CONSECUTIVE ST LEGER’S FOR WATERHOUSE

ANZ Bloodstock News – 26th April 2014

Trainer Gai Waterhouse made it back-to-back VRC St Leger (Listed, 2800m) victories when Order Of The Sun (Encosta De Lago) led throughout for a dominant seven length victory at Flemington yesterday.

Waterhouse prepared Hippopus (High Chaparral) to win last year’s event and Order Of The Sun is now likely to tackle the South Australian Derby (Gr 1, 2500m) at Morphettville on 3 May.

“To be honest, I was surprised I was that far in front because he was just running so powerfully underneath me and I knew they’d be struggling to chase,” Order Of The Sun’s rider Chad Schofield said.

Waterhouse removed blinkers from Order Of The Sun for the St Leger but Schofield said he felt that Order Of The Sun could improve if the trainer re-applied them in the South Australian Derby in Adelaide. “If they go back on in the Derby, there might be a few more lengths there,” Schofield said. “On the feel he gave me today, he’ll be very hard to beat. “A couple wanted to challenge me for the lead early but he’s a very tough stayer who is up and coming so I just let him bowl along in front where he was happy,” Schofield said. “He really travelled strongly and every time I asked to pick up he did and he gave me a bit more too.
“He was very strong to the line and pulling up he wouldn’t have blown a candle out.”

Order Of The Sun has struggled on rain-affected tracks in Sydney during the autumn and struck a good track at Flemington for his first stakes win in nine starts. Stepping up 800 metres after a last-start eighth to Gallatin (Street Cry) in the Tulloch Stakes (Gr 2, 2000m) at Rosehill on 5 April, Order Of The Sun ($4.40 second favourite) had no trouble with the extra distance of yesterday’s 2800 metre journey.

Melbourne stable foreman Roger Elliot said Waterhouse has always had a big opinion of the three-year-old son of Encosta de Lago. “It was a really good win,” Elliot said. “Gai thought taking the blinkers off would help and it’s proven a good move. “The way he’s going, he’s a very sensible horse that just seems to do everything right and I think he’ll improve from today’s win.”

Chad Schofield let the colt stride through to take the lead in the early stages and he then ran along at a comfortable pace before lifting the tempo from the 600 metres. Order Of The Sun then drew away from the 300 metre point, going on to score by seven lengths from the $3.10 favourite Honey Steel’s Gold (Keep The Faith) with Throw The King (Elvstroem) three lengths further back in third place. Time for the 2800 metre distance was a sound 2:57.82 (12.70 per 200m) with Order Of The Sun sprinting home his final 600 metres in a smart 35.63.

Owned by Sun Bloodstock, Order Of The Sun (3 c Encosta De Lago – Sequin by Lure), who has now raced nine times for four wins with prize money of $185,415, was purchased by P Lee for $420,000 at the 2012 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sales from the draft of Ron Gilbert’s Highgrove Stud, who bred him.
He is the seventh foal of Sequin (Lure), her fifth winner and her second stakes winner, the other being Get To Work (Snippets) winner of the Cinderella Stakes (Listed, 1000m).

Sequin is a daughter of the imported British-bred mare Subterfuge (Machiavellian), the dam of three stakes winners in the dual Group Two winner and five-time Group One placed Shania Dane (Danehill) as well as Scintillation (Danehill) and Risk Aversion (Encosta De Lago).

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