Blackfriars colt Rohan is the new favourite for the WATC Derby on April 14 after his last-to-first victory in the Listed J C Roberts Quality (1800m) at Ascot on Saturday.
The Vaughn Sigley trained stayer heads the Derby market at $5 ahead of Flag Officer , Rock Band and King Saul at $7.
Rohan (3c Blackfriars – Voltage Pak by Carry A Smile) won his maiden at Bunbury on New Year’s Day prior to a slashing fourth behind Night War, Flag Officer and Bliss Street in the Magic Millions 3YO Trophy.
Following a mystery failure in the LR Challenge Stakes, he bounced back to form with a restricted win at Ascot in the lead-up to the Roberts Quality. “We’ve had the Derby in mind since Day 1,” Sigley said. “He’s still learning and is going to be a better four year-old but you only get one crack at the Derby.
“We’ve never pressured him and he’s done everything right. He ran down Flag Officer on Saturday even though the track was favouring front-runners.”
Rohan is raced by Glen Kettlewell and Warren Allen and was a $61,000 buy from Durham Lodge at the 2010 Perth Magic Millions. His older sister Wynyard Hall is the dam of last Saturday’s LR Gimcrack Stakes winner Darlington Abbey (Stratum).
Second dam Ever Ready (Consenting) was the champion filly of her generation in Perth winning the G2 WA Guineas in 1985 before travelling east to win the G2 Chirnside Stakes at Caulfield.
Keith Biggs bought Rohan’s yearling brother for $120,000 at the Perth Magic Millions last month.
Blackfriars (Danehill) was a homebred Victoria Derby winner for Swettenham Stud’s Robert and Adam Sangster. He stands for an $11,000 service fee at Durham Lodge.