Perth jockey Brad Parnham will chase Group 1 redemption aboard Indian Pacific on Friday night in the $500,000 William Reid Stakes at The Valley.
The West Australian pair were only collared late in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap at Flemington, and the start prior, narrowly missed Fabergino in the Listed Bob Hoysted Handicap at the same track.
“I didn't know how he would measure up here but he’s gone outstanding in both his runs,” Parnham said.
“It would've been great to win both of them, at least just win the big one.
“It's only a matter of time before he gets one here, whether it is this prep or the next, he’ll get one here eventually.”
Despite the narrow defeats, Indian Pacific’s form in Melbourne has vindicated Parnham’s decision to forgo bulk rides in Perth and chase an elusive Group 1 success.
The 32 year-old has ridden in 34 Group 1s for three minor placings.
“It's actually really driven me mad that I haven’t (won one),” Parnham said.
“I've had a couple of seconds, I thought the other day was the day, but we’ll get one one day.”
In Parnham’s defence, the Perth summer carnival only features three Group 1 events.
“Usually an interstater might win one of them, ‘Pikey‘s’ (William Pike) definitely going to win one, and then it’s pretty much only one left, they are hard to come by,” Parnham said.
“I've always rated Indian Pacific as a very good horse, although he didn’t run his best race in our (Group 1) Winterbottom back home, I knew deep down he did have the ability.
“Even though I'm going to miss out on a few rides back home I’d rather make the sacrifice to come out here and try and win a big race with him.”
Parnham’s father Neville trains Indian Pacific, while grandfather Harold owns a stake in the sprinter.
“It’d be pretty special to win a good race here,” Parnham said.
Surprise Winterbottom winner Elite Street looks set to join Indian Pacific in the William Reid, the last Group 1 in the Victorian autumn carnival.
After a string of recent placings, Parnham finally broke through last Thursday aboard Sodbuster, an impressive six-length Echuca winner for Leon and Troy Corstens.
“It's been good so far, good to get a winner,” Parnham said.
“I would love to have more rides, but I understand it‘s a pretty competitive environment, rides are not easy to come by (in Victoria).”
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