Roganella underlined his credentials for the Listed Belmont Guineas (1600m) when he upset a strong field of three-year-olds in the Lavazza Plate (1400m) at Belmont yesterday.
Having his first start in 28 days, the Dan Morton-trained gelding, starting at $26.10, proved too powerful after he launched a strong finishing burst from near last position at the turn.
Under a patient ride from Jarrad Noske, who settled back from a wide draw, Roganella defeated Media Baron by a neck with State Prosecutor third.
Media Baron, first-up since the WA Derby (2400m) in April, grabbed the lead from Rockon Tommy near the 100m, but couldn’t withstand Roganella’s surge.
Favourite Necklet, who had an ideal run behind the leader, finished only fairly for fifth, beaten 2 ½ lengths.
Roganella has now won three races and been placed five times from 11 starts with prize money and bonus’ boosted to $ 258,550.
Foreman, Vince Collica, said despite Roganella being largely forgotten by punters, the stable was confident of a forward showing.
“His working during the week was sensational, but we weren’t sure with a tricky gate,” Collica said.
“We have never doubted the horse and always thought he was first class.
“The Guineas is his main aim and if we ride him quiet and patiently he has a great turn of foot.”
Noske, who picked up the mount from an injured Clint Johnston-Porter, said Roganella will be a major force in next Saturday week’s Belmont Guineas.
“He always travelled strongly throughout and I had a lap full of horse underneath me,” Noske said.
“He ran through the line and will be a nice horse stepping up to the mile.”