Trainer Neville Parnham says Rommel can overcame a wide draw and will be a major contender in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot on Saturday.
Rommel maximised a perfect draw in the WA Guineas (1600m) when he went forward and sat off a fast tempo before finishing strongly to defeat Disposition.
Rommel inflicted Disposition’s first loss and turned the tables after running second to the Reset gelding in the Fairetha Stakes (1400m).
Parnham believes Rommel and Disposition are quality three-year-olds who are more than capable of making the transition to weight-for-age.
Old Comrade (2000), Megatic (2007), Parnham’s Playing God (2010) and Ihtsahymn (2013) are the only three-year-olds to have won the Kingston Town Classic.
Rommel is an $11 chance with the TAB and Disposition $6.50. Sydney galloper Moriarty, who ran a slashing third in the Railway Stakes (1600m), is favourite at $4.
Rommel, a Commands colt, has eased from $7.50 after drawing the widest gate in the field of 16 for jockey, Steven Parnham.
“The barrier is a bit awkward but going up in distance it shouldn’t be a hard task to work forward and take up a position,” said Parnham.
“With the likelihood of Pheidon and Fuchsia Bandana holding their spots in a prominent position it might be achievable to get across.
“We will see how it unfolds and be adaptable but he has come back from the rear of the field previously.”
Parnham says Rommel, who has had six starts this preparation, will be at his best for his biggest assignment.
“He has done super since his Guineas win and I think it has brought him to his peak to be honest,” said Parnham.
“He is right at his top and it’s his best chance as a three-year-old to take advantage at weight-for-age level.
“He had a strong gallop on Tuesday and was the best worker out of stable maters Crown Layer and Bass Strait.
“He never came off the bridle and is in a good place at the moment. I’m looking forward to the race on Saturday.”
Rommel will attempt to join Playing God (2010), Megatic (2007), Old Nick (1998), Summer Beau (1996) and Importune (1984) as WA Guineas-Kingston Town Classic champions.
Parnham says he expects stable mate Bass Straight to run a nice race but believes the five-year-old might be tested at weight-for-age.
Bass Straight won the Peters’ Stakes and was sixth in the Railway Stakes when he closed strongly after getting held up in the straight.
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