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Considered one of the top chances in the 2013 Railway Stakes at the end of the month, Rohan will be ridden by jockey Glen Smith in their preparatory run this weekend.
Of the host of gallopers currently nominated for the $1 million Group 1 Carlton Draught Railway Stakes (1600m) on November 23 at Perth’s Ascot Racecourse, Vaughn Sigley’s Blackfriars gelding Rohan is one of the early fancies to win.
Pre-field Railway Stakes odds are led by Rob Heathcote’s Brisbane based mare Fire Up Fifi ($8) and fellow Queensland mare Longport ($9.50).
Occupying the third line of Railway Stakes betting at $10 is then Rohan who has had two runs this time in.
They will get the chance to shorten in those markets this weekend when they put their Railway Stakes claims on the line in the $125,000 Group 3 RJ Peters Stakes (1500m) with Smith in the saddle.
A star three-year-old back in April last year, Rohan won the Group 2 WATC Derby (2400m) proving their staying potential.
They also won the Listed Belmont Guineas (1600m) that June with Smith aboard.
Setbacks struck however after their Guineas success with Rohan spending over a year on the sidelines with a leg injury.
They returned at Ascot on October 19 and finished just a neck away second to multiple Group 1 champion Playing God in the Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1400m) when ridden by Colin Haddon.
Last start on November 2 was another brave run with Rohan crossing two lengths away third to Platinum Rocker and Vermeer in the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) with Jason Whiting aboard.
Connections now have their eyes set on the Railway Stakes for the now five-year-olds’ maiden Group 1 assignment, Smith called upon for the ride this weekend and possibly in the Railway as well.
Smith was back on track last weekend having spent three weeks out of action with a rib injury and is looking forward to reuniting with Rohan in the RJ Peters.
Rohan needs to perform in the RJ Peters to make the cut for the Railway as they currently sit 23rd on the order of entry needing the ballot exemption on offer to Saturday’s winner.
“We’re obviously forced to go to the Peters to get into the Railway, but that’s life,” Sigley told the West Australian this week.
“There will be a few ahead of us (on the order of entry) that won’t run but then whatever wins the Peters gets in.
“Basically we’re looking at being an emergency right now.
“It’s not the way we wanted to play it, but that doesn’t mean it won’t play out the way we want.
“He’s doing really well and we’re looking forward to it.”
They are likely to move up the Railway ballot even without a weekend win however with a few horses higher up the order of entry far from certain starters including the Anthony Cummings-trained Strike The Stars (=18th).
In the RJ Peters Stakes Rohan has drawn the inside alley, which may not suit, and will carry 54.5kg.
The Railway Stakes 2013 final field is due for release next week and will be published right here at Races.com.au.
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