Roisel was by the imported English sire Blankney (Blankney II in Australia) out of Cooyeanna, an unraced mare bred at Belltrees stud in NSW. Blankney II, by Flying Fox, was a half-brother to the Thousand Guineas and English Derby winning filly, Tagalie, both being out of Tagale.
Complete Jumps Record
54 Starts - 10 Wins 9 Seconds 7 Thirds
WON 6/08/1921 Caulfield: Australian Hurdle-3 ½ miles less 2 yds
|Kilowat leads Roisel during the first round of the Australian Hurdle|
All the eleven final acceptors for the Australian Hurdle saw the post. Telecles was the early favorite, but he was replaced by King Neptune on the eve of the race. King Neptune opened on the course at 4's, and started at 3's. Gold Coin and Fiscom were next in request at 5's, but Telecles, early at 5's, eased to 8's. Roisel touched 10's, went to 14's, and started at 12's. Kilowat led for nearly a round. Fiscom, pulling hard, and Roisel were prominent in the second round. Roisel led over the concluding five furlongs, and ran home an easy winner by four lengths from Sandule, who was fourth at the half-mile. Front Rank, well up in the last mile, finished a good third. King Neptune, after being conspicuous early, was beaten six furlongs from home, and could finish only fourth. Telecles, though never really dangerous, saw the journey out, and was fifth. Fiscom was well beaten before the half mile. Roisel pulled up well. He ran the 3 ½ mile's less 92 yards in 6.43 ¾ which, considering the going, was satisfactory. Roisel is trained by S. P. Casey for Mr. Greg Wall, of Bacchus Marsh. He joined Casey's team on April 29, and previous to that the gelding had not seen a jump. Roisel was originally leased by his present owner, but he was presented to him last season by his breeder, Mr. Agar j Wynne. Roisel is by the Flying Fox horse, Blankney II, from Cooyeanna, by Ruenalf. In four starts over hurdles, Roisel has won three times in succession. (‘Cranbrook ‘The Referee 10/08/1921)
WON 17/06/1922 Caulfield: Toolambool Hurdle-2 miles 64yds
8th 8/07/1922 Flemington: Doutta Galla Hurdle-2 ¼ miles
Roisel is transferred to the Mordialloc stables of George Murrell, brother of his regular rider, Bill Murrell.
The retirement of Jackstaff at 1.21pm left only five runners to compete for the £2100 prize associated with the Australian Hurdle. Jackstaff suffered from shoulder soreness, and in view of his big weight and the condition of the horse, his owner did not regard the gelding as having any chance of success. Groganite was always, favorite. When the weights were announced, his quote was only 5 to 1, and in the week preceding the races, he was never better than 3 to 1. Groganite opened at 9 to 4 on the course, touched 6 to 4, and started at 2 to 1. Roisel firmed from 3 to 1 to 5 to 2. Mnemar saw 6 to 1, and started at 7 to 2. Backers of the favorite got a poor run for their money, as Groganite blundered at the first jump, and lost his rider at the second obstacle. Jaso led in the first round, but was jumping badly, and clouted very heavily at the hurdle opposite the stand. Later on Mnemar had charge, but he was running down his hurdles. Sir Blankney took the lead in the second round. Mnemar and Roisel were in front before the home turn, where Sir Blankney appeared to be heaten. Mnemar led into the straight, but took the last jump indifferently. Roisel slipped up on the rails, and leading inside the half distance, won easily from Mnemar, with Sir Blankney a moderate third, and Jaso a bad last. W. Murrell rode a nice race on Roisel, who also won the Australian Hurdle in 1921, and ran third a season later. Roisel is the second horse to win the race twice, as Uxbridge captured the long distance Hurdle in 1912, and again in 1915. W. Murrell, the rider of Roisel, stated that his mount hung out early, but came home strongly. C. Boyd stated that he had a hard ride on Mnemar, who ran down several jumps. Roisel is trained at Mordialloc by G. Murrell for Mr. R. T. Patterson. (‘Sedden’ The Referee 6/08/1924)
|William 'Bill' Murrell|
|Richard T. Paterson|
|Roisel clears the last jump in the Australian Hurdle|
|Clan Robert leads Roisel over the last in the Australian Steeplechase|