Parmie the flavour of the month again at Caulfield

Jul 27, 2019

Many would dispute her naming but Parmie showed her ability was beyond question in Saturday’s $150,000 VOBIS Gold Ingot (1400m) at Caulfield.

Australians are divided whether the pub favourite is called the chicken parma or chicken parmie but the Snitzel filly notched another win to follow her maiden success at Sandown on July 10.

Co-trainer Mathew Ellerton admitted to a few worries when Parmie was at the back of the field approaching the home turn but the two-year-old quickly made ground under Dean Yendall’s riding to be within striking distance at the 200m.

Parmie ($11) kept finding in the last 100m to beat Igniting ($10) by a neck while Noble Fight ($17) was third.

“It was a funny race,” Ellerton, who trains Parmie in partnership with Simon Zahra, said.

“She was two lengths last and chasing off and no sooner had I thought, ‘geez what’s going on here’, she’d made up a bit of ground.

“She was really good.”

Ellerton said he and Zahra toyed with the idea of running Parmie in a stakes race in Adelaide last week but decided to wait until the autumn to test the rising three-year-old in harder races.

The spring “could come a bit soon” for Parmie, according to Ellerton. He said Parmie has developed well in the last few months but had some improvement to come.

“We were tempted to go to Adelaide last week for a stakes race but we got good compensation today,” Ellerton said.

“She’s been a work in progress.

“She’s tested everyone’s patience but she’s turned into a nice racehorse and she’s going to be a nice horse in the autumn.”