Queen Ready To Join Rogerson’s Group 1 Army

Graeme Rogerson likes nothing better than to pillage the riches of Australia’s main racing carnivals and after enjoying plenty of success in Brisbane his sights of turned to the Sydney and Melbourne spring.

He boasts a quality group of horses and bets of all they spread across a variety of demographics giving him good converge in plenty of races.

His star is likely to be four year old mare Scarlett Lady but he also has promising three year old filly Dowager Queen and as well as a four year old in the male ranks with Shootoff.

Two of them went all the way to Group 1 level in Brisbane while the third, Dowager Queen, showed she may be heading there as well in a matter of weeks.

She had her first up run for the prep last Saturday at Wanganui in New Zealand and after getting back very deep in the field she stormed home with a tremendous late burst of speed.

“She’s really strong and come back good…she wasn’t entitled to win from where she was but she got up and did,” Rogerson said.

” She hit the line good and she ran good sectionals..but she’s got to step up to the mark.”

The mark will be matching it with the best three year old fillies in Australia starting with the Tea Rose Stakes at Rosehill over 1500m on Saturday week.

After that it will be the Flight Stakes before heading south to Melbourne for the Group 1 Thousand Guineas.

Should she be successful there Rogerson may even persist with a Cox Plate start.

“I think once she gets past the mile she’ll be really good,” he said.

Another which is certainly impressive over the mile is Scarlett Lady and her campaign will continue all the way up to two miles in the 2011 Melbourne Cup.

She ran on strongly to finish seventh in a race that was too short for her in New Zealand, next stop will be Australian Group 1 level.

“She runs in the Underwood on the 17th and then she runs on the second of October (Turnbull Stakes),” he said.

“Then she goes to the Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Cup.”

Finally he has Shootoff, a horse that won the Queensland Derby but has been a bit slow off the mark in the new season.

Rogerson isn’t worried though and says it’s in the horses nature to take a while to wind up.

“Last time it took him three runs to see his best and we’ll be looking for the same this time,” he said.

“Two more runs and he should be hitting his peak and then we’ll see about what happens in Melbourne.”

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