Derby Hopeful for Encosta

Promising colt Order of the Sun (3c Encosta de Lago x Sequin, by Lure) will be aimed towards the Group I ATC Australian Derby by champion trainer Gai Waterhouse after resuming for a powerful win over 1600 metres at Randwick on Saturday.

Order of the Sun led all the way for Tommy Berry and fought on doggedly to win by half a length prompting high praise from Waterhouse in comparing the colt to her former Victoria Derby winner Nothin’ Leica Dane.

“They both love a fight and that carries horses a long way,” Waterhouse said.

“You could see him around the corner being ridden, but he was in for the fight.”

The son of Encosta De Lago will progress through the three-year-old races towards the $2 million ATC Australian Derby at Randwick on April 12.

“He’ll be better when he gets over further but this was a lovely starting point for him,” she added.

A $420,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the Highgrove Stud draft, Order of the Sun runs for Sun Bloodstock and has won three of five starts earning nearly $90,000 in prizemoney.

A three-quarter brother-in-blood to stakes-winner Risk Aversion, Order of the Sun is a half-brother to stakes-winner Get to Work and is one of five winners from Sequin, a three-quarter sister to HK Group I winner Scintillation and multiple Group II winner Shania Dane.

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