WA Guineas winner Rommel is among the select group of gallopers to rate a mention in Fifty Shades of Hay: The Extraordinary World of Racehorse Names, my former Racing Post colleague David Ashforth’s brilliant book.
Rommel, which stands at Mogumber Stud after starring on the track for owner Santo Guagliardo, trainer Neville Parnham and two of the Parnham jockeys, Chris and Steven, features in the Power, Politics and Philosophy chapter of Fifty Shades of Hay: The Extraordinary World of Racehorse Names, which Racing Post Books published in 2018. I received the funniest of Ashforth’s many tomes as a Christmas present, and I had read it from cover to cover before Boxing Day.
By the way, David, Suzy [sic] O’Neill is a retired Australian swimming champion who won two Olympic Games gold medals in spite of her Madame Butterfly nickname.
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