Some say Parma...but Parmie's a winner at Sandown

Jul 10, 2019

Both horse and trainers have taken time to work things out but Parmie showed plenty of fight to break her maiden status at Sandown on Wednesday.

Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra had initially pegged Parmie as a sprinting type but the daughter of Snitzel has responded to each step up in trip.

Parmie’s biggest problem was her barrier manners but she stood perfectly before Wednesday’s Yulong Handicap and relished the step up to 1400m to claim the $50,000 race.

“We probably got her mixed up a bit,” Zahra said.

“Being by Snitzel, we thought she was a bit of a running filly and as we’ve stepped her up over a bit of ground, she’s relished it.

“She has been a barrier rogue. All the jockeys and all the track riders and everyone at home has done a great job to get her manners right.”

Parmie covered ground for jockey Dean Yendall in the early and middle stages but she was able to largely avoid a buffeting from the strong winds at Sandown.

Yendall had to push Parmie ($6) along to quicken at the 500m but she kept finding plenty down the long Sandown straight, holding on to beat Presently by a long neck.

Zahra said he and Ellerton could give Parmie a break before deciding their next target but the stable thought the filly would improve significantly next autumn.

“She’s going to be an exciting filly come the autumn,” Zahra said.

Parmie is the first foal to race out of the Group 2 winner Spirits Dance.

Congratulations to great stable supporters Hesket Bloodstock on yet another winner in partnership with Ellerton Zahra Racing and a big thanks to getting the filly to the races in such terrific order.