Blackfriars breakthrough in WATC Derby

Rohan emerged as a cups horse of the future with a last-to-first victory in the G2 WATC Derby (2400m) at Ascot on Saturday.

Rohan (3c Blackfriars – Voltage Pak by Carry a Smile) gave trainer Vaughn Sigley and jockey Glenn Smith their biggest career wins in the $400,000 feature.  “I just love this horse.  What a high!” Sigley said.  “We had a clear run and it was a great ride by Glenn.”

Bred and sold by Durham Lodge for $61,000 at the 2010 Perth Magic Millions, Rohan is raced by Glen Kettlewell and Warren Allen.  His older sister Wynyard Hall is the dam of recent LR Gimcrack Stakes winner Darlington Abbey (Stratum).

Second dam Ever Ready (Consenting) was a G2 winner of the 1985 WA Guineas before travelling east to win the G2 Chirnside Stakes at Caulfield.

Rohan won the Listed J C Roberts Quality (1800m) at Ascot in March and was in commission at $5.50 in the classic.  He won by a length over Victorian visitor Flashy Fella (Thorn Park) who started a $4.60 favourite.

Blackfriars was a G1 winner of the 1999 Victoria Derby and has been represented by 21 stakes winners since retiring to Durham Lodge in 2001.  He is the defending champion sire in Western Australia and currently holds a substantial lead for another title in 2011-12.

Rohan is his first WATC Derby winner and it came just a fortnight after Pop Culture gave him a breakthrough victory in the G3 WATC Oaks.

Blackfriars (Danehill) stands for an $11,000 service fee at Durham Lodge.