Makybe Diva’s mate Glen Boss has come and gone.
The champion jockey was on a mission to win two races last Saturday and while he won two he achieved victory in only one of the major plums.
Boss was in WA to win the Oaks and the Ausdrill- Karrakatta Plate, in successive races, on Victorian trainer John Sadler’s pair of raiders, Scarletini and Ms Funovits.
However, before either of those races he had scored on the Dan Morton trained maiden galloper, Gold Broker, in the Melvista Stakes (2200m).
This honest grinder will run the extra 200m of the WA Derby, on April 20, but whether he can cope with Moreish’s withering finish remains to be seen. Doubtful.
Morton would have liked to have the same hoop back for the Derby but the Boss man obviously doesn’t think enough of the galloper’s chances to return for the 2400m classic.
No wonder. Boss was left for dead on Scarletini (4th in the Oaks, and in that position for most of the race) when Troy Turner turned Moreish loose on the field and ran away with the fillies classic.
Sadler admitted to being ‘shell shocked’ at that result particularly as he rated his staying filly higher than sprinter, Ms Funovits.
But it was the sprinting filly that did the job for the stable, running down Camporella (third) in the home straight with Trichologist getting home to claim second, one and half lengths off the winner.
Ms Funovits has won both of her two races–her first win being at Flemington on January 12.
Sadler is going to spell both of his runners in WA before they return to Victoria.
Owner-breeder Greg Maclou and trainer Neville Parnham would have been licking their chops at Even Astar’s run on Saturday behind Red Hot Sax in the Myer Fashion Trophy (1200m).
Last on the turn, the ghostly grey mare rattled home to run third over the short journey which was not to her liking.
At her previous three runs, over 1400m, the mare had a scorecard that reads 3,2,1.
She started in the shorter race on Saturday because according to Maclou she needed to run a fortnight before the Matchmaker Stakes (1400m)-her mission.
Having been ridden at the back of the field now, rather than her previous pacemaker role, the Kendel Star mare has been rejuvenated.
What is endearing about Neville Parnham is his lack of pretence. The 13 times premiership trainer said the new riding tactics came about by accident, after the mare had slipped at the barrier and was at the rear early before finishing a good third to Ron’s Gem on March 2.
Ridden the same way on March 16 she was second to Young Lionel before winning a fortnight later, in a squeaker, over Ready On Time.
Her win on March 30, 2013, came after an absence of 882 days from the winners circle and by then her great juvenile form was a distant memory, being replaced with constant poor form.
To have turned Even Astar around must give Parnham immense satisfaction. Also the fact that he now has three sons in the saddle, Steven, Brad and Chris (an apprentice) is another reason for satisfaction, particularly as all are firing well.
The two senior Parnham riders are currently fourth and 10th on the WA Metropolitan Jockeys Premiership list, respectively.