ENJOYING his best season in the sulky, Ken Rogers reached another personal milestone at Globe Derby yesterday.
Riding the crest of a wave, the star South Australian reinsman registered his maiden century when he scored with Ocean Nymph.
Second across the finish – beaten a half-neck – after leading, Ocean Nymph was promoted to first on protest.
“I’m rapt to reach my first century, although that’s not how I would like to get there,” Rogers said. “To get the win on protest is not ideal.
“That said, the rules are there for a reason, and although the other horse lost the win, Ocean Nymph’s owners gained what was considered a fair result instead.
“Getting a 100 wins in South Australia is something I’ve wanted to do since I started driving.”
Sitting on top of the state’s driving premiership, Rogers has enjoyed several highs this term, including his first “bag of five” wins at a meeting on July 13.
In doing so Rogers became the 14th driver to register a quintet in South Australia.
The great Kevin Brook was the first to partner five winners at a meeting when he stole the show in Port Pirie on January 16, 1958.
Last May Rogers also captured a well-overdue Southern Cross Final when he combined with the Emma Stewart-trained Ona Highway Tohell.
Before the Group Two success Rogers had finished second in “some ridiculous amount” of Southern Cross Finals.
“I reckon I have run about 16 seconds….some ridiculous amount,” Rogers said. “To finally get a Southern Cross win was definitely a highlight of my career.
“To get a bag of five last week was pretty special too.”
Last April Rogers also enjoyed a rare personal achievement by driving the first and last winners on the card.
Those victories were end pegs of a quartet for the afternoon.
“It was the first time I had managed to bookend a meeting, which is something I had wanted to do,” Rogers said.
“I couldn’t be doing this without the support of so many trainers and owners, so a huge thanks goes out to them.”