Rogan Josh, a gelding who hails from Western Australia, went from obscurity to national prominence in the spring of 1999, culminating in a victory in Australia’s greatest race, the Melbourne Cup.
Rogan Josh was purchased for $13,000 by owner Wendy Green, after he didn’t reach his reserve price at the yearling sales. and began his racing career in Western Australia where he won 4 of his first 5 starts.
As a five year-old, and now trained by Colin Webster, Rogan Josh worked through his classes in Perth recording another four wins before heading to the 1998 Pinjarra Cup. Over 2200 metres Rogan Josh passed the post a nose in front to win the Listed Pinjarra Cup, and two weeks later recorded a neck win in the Group 3 Bunbury Cup.
After a narrow loss in the 1998 Perth Cup, Rogan Josh – owned by Wendy Green – was transferred to the Cups’ King, Bart Cummings, and set on the Cups’ trail. Cummings liked the fact that Rogan Josh was lightly raced even though he was now a seven-year-old.
Ridden by Chris Munce, Rogan Josh ran a bold 4th to Sky Heights in the Caulfield Cup, after a tough run in which he was at least 8 horses wide leaving the straight the first time before pushing up to the lead, which he surrendered only halfway down the straight.
Once Rogan Josh was assured of a start in the Melbourne Cup, Bart Cummings entered him to run in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes on Victoria Derby as his final lead-up race. John Marshall was chosen to ride him and Rogan Josh caused an upset with a strong victory.
Rogan Josh was then elevated to second favourite for the Melbourne Cup, and ridden by John Marshall, with 50 kg, proved too strong for Godolphin’s Central Park to give Bart an historic 11th Melbourne Cup victory.
Owner, Wendy Green, captured a “special spirit” of racing. After winning the Melbourne Cup, Wendy drove home to Darwin with the cup in the boot and showed it to all of her friends along the way.
Rogan Josh was then retired after breaking down during training in the Autumn of 2000.
Rogan Josh will always be remembered as a country galloper who took on the best weight-for-age and handicap horses in the eastern states and succeeded. Of his 38 career starts he had 19 starts at Group/Listed level for five wins, two 2nd’s and two 3rd’s.
Rogan Josh came to Living Legends in 2006.
Date of Birth: 30/09/1992 in Australia
Sex: Gelding Colour: Bay
Sire: Old Spice (AUS) Dam: Eastern Mystique (AUS)
Grand Sire: Hammed (NZ)
Owners: Mrs W L Green & Mr J P Miller
Colours: Turquoise, White Hoops
Prize Money: $2,683,692
Starts: 38 Wins: 13 2nds: 6 3rds: 1
- Melbourne Cup (1999)
- WFA McKinnon Stakes (1999)
- Herbert Power Stakes (1999)
- Bunbury Cup (1998)
- Pinjarra Cup (1998)
Video: Rogan Josh — 1999 Melbourne Cup