Parnham Looks To Continue Form At Belmont Mid-Week

19
May

Neville Parnham posted a Belmont double last Saturday and is in line to match or better that strike rate on Wednesday.

The inform trainer gives The Blue Nipper, Dancing Express, Theodora and Leicachino top chances in their respective races.

The Blue Nipper will tackle eight rivals including stable mate Victorious Lad in the Westspeed Plate (1200m).

The Alfred Nobel gelding steps out again after running second to Glitterbell when on debut at Ascot in April.

The margin was four lengths but The Blue Nipper was doing his best work late and attacked the line strongly.

“He found the line really well once he found a bit of daylight,” said Parnham on TABradio.

“I think he is a smart horse and there doesn’t seem to be a lot of exposed form.

“In my opinion he will be pretty hard to beat.

“Victorious Lad may not start and will be nominated for Saturday.”

Dancing Express has to lump 58kg on her return but she does appear to have the class edge in the Westspeed Handicap (1200m).

The Oratorio filly ran second in the Sires Produces Stakes (1400m) and was 1 ½ lengths sixth behind Hobart Jones in the Karrakatta Plate (1200m).

Her three-year-old campaign was highlighted by a narrow runner-up finish to glamour mare Delicacy in the WA Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m) in November.

Parnham said Dancing Express, who rounded out her comeback with a trial hit out over 1000m, was forward enough to run a race first up.

“She has quite a bit of ability and is probably heading towards the Belmont Guineas,” said Parnham.

“I just wanted to look at something softer for her first up.

“She is in with a bit of weight but I don’t think it will bother her too much.

“She had a soft trial and galloped really well on Saturday.

“Despite the weight she has good claims and is pretty ready first up.”

Theodora ran a shocker last month when she finished down the track behind Infathuated at Ascot, but Parnham says there were genuine reasons for her failure.

He cautions punters to dismiss the run and go on her previous start when she powered home from last to notch her first win for the stable.

The former Melbourne galloper, who has drawn barrier seven for apprentice, Lucy Warwick, can atone in the Ron Yuryevich Handicap (1700m).

“Ignore that last start as she pulled up with a virus,” said Parnham.

“She won easily the start before.

“She has been working very well and I’m expecting her to bounce back

“She will enjoy a bit of room at Belmont Park and can be in the finish.”

Parnham believes Leicachino has scope for further improvement after an encouraging return run at Northam when third to stable mate, Flying Fath.

The Al Maher mare produced withering burst from last but couldn’t bridge the gap on the winner, beaten a long-head in a frantic finish.

Parnham says with luck from the widest gate the four-year-old can figure prominently in the Bert Hammond Handicap (1300m).

“She has come forward quite considerably since the race,” said Parnham.

“If she gets the right run she will be hitting the line strongly.

“It looks a nice race for her and she can definitely be in the placings.”

RWWA: Julio Santarelli