WA Breeders Celebrate Coast to Coast Derby Wins
Breednet - Media Release - Sunday, 15 April 2012

West Australian breeders had reason to celebrate after producing Derby winners on both sides of the country on Saturday in Ethiopia (AJC Australian Derby) and Rohan (WATC Wast Australian Derby), both of them sired by Victoria Derby winners.

The Vaughn Sigley trained Blackfriars colt Rohan proved the dominant force in the Group Two $400,000 WATC Derby (2400m), his fourth victory from 10 starts.

After finishing third two weeks ago in the Listed Melvista Stakes (2200m) following his win in the Listed J C Roberts Quality (1800m), Rohan (pictured courtesy www.perthracing.com,au) was one of the favourites to emulate his previous racing pattern of sitting near the back of the field to storm home down the Ascot straight which is exactly what he did again today.

Rohan (3c Blackfriars - Voltage Pak by Carry A Smile) won his maiden at Bunbury on New Year's Day prior to a slashing fourth behind Night War, Flag Officer and Bliss Street in the Magic Millions 3YO Trophy.

"We've never pressured him and he's done everything right", Sigley reportedly said in the lead-up to the Derby.

The long range plan aimed at the Derby for the colt capped off the biggest success for Sigley, rider Glenn Smith and his owners.

Rohan is raced by Glen Kettlewell, his wife Jan and Warren Allen and was a $61,000 buy from Durham Lodge at the 2010 Perth Magic Millions yearling sale. His older sister Wynyard Hall is the dam of this year's 2YO Perth Magic Millions and LR Gimcrack Stakes winner Darlington Abbey (Stratum), also bred by Durham Lodge.

Second dam Ever Ready (Consenting) was the champion filly of her generation in Perth winning the G2 WA Guineas in 1985 before travelling east to win the G2 Chirnside Stakes at Caulfield.

Keith Biggs bought Rohan's yearling brother for $120,000 at the Perth Magic Millions in February earlier in the year.

Blackfriars (Danehill) (pictured above) was a homebred Victoria Derby winner for Swettenham Stud's Robert and Adam Sangster and retains an unbeatable lead in the WA sires premiership.

Ethiopia Rewards WA Owner/Breeder in ATC Derby

Ethiopia pounced on the leader to get up in the last stride to reward West Australian owner/breeder Trevor Delroy in the S1,500,000 Group I ATC Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick.

The victory was also more than sweet for Victorian trainer Pat Carey as the trainer/owner partnership had previously experienced their biggest race day achievement last year when Cedarburg won the Group 1 The BMW but sadly he dropped dead of a heart attack in August last year, just as he was coming into a tilt at the major Spring features.

Ethiopia and Cedarburg were both bred by Delroy at his Wyadup Valley Farm nursery in the West's famous Margaret River region and both are sons of former VRC Derby winner Helenus (pictured below) , while Delroy is the manager of the partnership that owns the stallion.

"Cedarberg ran in the AJC Derby and he got galloped on in the race and we thought we had a horse then," Carey said.

"There is a lot of comparisons between him and Cedarberg."

Ethiopia was having just his fourth race day start in the Derby and became the first horse to break his maiden in the ATC Australian Derby since Silver Shark achieved the feat in 1970.

Carey paid tribute to the patience of Delroy, who insisted on a gentle approach with the stayer.

Carey said the approach would continue into the gelding's four-year-old season with a warning that a start in the big spring cups is not a foregone conclusion.

"A lot of the planning goes to Trevor Delroy, who owns the horse, he's the one that wanted to hold him back and I support that strategy," Carey said.

"It's one (approach) that suits me down to the ground. We have been thinking about this for a fair while. He could be a bit special this horse. If you look at him, he is a lovely big scopey sort of horse.

"Hopefully you have got a career that goes beyond the spring and into the future and that's paramount for us.

"Spring is very tough on four-year-olds. We see an attrition rate every year of four-year-olds. We don't care how long we have got to wait. We will see what happens in the meantime." - Diane Stampalia, News from WA Breeders

Race 7 - David Jones Australian Derby
Group 1 - 2400m

Class: Open. Track: Good. Time: 2:28.74. Sectional Time: 0:36.01 at 600m.
Prizemoney: $1,500,000 - 1st: $900,000 2nd: $300,000 3rd: $150,000.
 1   Ethiopia T: P G Carey J: R Mc Leod
3g   Helenus x Shona (Spectrum (IRE) )
Not Offered
 2 0.2 Polish Knight (NZ) T: M, W and J Hawkes J: D Dunn
 3g   Encosta De Lago x Polish Princess (GB) (Polish Precedent (USA) )
Not Offered
 3 1.3 Laser Hawk T: Ms G Waterhouse J: N Rawiller
 3g   Artie Schiller (USA) x High Heels (Canny Lad )
Not Offered
 4 1.7 Strike The Stars (NZ) T: A J Cummings J: Craig Williams
3g   Savabeel x Ambitious (NZ) (Last Tycoon (IRE) )
 5 2.8 Rekindled Alliance T: Paul Messara J: C W Brown
3c   Redoute's Choice x Rekindled Affair (IRE) (Rainbow Quest (USA) )
 6 3.4 Silent Achiever (NZ) T: R A James J: J Bowman
3f   O'Reilly (NZ) x Winning Spree (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ) )
 7 4.1 Satirical Boy T: Ms G Waterhouse J: Tommy Berry
3g   Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) x Satirical (GB) (Rainbow Quest (USA) )
 8 4.2 On Every Level T: Scott Aspery J: J Ford
3g   Outback Prince x Suscito (Montjeu (IRE) )
 9 4.6 Sangster (NZ) T: T L Busuttin J: J A Cassidy
3g   Savabeel x Quinta Special (IRE) (Spectrum (IRE) )
 10 5.5 Hoylonny T: C J Waller J: M Rodd
3c   Lonhro x Roedean (Flying Spur )
 11 5.9 Darci Be Good (NZ) T: E B Murray J: L Nolen
3c   Darci Brahma (NZ) x You Can't Say That (Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) )
 12 7.7 Sabrage T: M D Moroney J: G Schofield
3c   Charge Forward x Galroof (NZ) (Maroof (USA) )

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