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Sears sets sights on another Weetwood

By Glenn Davis

Co-trainer Tony Sears is hopeful his decision to spell promising sprinter Rock Beat at the top of his game during the summer will be vindicated when the four-year-old launches his Weetwood Handicap campaign at Eagle Farm on Wednesday.

Sears - who trains in partnership with daughter Maddy - will saddle up Rock Beat and stablemate Privacy in the Benchmark 85 Handicap over 1000 metres.

Sears is a great believer in sending horses for a break after a win and that’s what he did with Rock Beat following the four-year-old’s last start win over 1000 metres at Eagle Farm on December 21.

Rock Beat has won six of his 12 starts and will be out to maintain his unblemished record of two wins from as a many starts at Eagle Farm.

The son of Easy Rocking is also unbeaten first-up with three wins.

Sears has given punters a strong pointer with a preference for Rock Beat but he won’t be surprised to see Privacy run a big race after engaging three kilo claiming apprentice Alex Patis.

Michael Cahill rode Privacy last start but has switched to the ride aboard Rock Beat.

Five-year-old Privacy is coming off a sixth to the Michael Costa-trained Phobetor over 1050 metres at Doomben last month.

“Piracy has been plagued by bad barriers but he’s finally drawn a good barrier and we’ve decided to claim on him,” Sears said.

“He’ll run well again but I favour Rock Beat as he’s unbeaten at Eagle Farm and is unbeaten first-up.

“He’s drawn wide but that won’t worry him as he gets back in his races.”

Sears plans to give Rock Beat another couple of runs before aiming for his second Listed Weetwood Handicap over the 1200-metre trip at Toowoomba.

“I spelled him after he won his last start with the idea of getting him ready for the Weetwood,” Sears said.

“Rock Beat was due to run at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday but I scratched him because of the wet track."

Sears is chasing his second Weetwood Handicap win after claiming the feature in 2016 with Choice Bro.

Rock Beat