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Royal Orchid’s half brother Prodigal Rocker goes for gold

June 3, 2011

Prodigal Rocker, a son of Stratum, will be one horse I’ll have a close eye on at Rosehill tomorrow.

He is a half brother to a filly I used to have a share in, Royal Orchid.

Affectionately known as Tess around the stables, she was trained by Marc Conners at Warwick Farm.

Unfortunately, leg injuries restricted her career to three starts before she was retired – she’s now up at a farm near Oberon with one of the other former owners, Amanda Hawke (@amandahugenkis on Twitter, there’s another one to follow!!!).

Both Prodigal Rocker and Royal Orchid are out of the Fusaichi Pegasus mare Enfield Waratah, who retired a maiden from five starts but had quite a bit of talent.

I remember one day at Newcastle where she flew home over 1400m after being six lengths behind the second last horse on the home turn.

She just missed.

At her final start, Enfield Waratah started a red hot favourite – $1.55 – in a 2100m Class 1 at Wyong.

However, she suffered an injury and was retired following the event.

It would prove to be a strong form race – the winner Allow, a mere three starts later, won the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m).

Enfield Waratah was herself well bred, being out of the Group 1 Coolmore Classic-winning mare Camino Rose.

Everything says that Prodigal Rocker will handle the wet track.

Here’s hoping he can get a win on the board at Rosehill tomorrow!

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