Oakland Park homebred Roganella has issued a strong challenge to the Bob Peters bandwagon ahead of the G2 WA Guineas (1600m) on November 25.
Roganella looked a genuine candidate for the classic when he box-seated and then burst clear for a three-length victory in the Express Interior Design Hcp (1600m) on Saturday.
The son of Oakland Park sire Rogano (pictured) had been placed at all three starts since a winter spell before stepping up to a mile. “He’s still maturing and learning the craft,” trainer Dan Morton said.
“His owner Neville Duncan looked at the program a couple of months ago and identified this race instead of the Fairetha Stakes as the best lead-up to the WA Guineas.”
Duncan won the 2013 WA Guineas with Ihtsahymn.
Roganella has firmed into $9 for this year’s edition and jockey Chris Parnham admitted he felt like the winner a long way from home on Saturday.
“He’s got ability and the blinkers helped. He travelled strongly behind the leader and, when I pushed out, he powered through the line.”
His dam Zanella (Ihtiram) won a LR Jungle Dawn Classic for Harvey-based trainer Johnny McGuckin before going to stud. She is a half-sister to LR December Hcp winner Homesville Lass (Higginsville) and her latest foal is a yearling colt by Ouqba (GB).
Rogano (Redoute’s Choice) is a full-brother to Not A Single Doubt and won his first two starts at Canterbury. He was sidelined for 12 months before returning for a first-up victory at Hawkesbury in his second and final campaign for Arrowfield Stud.
Oakland Park stands Rogano for an $8,800 (inc gst) service fee.