Prepared by champion trainer Gai Waterhouse, promising staying prospect Order of the Sun (3c Encosta de Lago x Sequin, by Lure) did not enjoy the wet tracks in Sydney at his recent runs, but returned to form to give Sun Bloodstock a sensational victory in the Listed VRC St Leger at Flemington on Friday.
Order of the Sun ran up to his true ability when leading throughout for Chad Schofield before careering away to win the 2800 metre staying test by a dominant seven lengths.
Order of The Sun may back-up next Saturday in the Group I $500,000 SAJC South Australia Derby at Morphettville according to stable representative Roger Elliott.
“He did that nicely and depending on how he comes out of it, Gai is considering the Derby next week.” Elliott said.
Winning rider Chad Schofield was also impressed as you would imagine.
“He bowled along and travelled strongly in my hands for me. He never dropped the bridle at any stage, he was tough and strong and fit and he ran his rivals into the ground,” Schofield said.
“I think he has enough brilliance to match it with the stronger three-year-olds. On the feel he gave me today he will be very hard to beat next week.”
A $420,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the Highgrove Stud draft, Order of the Sun runs for Sun Bloodstock and has won four of nine starts earning more than $185,000 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.
He is the 102nd stakes-winner for champion sire Encosta de Lago, whose fee has been set at $38,500 for 2014.