By Peter Howard Courier Mail

Ron Gilbert hopes the bold prediction that Gai Waterhouse made in November about Order of the Sun being a Derby prospect will come to fruition.

Gilbert bred Order of the Sun at his Highgrove Stud near Toowoomba and sold him as a yearling for $420,000. Waterhouse told him when inspecting yearlings at Highgrove that she considered the colt a Derby contender in the autumn.

Order of the Sun had only won races at Kembla and Hawkesbury at the time but had been just behind the placegetters in the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes in the spring.

‘I hope Gai’s right,” Gilbert said. ‘She said Pierro would be her Golden Slipper prospect in October when he was a two-year-old, and she was proved a good judge then.” Waterhouse repeated her optimism about Order Of The Sun when he won over 1600m at Rosehill on Saturday at his first start back from a summer spell.

Gilbert bred Order of the Sun (by Encosta de Lago) from his former race mare Sequin (by Lure).  With three daughters of Sequin setting out on their breeding careers for Highgrove, Gilbert sold the mare two years ago.

Her daughters – Subsequent (by Encosta de Lago), Sponsored (by Redoute’s Choice) and Sequential (by Lion Hunter) – have foals by Sepoy, All American and Sebring and are in foal to Snitzel, Sebring and Street Cry.

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