Neville Parnham is upbeat about the prospects of Cherabin who steps out for his maiden appearance in the Westspeed Plate (1000m) at Belmont.

Parnham’s confidence was given a timely boost after Cherabin, who confronts a field of ten rivals on debut, warmed up with a strong 1000m trial win.

The Husson Lightning gelding was momentarily held up in the straight but once jockey, Ryan Hill, found clear galloping he attacked the line strongly.

Parnham says Cherabin, who has drawn barrier six for Hill, is headed for a bright future and rates him as one of his better chances on Wednesday.

“He trialled well and after being held up for a run he presented and found the line pretty good,” said Parnham on TABradio.

“He is quite a nice horse actually who has more scope than 1000m and has switched on since the addition of blinkers.

“He is a good type of horse who has a little bit of speed and will camp not far off them before finishing off well.

“I don’t think he will have many runs this campaign but is pretty forward and will finish up being a nice horse.”

Parnham said Bass Strait’s winter campaign is on track after the five-year-olds comeback in the Group 3 Belmont Sprint (1400m) on Saturday.

The former Victorian ran 4th of 8 to Shining Knight but was desperately unlucky after failing to get a clear run in the home straight.

It was the first of a feature race treble for Bass Strait who will tackle the upcoming Group 3 Hyperion Stakes (1600m) and Group 3 Strickland Stakes (2000m).

The Holy Roman Emperor gelding set the benchmark last year when in his maiden Western Australian campaign he won the Group 3 Peters Stakes (1500m).

He also ran creditable sixths in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) and Kingston Town Classic (1800m) before a third to Elite Belle in the Group 2 Cox Stakes (2100m).

“I thought he was super and if he had come to the outside at the top of the straight he could have almost run them down,” said Parnham.

“He is a quality horse who I thought was a tad unlucky.”

Parnham says talented three-year-old Dancing Express is warming to her task and expects further improvement as she steps up over further ground.

The Oratorio filly, who was beaten a head by Delicacy in last November’s Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m), has had two runs this time in.

First up in a 1200m mid-week encounter she raced throughout before finishing fourth and just under a length from Good Morning.

On Saturday over the same course and distance she was pretty much the same throughout when fourth of seven to Flying Roar.

“The 1200m was probably too short and they were probably a little sharp,” said Parnham.

“Once I find a race over 1400m you will see the best from her.”

RWWA: Julio Santarelli