All in the fam­ily for Parn­hams

Sunday Territorian - - HORSE RACING - MATHEW TOOGOOD

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

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