Jockey Chris Parnham will return to Melbourne later this month to ride talented sprinter I’ll Have A Bit in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield.
Parnham made a brief appearance in Melbourne earlier this week to ride the mare in an 800m trial at Cranbourne, where she finished second behind Group 2 winner Eduardo.
Parnham made the tough decision to ride I’ll Have A Bit over Dainty Tess in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot last December, where she finished fourth.
He also combined with the mare to win the Group 2 Euclase Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville last May, a fortnight prior to their third placing in the Group 1 Goodwood (1200m).
Parnham said he was looking forward to getting back to Melbourne to ride the four-year-old in the Oakleigh Plate.
“I was happy with her trial,” he told The Races WA.
“Eduardo, who won the trial, really ripped along in front and I was quite happy with how she quickened-up.
“She will run well in the Oakleigh Plate.”
Parnham will be looking to head to Melbourne in winning form when he rides the Frank Panagallo-trained Mia Dolce in the Magic Millions Two-Year-Old Classic (1200m) at Pinjarra on Saturday.
Mia Dolce broke through for a well-deserved win at Bunbury on January 28, having been placed at her first three career starts.
Parnham said he was excited at the filly’s prospects for Saturday’s $250,000 event.
“She couldn’t have been any more impressive in her win the other day,” he said.
“She should be able to settle in the first three from the barrier.
“I would like to lead with her, but we might have to take a sit.
“Miss West Coast, Jericho Missile and Simon Miller’s horses are all good horses, but Mia Dolce was impressive the other day.”
Mia Dolce is one of four runners under double figure odds with TABtouch at $9.50, with Niccovi the $2.35 favourite.
Parnham will then head to Albany on Sunday, where he teams up with the in-form He’s A Parker in the $100,000 Albany Cup (2100m).
He’s A Parker, trained by Hec McLaren, has drawn barrier 11 for the Albany Cup and Parnham said the gelding would be hard to beat if he got some luck from the barrier.
Meanwhile, Damian Lane will return to Bunbury to ride at the Bunbury Stakes meeting on March 6.
Lane said he was looking forward to returning home and was hopeful Damien Oliver and Mark Zahra would also be back for the meeting.
“I’ll be back, definitely,” he told TABradio.
“I believe the other boys are confident they’ll be able to get back.
“I’m not sure if they’ve confirmed it but we’re hopeful all three of us can get back.”
Saturday’s Pinjarra meeting gets underway at 12.58pm.