Parables Starts Spring Story in Cockram Stakes

Peter Snowden’s well-bred Lonhro mare Parables will shed light on her spring carnival aspirations when she resumes in the $125,000 Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday.


Parables may target the 2011 Myer Classic on Victoria Derby Day this spring

Snowden has a number of Darley’s stable frontrunners racing first-up at the PB Lawrence Stakes Day meeting, a known kick-off point for many Melbourne Cup hopefuls over the years, including of course last season’s star juvenile Sepoy.

Another Snowden starter on Saturday with genuine Group 1 claims this spring is four-year-old Parables.

Parables is one of 15 mares engaged in the 2011 Cockram Stakes final field, the multiple Group winner drawn well in barrier five and due to be ridden by Kerrin McEvoy.

“She had a really good spell,” Snowden said of Parables.

“She trialled really sharply last week.

“She’s in great order and she’s quite forward so I expect her to run well.”

To date Parables has scored a hat-trick of turf triumphs and six minor placings, meaning she is yet to finish out of the money in her nine career runs.

Seven of those starts have been at stakes level including her Group 3 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) win in August last year, her third in the Group 1 Coolmore Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick in October and most recently her victory in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) at Warwick Farm on March 5.

It is a consistent and impressive record that speaks of a thoroughbred major being within her reach.

Snowden plans to give Parables her chance to salute in an elite level this spring, the prominent trainer naming $500,000 Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day during the Melbourne Cup Carnival as a possible target.

“Not sure just how far she goes, I thought she struggled at the mile (when third in the 2010 Flight Stakes), but she’s stronger now,” he said.

“There’s a chance she could end up in the Myer Stakes (October 29) but she’s got four runs before that so we’ll know more about whether she’ll get there.

“She’s a very laid back filly….she has a scintillating finish when ridden quietly.”

Saturday’s Cockram Stakes is shaping up as a real highlight on the Caulfield race-card with last year’s Crown Oaks winner Brazilian Pulse also among the contenders.

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2011 KS Environmental Cockram Stakes Field & Barrier Draw

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 2311X2138X BRAZILIAN PULSE (NZ) Michael Moroney Craig Williams 12 58.5kg 107
2 19X115232X LADY LYNETTE David & Scott Brunton Nicholas Hall 15 58.5kg 106
3 657X31143X PINKER PINKER Greg Eurell Damien Oliver 9 58.5kg 101
4 666X09855X AVIENUS Mark Webb Kane Bradley 4 57.5kg 99
5 55X112150X DO RA MI (NZ) Peter G Moody Michael Walker 10 57.5kg 95
6 3X1323X31X PARABLES Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 5 57.5kg 100
7 111723X SOUTHERN SPEED Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Ms Clare Lindop 3 57.5kg 92
8 X1428X1121 MID SUMMER MUSIC Peter G Moody Ben Melham 6 56.5kg 96
9 X2X432741X I’M DISCREET Russell Cameron Dean Yendall 7 55kg 98
10 10X2723222 RUE MAPLE Darren Weir Ms Michelle Payne 1 55kg 89
11 314X412219 SPURCIFIC Robbie Griffiths Peter Mertens 8 55kg 89
12 2X1021142X SIMPLY PUT Dale Sutton Stephen Baster 13 54kg 89
13 1631545X52 VENUS WORLD Brian Jenkins Dean Holland 11 54kg 86
14 511810X2 ANABAA’S LEGACY (NZ) Dean Binaisse Glen Boss 14 54kg 74
15 8X121 STAR OF GISELLE Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Chris Symons 2 54kg 74