10 June 2011 - In tragic news for owner and entrepreneur Garry Rogers, a short battle with colic has claimed the life of his star squaregaiter and this year's Bendigo Aldebaran Park Maori Mile winner Ronerail.
Brilliantly rejuvenated after his transfer to Peter Manning’s Great Western stables at the beginning of this year, the Group 1 winning 8YO was struck down on his way to the Ballarat races last month. Ronerail claimed 26 wins from 83 Australian starts and will be remembered as one of the most talented trotters of his generation. “It’s a real tragedy. Horses like him don’t come around every day and he was in career best form,” said Rogers. “The horse wasn’t feeling well and Peter (Manning, trainer) took him to the vet on the Sunday. Things just went downhill from there and he never recovered. “It’s not just what he did on the racetrack, he was just a great horse to have around. He was a bit nasty by nature but I just loved him and I’ll certainly miss the old bloke, that’s for sure.” Somewhat fittingly, Ronerail's last win was on the big stage at Tabcorp Park, Melton on Hunter Cup night earlier this year. The $3.20 favourite claimed the SKY Racing Trotters Handicap by 1.6m from Trottn On The Ritz on 5 February . His final run would be at Shepparton on 14 May where he ran a third placing in the Shepparton Trotters Cup. Ronerail was the second winner of the Group 3 Maori Mile at Bendigo's Lord's Raceway. He won the race in a record 1:56.6. Ironically the inaugural Maori Mile winner Acacia Ridge also died this year. In late February, he lost a battle with an infection and was humanely put down by his owners. - David Aldred with the files of HRV media.