One for one for Oakland Park Stud’s Rogano with the dominant win of Ellens Choice at Ascot yesterday comfortably holding at bay the promising last start winner Wrinkly.
Ellens Choice is out of the Trade Fair mare Caldo, a two-time provincial winner, and is the first of Rogano’s progeny to hit the race track. Trained by David Harrison she was presented in a 400 metre trial at Lark Hill late January which she won. Her first start at Bunbury 10 days prior to yesterday’s win saw her race greenly and come from second last on the turn to run third beaten 1.25 lengths running the fastest last 600 metres. Harrison told Perth Racing ” she is tough filly, I have nominated her for the Karrakatta as I think a bit of her”.
Despite starting from the outside barrier yesterday, Ellens Choice had the speed to cross the field, a trait that her sire had on the race track. Group 1 winning trainer Paul Messara, who trained Rogano says “the fastest horse I’ve trained, just pure raw speed.”
Rogano is the full brother to champion stallion Not A Single Doubt who is in stellar form this season – he currently leads the Australian General Sires List with 102 winners and picked up this third Group 1 winner yesterday with Extreme Choice taking out $1.5 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes.
Interesting to note Rogano had another trial winner at Lark Hill on Monday. Pick Up Line, trained by young trainer Neville Parker won his 400 metre trial by 3 lengths. Pick Up Line is a half – brother to multiple city winner Bombora and Pushin’ Shapes.