Western Australia’s Rommel showed today he has the class to be the next star galloper to wave the flag for the State.
Hall of Fame trainer Neville Parnham has always believed in Rommel’s ability to match it with the best on the national stage.
The Group 1 Australian Guineas was pencilled in by Parnham after Rommel’s outstanding summer carnival, where he ran second to Disposition in the Listed Fairetha Stakes, then turned the tables on Disposition in the Group 2 WA Guineas winning comfortably. He then tackled the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic, running a very game seventh only beaten 2.75 lengths.
In preparation for his trip East, Parnham started him first up in the Perth Magic Millions 3YO Trophy where he finished third having no luck,copping interference at the 900 metre mark and then could not get a clear run in the straight.
The plan was to go straight into the Australian Guineas, but as it turns out, a fortuitous decision by Parnham, based on Rommel’s track work on Tuesday, led to him starting in today’s Group 3 Zeditave Stakes.
Parnham felt the horse would benefit by a hit out in today’s 1200 metre race to top him off for the Guineas. “This was a bit of an insurance run to ensure he was pretty solid for next week,” Parnham said.
Rommel was well ridden today by Parnham’s youngest son Chris, who is on loan to Mornington based trainer Wez Hunter. It was a big day for Chris, winning a Group 3 on his Father’s horse and then coming out later on in the day to run second in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes on the Hunter trained Smokin’s Joey.
Neville Parnham has confirmed Rommel’s regular rider, his eldest son, Stephen will take the ride in the Australian Guineas next Saturday.