Rogerson said tomorrow’s barrier draw would be crucial to Dating’s chances.
”Every time she’s drawn a decent barrier, she’s either won or run second or third,” she said.
”She’s had a lot of bad luck at the barriers, drawing out so we’ve had to ride her quietly and then she’s flashed home. She’ll definitely be competitive if she can draw a decent barrier.”
Dating is one of three horses the Rogersons train for Waikato Stud along with promising Zabeel filly Toss Up and maiden O’Reilly filly Serenade.
”They’ve been good supporters of ours and it would be nice to win the big one for them on Saturday,” Rogerson said.
Waikato Stud also races Do Ra Mi, another of the 25 entries received yesterday for the Fiber Fresh New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes.
Among the other entries were Gr I Thorndon Mile winner Say No More, fellow high-class mares Postmans Daughter, Platinum Princess, Fazzle, Fleur De Lune, Floria, Lady Kipling, Villifye, Smoulder, Lady Chaparral, No Excuse Maggie and emerging star filly Xanadu.
The Rogersons’ other runner at Te Aroha is Endor, who contests the $40,000 Te Aroha Cup (2200m) as a possible precursor to the Gr III $70,000 Hawke’s Bay Cup (2200m) at Hastings on April 21 and the Gr III $70,000 Rotorua Cup (2200m) at May 12.