Top Jockey To Return Home


Perth riding ranks has been given a big boost with gun jockey Chris Parnham returning home to ride at the Ascot carnival.

Parnham has been based in Melbourne since May, but in a cut throat environment, he has struggled to gain regular opportunities.

Parnham’s trainer-father Neville said his son will fly back to take rides at Belmont’s Birthday Stakes meeting on Saturday.

“He is coming back to ride this Saturday, Neville Parnham told Tabradio.

“He is struggling for opportunities over there and it’s been a little quiet for him.

“This is the strongest part of the year when you get all the great jockey’s like Hugh Bowman and Kerrin McEvoy that are coming down from Sydney.

“It’s making it a little bit hard and he is thinking to see if he can shore up some rides for the Ascot carnival.

“He will go back to Melbourne on Monday to honour a commitment, but will then return and come back home.”

Parnham said his son’s stint in Melbourne took a hit after he received an untimely 20-meeting suspension for reckless riding at Flemington in May.

Parnham says it’s a good chance that Chris will remain in Perth for an extended period and has no urgency to return to Melbourne in the new year.

“I don’t think he will be rushing back,” Parnham said.

“I think perhaps he has got it out of his system now.

“He rode a winner yesterday (Monday) and been ticking over a few winners, but the suspension was costly to him.

“He just lost that rhythm and contacts that he had and wins were not as plentiful as when he first got there.

“Three weeks out and out of mind is pretty much how racing works, he just needed a few breaks to make it his way.

“I’m sure he will be getting plenty of opportunities back home in Perth over the Christmas carnival.”

Julio Santarelli.