Rogan Josh

Rogan Josh


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.

Rogan Josh at Living Legends

Rogan Josh at Living Legends



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


Career Record

Rogan Josh winning the Melbourne Cup 1999

Rogan Josh winning the Melbourne Cup 1999

Prize Money: $2,683,692
Starts: 38       Wins: 13       2nds: 6       3rds: 1

Major Wins:

  • Melbourne Cup (1999)
  • WFA McKinnon Stakes (1999)
  • Herbert Power Stakes (1999)
  • Bunbury Cup (1998)
  • Pinjarra Cup (1998)


Date Venue Track Distance Race
02/11/1999 FLEM Good 3200 MELB CUP
30/10/1999 FLEM Good 2000 MACKINNON
09/10/1999 CAUL Good 2400 PERRIER
19/03/1998 BUNB Fast 2200 BUNB CUP
04/03/1998 PINJ Fast 2200 PINJ CUP
24/01/1998 ASCT Fast 1400 4Y&UP-3MW
08/11/1997 ASCT Fast 1800 3Y&UP-3MW
25/10/1997 ASCT Fast 1800 3Y&UP-3MW
28/08/1997 NTHM Slow 1400 CL4
20/03/1997 BUNB Fast 1675 CL3
26/02/1997 BUNB Fast 1675 CL2
12/02/1997 BUNB Fast 1400 CL2
26/01/1997 BUNB Fast 1400 MDN-SW



Video: Rogan Josh — 1999 Melbourne Cup


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