Charging home to secure an impressive victory in the Group 3 R.J. Peters Stakes (1500m) last weekend, trainer Neville Parnham is confident classy runner Bass Strait is more than capable of success in Saturday’s featured Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) at Perth’s Ascot Racecourse.
Securing a credible race record of four wins and as many minor places from his 25 competitive starts so far, Bass Strait began his racing career under the guidance of trainer David Hayes in 2012 before transferring to the care of Parnham when purchased partway through his 2014 Spring Racing Carnival preparation.
Having quickly impressed over his two starts in Perth so-far, Parnham was thrilled with 17-year-old son Chris’ performance on Bass Strait for victory in the R.J. Peters Stakes, and is confident the pair are again more than capable of figuring at the highest level of Australian racing in the Railway Stakes.
“He’s only 17 years of age. He’s riding beyond his years,” Parnham said of son Chris.
“You couldn’t have got a better ride.
“The horse was in great condition (upon arriving in Perth) and I was always confident he’s improved significantly since his first run.
“He’ll be better suited at a mile and perhaps a bit further.”
Purchased by Parnham alongside previous trainer David Hayes’ former bloodstock manager Mark Pilkington, the Ascot-based trainer said he was thrilled to have added a horse of Bass Strait’s calibre to his ever-expanding team.
“I think there were some other people chasing the horse and he (Pilkington) ended up being at Lindsay Park one morning and he’d been chasing the horse for a while,” Parnham added.
“We had to bump up our price a little but we got the deal done.”
A standout performer over the 2013 Melbourne calendar, Bass Strait finished an impressive fifth in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) in autumn and returned in spring for first amongst classy competition in the TMB Printing Handicap (1700m) and second in the Group 3 David Jones Cup (2000m) most notably.
Steadily building to the task in Victoria this time in, the Holy Roman Emperor gelding ran seventh in the Wedrive Plate (1400m) first-up and sixth behind the likes of Brambles, Big Memory and Signoff in the Spring Is The Season Handicap (1700m) before a luckless run for ninth in the Caulfield RSL Welfare Plate (1700m).
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