New Zealand Derby winner Rocket Spade has been crowned Ellerslie’s 2020/21 Horse of the Year.
Rocket Spade was purchased by team Wexford at the Inglis Sydney Easter Yearling Sale for A$425,000, for loyal owners Hermitage Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd.
This year, Rocket Spade scored impressive wins in the Group 2 Auckland Guineas and Avondale Guineas, with a placing against older horses in between races.
Sent out as the favourite in the New Zealand Derby, Rocket Spade produced a strong finish from last to edge out Milford and Frontman in a three-way battle to the line. Rocket Spade was ridden by Craig Grylls and was strapped by Pratap Singh.
Wexford thank Ellerslie for recognising our Rocket Spade as their Horse of the Year.