Australian racing lost a weight-for-age warrior of the 1980s when the game Queenslander Vo Rogue passed away on Tuesday aged 28.

Vo Rogue captured the imagination of many a racegoer with his free-rolling front-running style, which yielded 26 wins from 83 starts, most of which were against the best company.

Vo Rogue outlived his battling trainer Vic Rail, who was a victim of Hendra virus in 1994.

The gelding's deeds shot Rail and regular rider Cyril Small to national prominence as an unfashionable trio that kept turning up to compete against the big names in racing.

The gelding was the only Stakes winner for his sire Ivor Prince. Vo Rogue's modest breeding only added to the story that made the horse more popular during his heyday.

Vo Rogue who won Group 1 races in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth was the star attraction at the 1988 Ascot summer carnival when he won the Kingston Town Classic before a capacity crowd.

The West Australian

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