Sweet Treat Wins Listed Staphanos Classic
Media Release - Saturday October 19

In just his first full season of riding and with just one winner under his belt, 28-year-old apprentice Joshua Kam secured the biggest moment in his fledgling career when he guided $43 outsider Sweet Treat to victory in Saturday’s Listed Staphanos Classic (1950m) at Rotorua.

Sweet Treat - image Trish DunnellUnable to claim any of his four-kilogram allowance due to the conditions of the stakes race, Kam gained the ride on the Team Rogerson-trained mare after several other riders had turned down the mount.

Not that that bothered Kam as he produced a heady effort to guide the Ekraar six-year-old home with a rails-hugging ride, holding out a wall of horses headed by Opaki visitor Charlie Horse and the Stephen Marsh-trained Strolling Vagabond.

“It was a good win as she is a funny little girl,” Graeme Rogerson said.

“I was just talking to Jo Smithies (part-owner) and told her I offered the mount to about eight other jockeys and they all said they would get a better ride.

“She was carrying 53kgs and he (Kam) couldn’t claim but he did what I asked him and I think the little bit of wet ground helped her.

“She’s won a good handicap now so we’ll have a look and we might go to the New Zealand Cup (Gr.3, 3200m) next.”

Kam was having trouble keeping a broad smile of his face as he spoke about the victory on the track where he had scored his only other success when winning aboard Ottavio back in July.

“I’m lost for words,” he said.

“I have so many people to thank, the owners and Graeme and Debbie (Rogerson), for giving me the opportunity.

“I was real nervous before the race but I’m just stoked.

“She jumped out great and was travelling real good. I wanted to go out three-wide in the straight but there was an opening just off the rail, so I thought she was travelling good enough so we went up there and she got me home.”

Bred by the Smithies family under their Monovale Holdings Ltd. banner, they share in the ownership of Sweet Treat with long-time Rogerson staff member and stable supporter, Denise Howell.

A daughter of Royal Academy mare, Flinders, Sweet Treat is a younger half-sister to the stakes placed Ezra and from an extended family that includes a number of well performed European gallopers including her granddam Eternal Reve who won at Group Three level in Ireland. – NZ Racing Desk

Staphanos Classic LR 1950m
Arawa Park Track: Heavy(10) Time: 2:06.57
T: M Baker & A Forsman J: J K Riddell 60
7g Zabeel (NZ) x Lacada (AUS) (Giant's Causeway (USA))
Sweet Treat
T: Team Rogerson J: J Kam 53
6m Ekraar (USA) x Flinders (USA) (Royal Academy (USA))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $30,000
V:Monovale Farm
B: Rogerson Bloodstock
Charlie Horse
T: Ms S Dougan J: L T Hemi 54.5
6g Zacinto (GB) x Black Anna (NZ) (Centaine (AUS))
Strolling Vagabond
T: S B Marsh J: M T Coleman 53
7m Darci Brahma (NZ) x Bella Rosalia (GB) (Singspiel (IRE))
T: C J Wood J: D J Danis 56
8g Tavistock (NZ) x Za Tiara (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
Cossack Warrior
T: Ms C Cameron J: D A Mansour 54
5g Shamoline Warrior (AUS) x Rush'n Red (NZ) (Soviet Star (USA))
My Gift
T: J K Mason J: S M Mc Kay 55
7g Notnowcato (GB) x Red Blossom (GB) (Green Desert (USA))
T: L O'Sullivan & A Scott J: S C Spratt 53
7g Zed (NZ) x Sanstar (NZ) (San Luis (AUS))
Verry Flash
T: N P Bishara J: R L Smyth 54.5
5g Zed (NZ) x Opulence (NZ) (Danroad (AUS))
Lady Shabeel
T: I B Kennedy J: A C Goindasamy 53
6m Howbaddouwantit (USA) x No Tolerance (NZ) (Savabeel (AUS))
T: C M Chipperfield J: R J Myers 53
5g Darci Brahma (NZ) x Obsession (NZ) (Bachelor Duke (USA))
Tipperary Mary
T: J V Wallace J: L H Satherley 53
6m Darci Brahma (NZ) x Slievenamon Marie (AUS) (King Of Kings (IRE))
Deluxe Edition
T: I L George J: R E Scott 53
8g Tavistock (NZ) x Arlanda (NZ) (Straight Strike (USA))