Brad Parnham’s Bid For Family Honours

31
Oct

Jockey Brad Parnham is optimistic he can continue his family’s strong association in the Group 3 Prince Of Wales Stakes (1000m) at Ascot on Saturday.

Parnham rides Battle Hero in the $150,000 event and hopes he can join his trainer-father Neville and jockey-brother Chris on the races honour roll.

Neville Parnham enjoyed success with Secret Remedy, a gelding who secured victory in 2000 and backed it up as a four-year-old a year later.

Chris Parnham also posted successive wins after he partnered Dan Morton’s dashing mare Dainty Tess in 2017 and again last year.

Battle Hero, one of two runners in the Prince Of Wales Stakes for trainer Chris Gangemi, looked sharp when winning a 1000m trial.

The veteran eight-year-old is back on home soil after an autumn campaign in Melbourne, his signature performance a second in the Listed Ranvet Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley last March.

Battle Hero, who has two wins and three placings in seven first-up attempts, is one of 10 acceptors for the Prince Of Wales Stakes.

The Stratum gelding has drawn barrier eight.

“I was pretty happy with Battle Hero’s trial the other day,” Parnham told Tabradio.

“He is definitely going really well.”

Parnham can etch his family’s name for the first time in the Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) when aboard Battle Hero’s stable mate Samizdat.

He replaces regular jockey Jarrod Noske who can’t make Samizdat’s allocated 54kg.

Samizdat underlined his promise with a brilliant victory in the Magic Millions 3YO Trophy (1200m) at Pinjarra in February.

He is looking for his first win this campaign after a sixth in the Birthday Stakes (1200m) and a slashing fifth in the Northerly Stakes (1400m) last-start.

The Not A Single Doubt gelding got a long way back from a wide draw, but was doing his best work late and ran through the line strongly.

“I managed to work Samizdat yesterday (Tuesday) in a gallop, so I was able to get a good feel for him,” Parnham said.

“His run last start was really good, he got too far back, but if we can position up a bit closer on him he should be in the finish.”

Samizdat will jump from the second widest gate in the field of eight runners.

Julio Santarelli
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