COMEBACK’S TIMELY SUCCESS FOR ROGERSONS

COMEBACK’S TIMELY SUCCESS FOR ROGERSONS

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.

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