The closest thing to local racing royally in the modern era – The Parnham’s – made their presence felt at Belmont today, adding a training and riding double to the family mantel piece.
The winning father/son combination commenced in the Westspeed Nursery HCP 1400m, when star apprentice Chris Parnham piloted the Neville Parnham trained Vital Importance ($6.00) to a 1 ¼ victory from near last on the turn. Older brother Brad saddled up dad’s 3yo Snitzel gelding Dominating ($4.00) in the Byron Searle Birthday Sprint 1000m and didn’t let the family down, producing a devastating final assault to salute by 1 ½ lengths. Chris secured his own double in the penultimate Joe Stratton Life Begins @ 49 Sprint 1000m, getting the most out of the returning Shining Knight ($2.30) to run away with a gallant 1 ½ length victory.
In other races, Red Hot Sax ($2.10) led all the way in the tabtouch.mobi HCP 1400m to outlast the brave My Bonny Lad ($3.80) by a short neck. Royal Inferno ($7.00) set the track alight in the Crown Perth Sprint 1200m finding a narrow nose margin from the photo finish, while The Underworld ($7.00) came from last to bury rivals by 1 ¼ lengths in the LD Total HCP 1600m.
Jockey Jarrad Noske also emulated a riding double when successful aboard Daneclicked ($2.80 fav) in the Italian Day At Belmont Park Next Saturday HCP 2000m, and produced the “winning ride of the day” with mount Raising Dubai ($7.00) in the playeronline.com.au HCP 2200m when storming clear from second on the turn for a 4 ¼ length landslide.
The Hoops / Trainers
Appreciate hoop Chris Parnham and Jarrad Noske both returned riding doubles, while Neville Parnham did the best of the trainers with a double.
With Don and Dec both spelling, it was left to Blackie to hold the fort. Blackie found Daneclicked in the third and the trifecta in the second, but otherwise had a frustrating day with his fancied runners Alyssa and Bomber Bel unable to find a run in their respective races, and what the hell happened with Return To Rio and World Domination??? (I surrender…)
On the east coast, Shane was luckless on the Heavy 9 Eagle Farm track (he wasn’t alone), but did find Moriarty ($3.90 fav) at Rosehill, and Elite Elle ($2.80 fav) at Caulfield.
The Black Book
I tossed up between Alyssa and Bomber Bel for my best bet this week, and both were dead unlucky – unable to find clear passage in the straight. Both should win soon with the right run.