Making turf history is nothing new for Graeme Rogerson. He remains the only New Zealand trainer to have won the Golden Slipper and Magic Millions 2YO Classic.
While operating out of stables at Randwick, Rogerson won the Slipper with Polar Success (2003) and the Magic Millions with Bradbury’s Luck (2005).
Rogerson closed the Sydney base last year to concentrate on his New Zealand stable but the 12-time domestic premiership winner has set his sights on a new goal of winning Australia’s two biggest juvenile races from his Hamilton training complex.
“Hopefully I can go back to Australia and win their two biggest two-year-old races from New Zealand,” Rogerson said. “We’ve won plenty of two-year-old races and plenty of Group 1 races in Australia but it would be special to win a Golden Slipper and a Magic Millions from New Zealand.”
Rogerson and his wife Debbie will prepare their biggest team of juveniles for years next season. They bought 42 yearlings between Karaka and the Magic Millions National Sale in addition to youngsters they have bred themselves and others they will train for breeders, most notably Gerry Harvey.
Among the Karaka buys are the Fastnet Rock – Katie Lee colt and the Zabeel – Ekstreme colt while a consignment of 10 yearlings from the National Sale on the Gold Coast have arrived in New Zealand.
Among the youngsters are fillies by Fastnet Rock, Encosta De Lago, Mossman, Starspangledbanner, All American and Domesday, while there are colts by Redoute’s Choice and I Am Invincible.
“I bought the Gold Coast yearlings especially to target the Magic Millions and the Golden Slipper,” Rogerson said. “They are absolute two-year-old types – I bought Polar Success from the same sale.”
Rogerson, who has also trained winners of the Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup, is keen to make history with the first New Zealand-trained Golden Slipper winner. “We’re getting behind New Zealand racing and Gerry Harvey has backed us, too. We have a great bunch of two-year-olds.”