CORUSCATION SHINES and MAGNIFISIO TOO
Coruscation is defined as a sudden or striking display of brilliance and the galloper by the same name displayed those traits in winning for the second time, from five starts,in the Westspeed Nursery Handicap (1200m) at Belmont yesterday.
A last start winner on June 29 Coruscation added more lustre to his name by finishing powerfully, after being on the rails in fifth position at the 600m, to win by two and half lengths from King Closet with Bravosi a neck away third.
Staples said this was a better win than his first. “I was worried about how he would act in the field, particularly after he was bumped early from barrier one. In his first campaign he had a tendency to charge, or fire up, when surrounded or challenged.”
Staples also said he was anxious at the top of the straight when Coruscation had to go between horses but the Oratorio two year old did it with ease.
Lima Syndicate chief and Perth Racing vice-chairman, Harvey Crossman, said Coruscation’s more settled approach to racing was the most pleasing aspect.
“He may start again next week depending on how he pulls up,” Crossman said, standing in for trainer Paul Jordan who is in the UK.
PARNHAM GETTING CLOSER
The metropolitan leading apprentice award continues to attract interest and Chris Parnham’s impressive win on Magnifisio in the Crown Perth Sprint (1000m) made it even more interesting.
Trainer Jim Taylor told Parnham he was happy for his filly to sit outside the jump-and- lead Grey Cheval and that is what the apprentice did, shaking the grey off in the straight. In an all Taylor finish the Sharon Taylor trained Cherie Amour finished well for second while Jim Taylor’s other runner, True Storm, also finished stoutly for third.
The win gave the three year old Magnus filly five wins from 10 starts with three places.
Her mother, Ifestio, was a Belmont Oaks winner, in 2004, and Taylor said Magnifisio could develop over more ground and that he expected her to go on and win listed races.
Parnham quickly followed that success with a narrow win on Dark Delight in the fifth race (1400m) over Mystic Dust and Sky Magic.
The win gave the Grant Williams trained four year a winning hat-trick and owner Bob Peters said she would probably go for a spell.
It got even better for Parnham as he made it a treble in the last race when Galoubay careered away, from Will To Win, to give former showjumping rider Shane Plumb, now a trainer, a deserved win.
Ironically the horse was ridden by Ben Paterson last start when it finished second.
The treble saw Parnham move to half a win behind Ben Paterson for season’s laurels, in the city and followed a magnificent Thursday at Northam which saw him boot five winners home.
Parnham has seven rides at Kalgoorlie today (Sunday) and has his eyes on being leading rider there.
Overall, with country and provincial meetings included, Parnham has a five and half win lead over Paterson in the apprentices race but it is the metropolitan contest that is attracting the main interest.
The season concludes at the end of July.