No Kingston Town For Rommel

23
Nov

Rommel is almost certain to miss the Group 1 $1 million Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot on December 5.

Time has been the enemy for trainer Neville Parnham who is considering taking the son of Commands to the eastern states.

Rommel is on the comeback from a tendon injury that has kept him on the sidelines since his win in the Group 3 Zeditave Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield in February.

Parnham took Rommel to Melbourne after he ended the winning streak of Disposition in last season’s Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m).

Rommel marked his long-awaited return when ninth to Buffering in Saturday’s Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot.

Parnham said the four-year-old had pulled up well from his first-up hit out, but admitted his preparation has been rushed.

“He was full of himself yesterday (Sunday) morning,” said Parnham on TABradio.

“There really is not much else for him to go.

“I’ve been thinking about taking him to Queensland on January 9.

“There is a Magic Millions 1400 metre open class race that is worth $1 million.

“He is qualified for the race and that is a thought in our mind.

“He most likely will be heading to Melbourne after that.

“He will have a couple of runs there and hopefully he can get through it.

“It’s a shame I didn’t have more time to get him ready for the Railway.

“We had to look after the leg first and it’s good to get him through the run sound.

“But he is not ready to step up to the 1800m of the Kingston Town.”

Rommel, who is closing in on half a million dollars in stake earnings, was a $140,000 graduate from the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling sale.

RWWA: Julio Santarelli