Oakland Park-based Rogano is making waves with 3 winners from just 6 starters in his first-crop.
The Redoute’s Choice stallion opened up when front-running filly Ellens Choice landed a gamble at Ascot and he backed it up with Sandalwood (Pinjarra) and Hit Tune (Belmont) last week.
Hit Tune is a homebred for Oakland Park owner Neville Duncan and trainer Fred Kersley was impressed with the way he went about winning the TABTouch Plate (1000m) on Saturday. “He showed plenty of heart even though it took him a long time to reach the leader,” Kersley said. “He’s a strong-bodied horse and has ability and the right attitude.
“He will have another educational run before a spell. I don’t want him in work for too much longer or we won’t be back in time for the important three year-old races.”
Hit Tune is the third city winner for 2007 Gimcrack Stakes winner Jestatune (Rory’s Jester) following Molto Allegro (Fast ‘N’ Famous) & Jestajingle (Lonhro). Her Snitzel colt attracted a $200,000 bid from Ciaron Maher at the Melbourne Premier yearling sale in March.
Kersley was also taken with Sandalwood’s victory at Pinjarra last Thursday but did add a rider. “He came from last and had to lift. He got the job done although I don’t know whether it was a top-class field.”
Rogano is a full-brother to Not A Single Doubt and won his first two starts at Canterbury before a fading fifth in the Listed STC Darby Munro Stakes at Rosehill. Sidelined for 12 months, the Arrowfield homebred returned for a first-up victory at Hawkesbury in his final campaign in NSW.
Duncan made an offer which was accepted by Arrowfield. Chairman John Messara already had the bases covered believing Not A Single Doubt would energise the Redoute’s Choice sireline in the Hunter Valley.
He’s responded with this season’s Group 1 winners Good Project (Railway Stakes), Extreme Choice (Blue Diamond) & Single Gaze (Vinery Stud Stakes).
Not A Single Doubt has sired more winners (116) and wins (182) than another sire in Australia this season. And his progeny earnings ($9.79 million) is second only to Street Cry ($11.66 million).
That’s allowed Arrowfield to bump the asking price for his services from $13,750 to $71,500 in the space of four years. Rogano stood alongside Viscount and newcomer Sessions at Oakland Park for a $6,600 (inc gst) fee last year.