The emerging Snitzel gelding Checkpoint signalled to the Perth racing fraternity that he will be a stakes winner of the future with a fighting win in the Westralian Diamond Drillers Handicap (1200 metres).
Brad Parnham was trapped three wide after a tardy beginning from barrier 9 and with Democratism and Travinator leading the race, Checkpoint could have been excused for putting the cue back in the rack.
However, Parnham pushed Checkpoint past Travinator and then set out after Democratism who fought hard to the line but was no match for Checkpoint.
Demimonde charged out of the pack to just miss second place and Jaja Saab finished on stoutly after covering the field wide on the track to finish fourth.
Black Uma finished on nicely from three back the fence to finish just in front of Travinator who found the going a lot tougher today.
Neville Parnham declared after the race that Checkpoint needed career saving surgery earlier in his career and that is why he has been so patient with the future Festival participant.
“Kim Rose did a great job on Checkpoint and he hasn’t had a lame day since the surgery. I believe he will be a future Festival horse later this year.” Parnham said.
Checkpoint has now started four times for two wins and two placings and stake money earnings of over $60,000.
Numbers: 6,3,7,9,2 Margins: 1 x Nose x ¼ Time: 1.11.26 (34.82)
Winners Breeding: Snitzel – Kelcheck (Keltrice)