The James Cummings trained Roheryn returned to his best form to score a narrow win in the Group 3 $160,000 Mostyn Copper Show County Quality (1200m) at Randwick today.
Jockey Jason Collett had to rev Roheryn up at the top of the straight after the gelding hit a flat spot coming to the home turn, but once he hit top gear he was always going to be in the finish.
“He’s a bit of an underrated. He was in a good race today. He had to make a big leap and he did that. It was a good win and I think we can be pretty impressed with the horse. We have to be proud of his effort,” Cummings said
“In races they talk about flat spots. Roheryn hit the flat spot of all flat spots today. Jason knew the horse. He has a bit of a connection with him but if you get him limbered up and into the race he would make an impact and once he gets going, he gets through his gears.”
“He has a beautiful liquid action. Was great to see him eat up the ground. He was probably lucky to hold onto the race. Probabeel really stormed home but he was deserving of a good race. He had a bit of a boom since he debuted.”
“Having thought about trying to make more a miler out of him, than a sprinter/miler, I think we have unlocked the key to him and it’s proving to be very beneficial.”
Roheryn ($4.40) surged to the front at the 100m and was then able to hold out the fast finishing Probabeel ($18) who made up many lengths over the concluding stages after settling near the tail of the field.
Special Reward ($4.40) held on for third after racing on the pace while the disappointment of the race was the $3.10 favourite Funstar who was always well back and struggled to finish sixth.
Cummings made it back to wins in the Show County Quality after collecting the prize last year with Deprive.