Royal Order Storms Home
May 25, 2017
It was a barnstorming victory recorded by the lightly raced and promising Royal Order at Ballarat on Wednesday, the three-year-old impressing at just his second outing.
Sent out favourite having been an eye-catching second when racing greenly at his Pakenham debut 13 days previously, the son of Commands appreciated stepping up from 1400m to the mile.
Drifting back to the rear from an awkward gate, Royal Order found some trouble in running but really let down once being allowed to balance by Jake Bayliss in the run home.
Making up many lengths, swamping his rivals late, Royal Order won in the style of a horse with better things to come - and it is straight to town he heads!
"There are a couple of three-year-old 2000m races coming up at Flemington," Michael Kent said, adding that a spring break would follow with the following autumn a long term aim.
Kent had been confident leading into Ballarat, noting that "it looked a nice race for him on paper."
"He raced a bit greenly at Pakenham so I told Jake just to let him get back and loop around them."
"He got pushed wide at the 600m so it was a nice effort."
"He is a big horse with plenty of stamina," Kent continued, "and he is better ridden quietly."
Kent had been hopeful that Royal Order would measure up to such races as the VRC St Leger and the South Australian Derby but a case of tendonitis held the horse back a little and the timing was not quite right.
Describing Royal Order has a horse with "plenty of raw talent," Jake Bayliss said that he is looking forward to the future - "it will be exciting to see him in six or so months time when he actually puts it altogether."
"He is still doing a few things wrong, he wanted to run out a bit at the start and then duck in. But his last 100m was very impressive."
"When he first came to the stables he was a bit revvy and hot headed but he is now relaxing and saving his best for the last bit, he is now in a racing zone."
Raced by a big group led by his breeders Dr Nigel and Meredith Berry, Royal Order is a half-brother to his stakes placed stablemate Oncidium Ruler and the four times winner Za Za Zoom.
Their dam is the Zabeel mare Princess Regina who hails from a stout family whose most recent black type representative is the Tasmanian Oaks winner Parthesia.
Princess Regina was served last spring by Helmet having produced a colt by him in late August. She also has a yet to be named two-year-old filly by Hard Spun.