Parnham Lands Interstate Double


Neville Parnham celebrated an interstate double after Malibu Style and War Lord posted wins at Flemington and Belmont respectively on Saturday.

Malibu Style launched a top day for Parnham’s stable when ridden by his jockey-son, Chris, the Magnus gelding won the Grampians Region Handicap (1100m).

Then War Lord, brought to victory by jockey Pat Carbery, dashed home from sixth on the corner to score an upset win in the Listed Bolton Sprint (1200m).

War God edged past perennial placegetter Durendal, who looked a big chance to break his Perth drought after he made a run on the inside fence.

Rebel King was close up in third place.

Durendal, brave in defeat, has been placed on eleven occasions from 15 starts since transferring from Sydney last year.

Profit Street got too far back out of his ground and on a day, that didn’t suit the back markers, raced flat to finish sixth.

War God, who started at $18, has now won eight races and been placed ninth with prizemoney of $323,650 from his 42 starts.

Neville Parnham, who won his third Bolton Sprint and second in partnership with Carbery, said War God’s win was a pleasant bonus.

“I wasn’t expecting him to win, but I knew he would run well,” Parnham said.

“We freshened him right up from his last run which was over 1600m, it was a little bit far for him.

“Aided by a good gate and Paddy (Carbery) rode him terrific.

“Pat was an apprentice to me and it was good to get a win together again.

“The horse has been going really good.”

Earlier Grant and Alana Williams secured their first Listed Belmont Guineas (1600m) when State Prosecutor came with a strong finishing burst from near last.

Jockey William Pike brought him to the outside and he ran over the top of Roganella and Necklet, who were involved in a bumping duel in the straight.

Owner-breeder Bob Peters said Pike, who won his third Belmont Guineas, could have found the key to the More Than Ready gelding.

“Maybe he goes better being left alone and being able to do his own thing,” Peters said.

“Today (Saturday) he had a free rolling run and that just might have been the difference.

“He is a big strong horse and will be a very nice horse hopefully next season.

Julio Santarelli