All in the family for Parnhams
WEST Australian trainer Neville Parnham and his jockey son Chris have combined to win the Listed All Victorian Sprint Series Final at Flemington with consistent gelding Malibu Style.
The seven-year-old has done the majority of his recent racing in Victoria and Neville Parnham was confident he was ready to fire in yesterday’s 1200m straight-track sprint after finishing second in his past two starts.
He didn’t disappoint either, sprinting to a half-length win over favourite Milwaukee.
Correct weight was delayed while stewards examined footage of the start and took evidence from the winning jockey and trainer because the horse had lunged forward and momentarily opened his barrier before the field was released.
It was established he gained no unfair advantage.
The gelding in fact was one of the slowest into stride.
“He has lunged forward and he’s actually hit the front of the gates that hard it’s actually pushed him back a bit,” Chris Parnham said.
“He’s usually the first one out but he was actually at a disadvantage hitting the gates as hard as he did.”
Malibu Style ($12) then settled just in behind the speed until the 400m mark before racing to lead with 200m to go.
He defeated Milwaukee ($3.60) by half a length with 1½ lengths to Holy Blade ($10) in third place.
Chris Parnham on Malibu Style