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20/05/02 Rohatyn Out Guns Blur in The Jansz
0520rohatynfin.jpg (9566 bytes)Experienced Victorian trainer Robbie Laing has labelled his exciting youngster Rohatyn as "potentially one of the best three-year-olds in the country" after he held out the classy Blur in the $101,040 The Jansz at Morphettville this afternoon.

Rohatyn (3-32/10) sat in a handy position throughout the race and pounced on the lead at the top of the home straight and then showed plenty of heart to hold out the hot favourite Blur (8/10-Evens-8/10 fav) in the run to the line.

0520rlaing.jpg (10188 bytes)In winning The Jansz Laing also pocketed himself a $15,000 cash bonus as part of the SA TAB trainer's treasure map.

"The bonus actually took me by surprise," Laing said. "I had no idea."

The colt, a son of the Arc champion Carnegie, is a winner of two of his three starts and was probably caught on the wrong side of the Flemington straight when beaten in Melbourne last start.

"I think he (the horse) throught he had won last start when in fact the horse on the inside of the track had," Laing said.

Laing, who just over a week ago won the Group One SA Derby with Pantani, said he had been pleasantly surprised at the youngster performing so well at a young age.

0520Rohatynscale.jpg (17280 bytes)"He's definitely exceeded my expectations this preparation," Laing said. "I've always thought he was going to be a Derby three-year-old."

Connections are set to earmark a feature program next month which is set to take in many of Melbourne's feature events for three-year-olds.

"You'd think he would be suited in a race like the Caulfield Guineas in the spring carnival," Laing added.

"I think he's potentially going to be the best three-year-old of next season," Laing said. "I'm a bit worried about Half Hennessy though," he forecasted.

0520rohatynrug.jpg (10567 bytes)Rohatyn is a half brother to the 1988 Spring Champion Stakes winner Sakana, who's now a handy bread and butter sire in New South Wales. He was purchased by Laing at the New Zealand Yearling Sale series for NZ$48,000.

Third home in the race was the Robert Smerdon trained Troubled Man (8-9/1). That colt was four lengths behind the runner-up.

Undenied (6-10-8/1) was fourth for globetrotting jockey Steven King. Westace was the best of the locals in fifth place.

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