Tom Rockliff owned mare to race at Eagle Farm Saturday

There are few things more turbulent than being a sportsperson whose life is being tossed around on a whim in the Covid-19 era.

One is being a sportsperson who is also a racehorse owner and has to deal with those wildly fluctuating fortunes as well.

Highs, lows, rescheduled plans, stinging disappointments and occasional exhilarating glories … and that’s just the horse.

Port Adelaide midfielder and former Brisbane Lions captain Tom Rockliff has experienced it all.

Rockliff is in the ownership of nine racehorses which includes three-time winner Power Boom, who he races with a group of current and former teammates including Sam Gray, Scott Lycett, Jack Watts and Steven Motlop as well as coach Ken Hinkley.

The mare, who races in the Port Adelaide colours, competes outside of Victoria for the first time on Saturday in a Class 3 Plate (1000m) at Eagle Farm where she is rated an $8 chance.

Power Boom is trained by Glenn Thornton, the father of jockeys Stephanie, Damien and Boris, who has relocated from Victoria to train on the Gold Coast.

Rockliff (right) and Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley are part-owners in Power Boom, which races at Eagle Farm on Saturday. Picture: Sarah ReedSource:News Corp Australia

If Power Boom can win on Saturday – hours before Port Adelaide tangle with St Kilda at Marvel Stadium – it will cap a typically topsy-turvy period of horse ownership for Rockliff.

“We had one having its first start at Pakenham last Saturday (Jucconi, trained by Tony and Calvin McEvoy) and we didn't expect it to win the way that it did, that was nice,” Rockliff said.

“But then we had a first starter with Tony Gollan (So You Knew) scratched at the barriers at Doomben on Wednesday, so that wasn’t ideal.

“Power Boom has moved up to Queensland because the Thorntons have relocated up there, this horse normally goes really well first-up so we think she is a hope and especially if she gets a dry track.

“Kenny (Hinkley) organised the ownership of Power Boom as he is related to the Thorntons down the line, he got a few of us Port Adelaide blokes who like racing involved and we have had some fun along the way.

“Because the Power boys have majority ownership, we got to pick the colours but for the horse’s first win they forgot the colours so it raced in club colours that day.

“For the next couple of wins the horse wore the Power colours so hopefully it can win again on Saturday and we can go on and win the premiership.

“Hopefully the horse wins Saturday and then we can have a good win against St Kilda that night.”

Tom Rockliff missed out on buying a share in top filly Isotope. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Rockliff is firm friends with Gollan but in hindsight wishes he had responded quicker when an email was sent out offering a share in the trainer’s galloper Isotope.

Isotope, who has gone on to be a three-time stakes winner, was an unknown youngster at the time and Rockliff now curses the fact he was too slow to respond.

“At the time I asked if there were any shares in anything available and I got an email back saying there was a small share left in Isotope,” Rockliff said.

“But by the time I had replied to the email, everyone had seen the horse’s trial and I missed the boat.

“I wish I did have a share in Isotope because I think she has got a big future.”

Originally published asHorse ownership is Booming for Port star

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