Charging home to secure an exceptional race win in the Group 3 R.J. Peters Stakes (1500m) at Ascot last weekend, trainer Neville Parnham is confident his son, jockey Chris Parnham will be the difference in success aboard Bass Strait in Saturday’s featured Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m).
Securing four wins and a further four minor places from his 25 competitive appearances on course so far, Bass Strait began his racing career under the guidance of leading trainer David Hayes before transferring to the care of Parnham in August.
Understandably thrilled with both Bass Straight and Chris’s performance for victory in the R.J. Peters Stakes, Parnham told the West Australian he is confident of a successful performance in the 2014 Railway Stakes.
“I thought Chris’ ride won the race,” Parnham said.
“While every other jockey was worried about where Miss Rose De Lago was, Chris seized the opportunity and went forward.
“He was able to slot in front of Respondent and got the one-one trail and they fought the finish out.
“It was difficult to make up ground on the day, but he put his horse into a winning position.
“The Cleaner will go hard and fast and there are a few others who will come across. He is a nice, clean-winded horse and he didn’t have a big blow last Saturday.”
A relatively consistent performer for Hayes over autumn this year, Bass Strait ran fourth in the Group 3 Carlyon Cup (1600m) first-up and third in the Listed Golden Mile (1600m) most notably over five starts.
Running seventh amongst classy competition in the Wedrive Plate Open (1400m) first-up this time, the Holy Roman Emperor gelding placed sixth behind the likes of Brambles, Big Memory and Signoff in the Spring Is The Season Handicap (1700m) on September 13th, but was unable to make much of an impact when ninth in a minor over 1700m on September 28th; a race which also figured as his final appearance under Hayes and co-trainer Tom Dabernig.
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