The prayers of the Rogerson family were answered in full when Comeback took out the opening event at today’s Trentham meeting.
The four-year-old gelding is prepared by Team Rogerson at Hamilton and the win was tinged with sadness following the death of Graeme Rogerson’s mother Alice last Monday.
The 93-year-old’s funeral was held in Hamilton on Friday and she was a great follower of the Rogerson stable runners.
Graeme Rogerson’s grand-daughter Bailey Rogerson was in charge of the team at Trentham today and commented before the running of the Rating 82 Thee Auld Floozie Premier (1400m) that her Great-Nan never liked running second so she hoped Comeback would do her proud and win.
Comeback was backing up after winning a Rating 72 event over 1200m on the same track the previous Saturday and was sent out a warm favourite today. Apprentice jockey Shiarna Johnson had the four-year-old Makfi gelding disputing the pace from the outset and he kicked on strongly in the straight to win by 1-3/4 lengths.
Comeback, who is owned by New Zealand Thoroughbred Holdings Limited, has now recorded five wins from only 19 starts but is rated a day-by-day proposition according to Bailey Rogerson.
“He has got a few issues but he tries hard,” she said.
Stable apprentice Shiarna Johnson, 19, has been aboard Comeback in his last two victories and has now kicked home four wins in a brief career, following a double at Wairoa last month.