Trainer Neville Parnham produced a spectacular training achievement at Ascot on Wednesday and is poised to play another prominent role again this Saturday.
Fresh from training four winners, Parnham will have strong claims with Top Show and Dancing Express in the $100,000 Listed Burgess Queen Stakes.
Top Show will court plenty of admirers after an eye-catching fourth to Disposition in the Listed Belgravia Stakes (1200m) two weeks ago.
The daughter of Stratum made a stack of ground from the second half of the field and aside from Disposition it was the run of the race.
Top Show will start from barrier 15 in the Burgess Queen Stakes but her pattern of racing is to go back and is offset by a step-up to 1400m.
Parnham, who has won the Burgess Queen Stakes on two previous occasions, says Top Show continues to show improvement.
“Top Show was going to run last at the 200m but she motored and it was a really, really good run,” said Parnham.
“She has come out of it a better horse and despite her wide barrier she will be hitting the line pretty strongly.
“She is a quality horse who is going to be a good chance in this race and in the Champion Fillies (1600m) in a fortnight.”
Steven Parnham reclaims the Top Show mount from younger brother, Chris, who will control the fortunes of Dancing Express.
The teenager takes over from middle brother Brad who rode the Oratorio filly to a luckless fifth behind Cuanzo (1100m) last week.
“She was a bit unlucky and if she had stayed on the fence she may have won,” said Parnham.
“The 1100m was right out of her comfort zone and in my opinion she is not an 1100m horse.
“I can see there being speed in the race and it will be a truly run 1400m and not a sit and sprint.
“I expect both my horses to be hitting the line strongly.”
Parnham has a three-pronged attack in the Group 3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) with veteran God Has Spoken, consistent mare Bippo No Bungus and stable newcomer, Bass Straight.
Former Victorian gelding Bass Straight, a winner of three races and close to $200,000 in stake earnings, ran second in a 1000m trial hit out.
“I was taken by his trial and thought it was really good against a sprinter like Dueton,” said Parnham.
Vital Importance, in top form with two wins out of her past three over the mile, takes on a middle distance trip in the Hosemasters Trophy (2100m).
“It will be a test but her racing pattern suggests she is a good chance of getting it,” said Parnham.
“I always thought she would run a bit of ground.”
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