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Rogilla with Darby Munro up.
Sire Roger de Busli (GB)
Dam Speargilla
Damsire Brakespear (GB)
Gender Gelding
Foaled 1927
Country Australia
Color Chestnut
Breeder Hunter White
Owner Henry White
Trainer Les Haigh (and lessee)[1]
Record 70: 26 (5 dead-heats), 12, 11
Earnings £22,674[1] $45,348[2]
Rogilla is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Speargilla by Roger de Busli (GB). He was born around 1927 in Australia, and was bred by Hunter White.
Major wins
Caulfield Cup (1932)
Sydney Cup (1933)
Cox Plate (1933)
Melbourne Stakes (1933)
C.B.Fisher Plate (1933
Randwick Plate (1933)
Chelmsford Stakes (1933 & 1934)
Spring Stakes (1933 & 1934)
Kings Cup (1934)
Rawson Stakes (1934)
Chipping Norton Stakes (1935)
Warwick Stakes (1935)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Rogilla, was a chestnut Australian Thoroughbred gelding, who was a versatile racehorse performing in Australia. Known as the Coalfields Champion in Newcastle, Rogilla raced during a vintage era of the Australian turf. He won in each of the six seasons that he raced as a three-year-old to a eight-year-old. Rogilla was an outstanding galloper in Sydney and Melbourne on wet or dry tracks recording 26 wins from 4½ furlongs to 2 miles with regular jockey Darby Munro winning 16 races.



He was by Roger de Busli (GB) and his dam Speargila was by Brakespear (GB). Roger de Busli (GB) won three races from 20 starts in England. He commenced stud duties in 1925, but sired only one other winner of a principal race in Oro.[2]

Rogilla's dam Speargila was a good racemare that won 13 races in Sydney, New South Wales, plus 10 other provincial and country races. Speargila was line-bred to Prince Charlie, as both Lochiel and Clan Stuart were sired by him.[1] She was the dam of six foals, which all raced and were winners. Rogilla was the 2nd foal.[2]

His breeder, Hunter White of Talbragar Station near Cassilis,[1] was a well known AJC committeeman 1927-1940 granted three consecutive leases to Rogilla's trainer.

Racing career

Rogilla began his racing career two months short of his fourth season. His racing colours were black, with red armbands and cap. Rogilla was lightly framed and 15.3 hands tall and despite various injuries and illnesses was best remembered for his tremendous courage against the best in the depression era. In 17 of the races he contested he won eight by a neck or less, lost four by a neck or less and figured in five dead heats for first. He always pulled hard in races, which cost him any chance in the three Melbourne Cups he contested.

His best season was at six years of age, when he won 11 from 17 starts and in 1934 he defeated the champion Peter Pan III in four successive meetings including the AJC Kings Cup.

Trainer Les Haigh was born in 1892 at Bega, New South Wales and a former jockey in the Muswellbrook area relocated his Newcastle stables to Sydney in 1934 and purchased leading Randwick trainer Frank Marsden's stables in Bowral Street Kensington directly opposite the now Tulloch Lodge.

Frank Marsden was mentor to the outstanding gallopers Furious 1921 VRC Derby and Richmond Main 1919 AJC & VRC Derby also Prince Viridis 1918 AJC & VRC St Leger, Cagou 1913 & 1917 AJC Metropolitan Handicap and the 1919 & 1922 AJC Sydney Cup winners Ian 'Or & Prince Charles.

Rogilla's record: 70 starts - 26 wins (inc. 5 dh), 12 seconds, 11 thirds, 21 unplaced


Pedigree of Rogilla (8) (Ch. g 1927)
Roger de Busli (GB)
Ch. 1920
Hurry On (2) Marcovil (12) Marco
Lady Villikins
Tout Suite Sainfoin
St Genevieve
St Amant (14) St. Frusquin
Lady Loverule
Gally Bawn Tracery
Speargilla (8)
b. 1917
Brakespear (GB) (9)
Spearmint Carbine (NZ)
Maid of the Mint
Guinea Hen Gallinule
Tartan (13) Lochiel
Georgie Clan Stuart (GB)
Butterfly (8)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Barrie, Douglas M., The Australian Bloodhorse, Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1956
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Pring, Peter; "Analysis of Champion Racehorses", The Thoroughbred Press, Sydney, 1977, ISBN 0-908133-00-6


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