Capel trainer Neville Parker will be hoping to start and end his day on a high note at Bunbury tomorrow, with in-form stable runners Striking Star and Arlyah competing in the “book-end” races on the program.
The recent formlines read well for Striking Star, with the son of Blackfriars winning in style two back over 1600m – beating Tarquinn Shadow in the process who consequently went on to salute at Pinjarra on Monday.
That run was followed by a solid third over the mile in BM60+ company, beaten by the classy Smooth Flirt and Zuccheros – the latter going on to win at Ascot the other weekend.
“He’s a true stayer in the making” Parker commented, “he has really come into his own”.
Quizzed about tomorrow’s race Parker suggested “the toppie is in great form, but our boy should sit off the speed and have the last crack at them…the small field should suit”.
Ben Kennedy jumps back in the saddle and will commence from barrier four.
Parker’s other runner My Atacanta filly Arlyah impressed last start when breaking its maiden status by a length over the 1216m trip at Bunbury.
“Yep – she’s pulled up well from that run” said Parker, “we’re happy with the draw (barrier 9) and there should be plenty of speed in the race which will suit us well”
“All going well tomorrow, we’ll probably find a race for her at Belmont over the next few weeks” added Parker.
Parker returns to his home track tomorrow after venturing to Ascot over the weekend with Manhattan Cat who ran a sizzling fourth when up in class.
“Wrapped with his performance against a few sharp ones” said Parker, “fastest final sectional for the day – and he would have won any of the other 1200m races when looking at the times”.
With only ten in the stable (of which four are unraced), Parker has improved his winning strike rate rapidly with Manhattan Cat, Striking Star, Arlyah and Venetian Prince all succeeding under his tutorage.