grade and taking out the Black Diamond Drilling Services Australia Handicap (1400m) second-up from a spell.

The Playing God three-year-old settled leaders-back in running and was under pressure turning for home, however, he responded to rider Clint Johnston-Porter’s urgings on straightening and powered through the line to defeat Fluro Neuro ($7.50) by a long neck.

Lord Vampi is on a Group 2 WATC Derby path and has now had five career starts for two wins, two seconds and $128,210 in stake earnings and Westspeed Platinum bonuses.

CLICK HERE to watch the replay of Blue Rocket’s Ascot win.

CLICK HERE to watch the replay of Lord Vampi’s Ascot win.