The Perplexing Tale of David Evans and Rohaan’s Royal Ascot Chances
David Evans, the trainer of crack sprinter Rohaan, is hoping for better luck at this year’s Royal Ascot after a perplexing start to their season. Despite winning the Wokingham at last year’s meeting and returning in October to take the Group Three Bengough Stakes, Rohaan had a disappointing return this term when finishing eighth out of nine in a Listed race at Salisbury. Evans insists that he has put that performance behind him and is looking ahead to the six-furlong Group One contest on June 24th – The Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes. However, he remains wary after experiencing some discontinuity during Saturday’s Epsom Dash where four stalls opened marginally later than others affecting several well-backed horses including his own Lihou who finished last in the five-furlong contest. The stewards admitted that four stalls had opened fractionally slower than others but decided not to take any further action as they believed it did not materially impact those runners. This decision left Evans feeling frustrated with what he regarded as “a farce” saying “something should be done.” He added “unless a third of the field were affected, you can’t void the race.” Despite these concerns about racing continuity, Evans remains confident about Rohaan’s chances at Royal Ascot if everything goes smoothly saying: “He loves the track…he’ll definitely go there and he goes there with every chance – hopefully – as long as the stalls open!” Rohaan will need all his capacity to continue competing successfully at top level events after only being beaten by one length in Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville. Although initially disappointed by his horse’s lacklustre showing earlier this season, Evans feels that everything is now back on track for another successful outing at Royal Ascot. With this perplexing tale of ups and downs, the only certainty is that Rohaan’s chances at Royal Ascot will be closely watched by fans and pundits alike.