After two unplaced runs this time in connections of the Neville Parnham-trained Rommel will bypass Saturday’s 2015 Kingston Town Classic in Perth in favour of a possible trip to Queensland for the Gold Coast’s Magic Millions Race Day in January.
A final field of 16 hopefuls was released for this year’s $1 million Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m), markets at Ladbrokes.com.au for the weight-for-age Ascot classic led by German raider Magic Artist.
Of the local WA-trained hopes the best fancied in the early Kingston Town Classic odds are the Grant Williams-trained stablemates Perfect Reflection and Delicacy.
Undefeated More Than Ready filly Perfect Reflection will have William Pike aboard this weekend as she shoots for her fourth win from as many starts, the gun three-year-old backing up from a Group 3 W.A. Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m) win at the track on November 14.
Al Maher four-year-old Delicacy, looking to become the first mare since St. Clemens Belle (1999) to win the Kingston Town Classic, will reunite with her Group 1 Schweppes Oaks – SA Derby winning jockey Peter Hall on Saturday.
Parnham’s four-year-old Commands stallion Rommel meanwhile sat at around $26 in the futures Kingston Town Classic betting markets before his non-acceptance.
Last Perth Summer Racing Carnival the then three-year-old won the Group 2 W.A. Guineas (1600m) defeating Disposition before his seventh to the Chris Waller-trained Moriarty in the 2014 Kingston Town.
He then raced again in mid-February for a third to Red Ora in Ascot’s Magic Millions Perth 3YO Guineas before travelling to Melbourne for his narrow win as a 9/1 shot at Caulfield in the Group 3 Zeditave Stakes (1200m) a fortnight later.
He didn’t race again until November 21 back home when three lengths away ninth behind 2013 winner Buffering who became a dual Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) champion.
Rommel’s most recent run was last Saturday in the Group 3 A.J. Scahill Stakes (1400m) where he could only manage to finish fourth to successful odds-on favourite Watermans Bay.
Originally nominated for another shot at the Kingston Town, he was absent from the final field on Monday with his owners at Ridgeport focusing on other targets.
Among those is a possible trip to the Gold Coast on January 9 to target the $1 million Magic Millions Cup (1400m).
As well as his third in Perth’s premier Magic Millions restricted race for three-year-olds earlier this year, Rommel also ran in the Magic Million 2YO Classic at home as a juvenile when runner-up to Cadenza at just his second career start.
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