Roy Rogers hopes to fly the Albany flag proudly and despite outsider status he hasn’t given up on causing an upset in Saturday’s Sky Racing TV Provincial Championship Series Final (1400m) at Belmont.

Rogers will be represented by former Queensland and New South Wales gelding Sacred Oath and Rocapozzene, the former coming into the event in excellent form.

Scared Oath posted a win for David Vandyke on the Gold Coast and Mitchell Beer in Albury before finding his mark for Rogers with consecutive wins at Albany.

The lightly raced five-year-old still shows signs of race immaturity but hinted at his talent and stamped himself as one to watch with strong closing finishes.

Sacred Oath gets his first look at Belmont racing on Saturday and Rogers believes the Sacred Falls gelding is capable of stepping up to the mark.

“I like the way he’s been going about his races and how easily he has been winning,” Rogers said to the Races WA.

“I even think once he races against a bit better opposition and stronger quality you might see a different horse again.

“I’ve won this race three times, but on paper I’m going into it with a lot more confidence than ever before.

“I don’t want to give him too many raps just yet, but I think this horse is a bit better than average.

“I think he’s over the odds.”

Sacred Oath, a $10,000 pick-up for Rogers is currently priced an $18 chance with Tabtouch.

Kalgoorlie gallopers Abloh $3.90 and Californication $4.40 lead the market.

Rogers believes Sacred Oath’s warm up trial at Albany may have spurned punters.

He baulked when jumping, settled last before finishing second and 10 lengths adrift of stable mate Gift Of The Heart.

Rogers says Sacred Oath’s 1000m heat is better than what it looked and there were underlying reasons why he was a mile back.

“At Ipswich early in his career he got knocked over by a grey horse and crashed through the running rail,” Rogers said.

“In the trial when Gift Of The Heart, who’s a grey horse, jumped outside him, he baulked and over reacted.

“That’s why he’s at those odds because the trial didn’t look impressive, but was better than what it looked.

“He was making up ground over the 1000m and Cable Boy, who ran fourth, is no slouch and we went past him.”

Sacred Oath carries 54.5kg for Lucy Fiore and jumps from barrier three.

“I think there will be genuine speed in the race,” Rogers said.

“Lucy said he was all legs and couldn’t wait for him to go up against better horses.”

Rocapozzene, with 54kg, has drawn barrier 19 for Beaux Banovic-Edwards and is the rank outsider at $61.

Rogers hopes he can tuck away the Sky Racing TV Provincial Championship Series Final before setting up base in Broome for the season.

Rogers will have a team of 20 horses including eight representatives for Saturday’s opening meeting.

Rogers said he was looking forward to returning to Broome after an absence of nearly 20 years.

Julio Santarelli