WA Guineas winner Rommel will follow the same path as former stablemate Playing God to the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington in March.
The top colt, who beat Disposition in the WA Guineas at Ascot on Super Saturday, returned to Neville Parnham’s stable last week after a short break.
Rommel also proved his class when running second to Disposition in the Fairetha Stakes (1400m) and seventh, beaten 2¾ lengths, to Moriarty in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m).
Parnham said Rommel was likely to launch his campaign in the $100,000 Magic Millions Perth 3YO Trophy (1200m) at Ascot on February 14.
Playing God beat Luckygray in the same race before running third in the Australian Guineas and third in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) in 2011.
“He’ll probably run in the Magic Millions or go straight to Melbourne,” Parnham said.
“That’s the plan, as long as he comes up well enough. He’s back in work and he looks good.
“He probably wasn’t quite as mature as Playing God was. Playing God won the Kingston Town and I thought Rommel was pretty gallant in defeat in that race.
“They’re only three once. You’ve got to have a go.”
A win in the $500,000 Australian Guineas, run on March 7, would boost the well-bred three-year-old’s stud value significantly.
As a son of the late champion sire Commands, Rommel could also gain interest from interstate studs.
“The plan is to have about three runs, however there is the option of going up to 2000m if he was racing really well,” Parnham said. “He can always come back for lead-up races to the derby, but I’m not sure he’ll be suited over the distance of the derby.”
Bippo No Bungus will join Rommel for her second trip to Melbourne.
The consistent mare ran third in the Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy (1600m) at Flemington and second in the Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley last year.
“She’ll more than likely go for the same mares races as last year,” Parnham said.
“I might even take three over, but I haven’t worked that out yet.”
Parnham said Bass Strait (14th) and God Has Spoken (10th) pulled up well from the Perth Cup (2400m) last Thursday, won empahtically by Real Love.