Parnham On Fire At Ascot

21
Jan

Jockey Brad Parnham continued his hot form when he rode a treble, stealing the honours at a low key Ascot meeting yesterday.

Parnham, fresh from a double on Wednesday, booted home Driftwood Girl, Wrinkly and Eleven Seconds.

It was Parnham’s 21st city winner of the season and consolidates second position on the jockey’s premiership behind William Pike.

Parnham said an overseas stint two years ago had inspired his career-best form in the saddle.

“It’s a great feeling when you are riding winners and you never get sick of it that’s for sure,” Parnham said.

“Riding in Singapore against some of the best riders in the world did a lot for my riding.

“It also helped me out mentally and I feel like I am riding better.

“This has been my best season to date and I’m pretty proud of myself.”

Parnham kicked of his stellar day aboard Driftwood Girl and predicts a bright future for the two-year-old, a stylish winner of the Get The Tabtouch Plate (1000m).

“She was very green in the straight and it was a great win,” Parnham said.

“For her to win the way she did was very impressive.

“I think there is a lot of upside to the horse.”

Parnham can thank his trainer-father for contributing to the second leg of his treble when top weight Wrinkly scored a gritty win in the Lavazza Handicap (1500m).

Neville Parnham had entered Wrinkly for a 1600m race at Ascot on Wednesday, but opted to scratch the Saxon gelding after he drew wide.

Under hard riding from Brad Parnham, Wrinkly grabbed the lead from General Husson with 200m to the post and held out Veuve De Vega by ¾ of a length. Front-runner General Husson hung on for third.

“Tough effort and I thought with the 60kg he was entitled to fade, but he hit the line very strong,” Parnham said.

Parnham continued a difficult day for punters when he partnered Eleven Seconds to an upset victory in the penultimate race of the day.
Starting one of the outsiders at $36.40, Parnham dashed Eleven Seconds to the front and he was never headed, defeating favourite Gatting by three lengths.

“I thought if he could be in a forward position he would be in with a chance,” Parnham said.
Julio Santarelli