It’s been billed as a match race in two, but despite his optimism, jockey Steven Parnham is taking nothing for granted at Belmont.
Parnham rides Kay Cee in the Listed Raconteur Stakes (1400m) on Saturday in which she will clash with boom gelding Laverrod.
Parnham and Kay Cee reunite in an official capacity for the first time since last year’s Group 1 triumph in the Kingston Town Classic (1800m).
Looking to pick up where she left off last campaign, the daughter of Playing God won two trials in readiness for her return in the Raconteur Stakes
Laverrod, touted as a future Group 1 champion by owner Wally Daly, has won three races and placed second twice in a body of work since March.
The Sean and Jake Casey-trained son of Toronado holds $2 favouritism, firming from his opening price of $2.15. Kay Cee plays second fiddle at $2.90.
Confident Kay Cee can run up to expectations, Parnham says he has healthy respect for Laverrod.
“Laverrod is a very good horse and he’s shown that this preparation with big weights,” Parnham told Tabradio.
“He has done nothing wrong and you can’t knock his form.
“I’m not going out there thinking that we are too good for him.
“You have to respect his ability and he is going to be a good test, especially at 1400m.
“But she (Kay Cee) is a high class filly and showed what she can do last summer.
“She’s got the runs on the board, but I still have to get the job done.
“It’s going to be a good clash, hopefully she is up to it.”
Kay Cee will come into barrier five with the scratching of Marocchino. In a race devoid of speed Laverrod can find the front from barrier three.
Parnham is banking on Kay Cee to unleash a superior sprint from behind the field.
“I don’t know how the race will unfold,” Parnham said.
“I could end up on his back or a pair further back.
“I will probably ride my horse how she wants to be ridden to suit her.
“I know she can really accelerate off a good sectional.
“Hopefully she can finish off like we know she can.”