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James Tomkins: Crystal Palace defender says rise of his July Cup contender Rohaan is paying homage to Jamie Vardy | Racing Information

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James Tomkins has been on a fairy-tale trip since getting concerned as part-owner of July Cup contender Rohaan, whose journey by way of the ranks reminds the Crystal Palace defender of Jamie Vardy’s rise from non-league to Premier League champion.

Tomkins joined Rohaan’s possession group, run by Chris Kiely – son of Palace goalkeeping coach Dean Kiely – in April after watching the David Evans-trained gelding win impressively at Ascot.

That was the three-year-old’s fifth victory since December final 12 months, having improved from a score of 55 to 95.

Tomkins was then capable of share within the celebrations as Rohaan picked up the Group Two Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock earlier than a outstanding victory at Royal Ascot within the Wokingham Stakes final month.

“Jamie Vardy springs to thoughts, when he made it by way of the ranks,” Tomkins instructed Sky Sports activities Racing. “His development has been unbelievable.

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Jamie Vardy was enjoying non-league soccer aged 23 earlier than shifting up by way of the divisions

“The primary time I acquired concerned was after watching him run at Ascot [in April], with Ryan Moore on board. How he ran that day was unbelievable and actually took my eye.

“To see it go from that to profitable at Royal Ascot and being entered within the July Cup is a dream come true.

“I really like horse racing. The curiosity got here from once I was younger, my granddad used to take me to Newmarket fairly a bit, so I blame him!”

James Tomkins
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Tomkins acquired concerned as an proprietor of Rohaan after watching the horse win at Ascot in April

The previous England youth participant was unable to attend the Royal assembly as he was in Spain on an low season vacation, however nonetheless managed to benefit from the second.

“I might like to have gone and I remorse not being there however I celebrated rather a lot in Spain,” Tomkins stated. “It was an excellent day, although I wasn’t there.”

Tomkins admits there will probably be nerves as he watches Rohaan go for Group One glory on Saturday at Newmarket, however connections couldn’t be happier with their horse.

Rohaan beats Dragon Symbol in the Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock
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Rohaan beats Dragon Image within the Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock

“It is a robust race, there’s a number of good horses in that race,” Tomkins stated. “We’re going there with an opportunity and that is a dream come true in itself.

“I am simply actually excited in regards to the race. Something can occur and I feel a bit extra rain would assist us however we’re moving into there very optimistic. He is on nice kind and looking out effectively in coaching so we could not ask anymore of him.

“I do not suppose I am going to have time, with all of the nerves operating by way of me, to even take into consideration betting. Profitable the race is sufficient in itself.”



England's players celebrate reaching the final of Euro 2020 after beating Denmark 2-1 in Extra Time.








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Tomkins is hoping for a double celebration this weekend as he cheers on his horse Rohaan within the July Cup at Newmarket, adopted by England within the Euro 2020 ultimate

Tomkins, who performed for England from U16 by way of to U21 degree, is hoping for a double celebration this weekend as he cheers on Gareth Southgate’s staff in Sunday’s Euro 2020 ultimate.

“It is so thrilling to have our staff within the Euro ultimate,” Tomkins stated. “We have to be going into the sport as favourites due to the way in which we have been enjoying, controlling and seeing out video games.

“All of the gamers in coaching at Palace imagine that England are going to win it on Sunday.

“That will probably be some weekend if Rohaan can win the July Cup on Saturday and England win the ultimate on Sunday!”



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