After not getting it all his way last start, Timeform's Gary Crispe sees Angel Of Rock bouncing back in a more suitable affair when contesting the Eck's Electric And Solar Ratings 68 Handicap at Stawell.
Following a string of solid efforts, Angel of Rock, a Darren Weir-trained gelding, couldn't go on with the job last start when eighth at Bendigo. He may have been caught on the worst part of the track on straightening during that outing as he struggled to quicken under a 60kg impost.
The Rock Of Gibraltar gelding today drops in weight and finds himself in a race where a number of the anticipated top contenders have been scratched.
What Angel Of Rock delivered last start was actually only four pounds below his prior two outings, each assessed at 75.
Fifth-up, the four-year-old should be after the 1600m on offer here, and the last time he raced over this distance produced one of his highest-rated efforts.
Those who finished ahead of him on that occasion (Rollerball, Heaven's Riches and Crystalised) have all gone on to bigger and better things, and Angel Of Rock should be continuing his way through the grades here.
His consistency is a very favourable characteristic in this affair. Whereas a number of key rivals can get near Angel Of Rock's top figures this campaign, they can't, however, on a consistent basis.
A prime example is Gold Bridian, which won at Donald last start.
Earlier this campaign, the Bill and Symon Wilde-trained mare put in some shockers, and while she rates as a main contender on best form, can only be taken on trust.
Oratorium could be ready to improve third-up, and would have to after posting a 68 at Echuca when a 4.5-length fourth.
Trabbiano drops back to country company after a midfield effort on resuming at Sandown over 1400m last start, however, may still need the run.
With an ideal barrier, expect Angel Of Rock to enjoy a cosy run in transit, perhaps midfield one off the fence and hit the front when it matters.
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