After winning the Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) on Saturday, three-year-old colt Rommel could be travelling east during the 2015 autumn racing carnival.
Rommel delivered an upset victory over previously unbeaten Disposition in the $400,000 WA Guineas, beating the William Pike-trained favourite by half a length.
Rommel’s trainer Neville Parnham is now contemplating a trip to Melbourne early next year to contest some of the leading autumn races. The trainer is no stranger to taking Perth-based horses to the eastern states after winning the WA Guineas with Playing God in 2010, who then travelled to Melbourne where the colt finished third in both the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) and Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m).
While Parnham has revealed Rommel is not in the same class as Playing God when he made the trip to Melbourne, he won’t necessarily have to be to succeed in this year’s carnival.
With the 2015 Australian Guineas and Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) due to run on the same day, many of the competitive horses will be split between the Melbourne and Sydney autumn racing carnival events. Because of this, the trainer is confident either Rommel or Disposition can measure up against their east coast rivals.
“I think they’d be competitive in a race like the Australian Guineas,” Parnham said on Racing Retro.
“That’s a good level for them over the 1600.
“Next year the Randwick Guineas is run on the same day and one of them is probably going to be weakened off a faction I’d say, but in saying that there is a top group of three-year-olds on the east coast.
“I took Playing God over there and he ran third, and probably an unlucky third, behind Shamrocker that year and then he came out and ran third in the Australian Cup.
“This horse probably hasn’t quite shown his brilliance, but he’s still a work in progress.”
The $500,000 Australian Guineas will run at Flemington on March 7 with the $600,000 Randwick Guineas running on the same day at Randwick.
After winning the 2014 WA Guineas, Parnham revealed the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) Saturday week is on the cards for Rommel.
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