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Mornington-based trainer Wez Hunter admits he’ll be disappointed if his 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes-bound filly Parcel gets beaten in her second career run at Moonee Valley this Friday night.
The Beneteau two-year-old made a big impression on her debut back on December 21 when at Bendigo she scored a super speedy win in the $175,000 Marong Cup 7th February 2YO Maiden (900m).
Having shown Hunter lots of potential in her work at home leading up to her maiden run, Parcel didn’t disappoint doing what not many unraced youngsters do when setting a new 900m Bendigo race record when posting 51.07 seconds for the win.
“You don’t have too many horses go to the races for the first time and break a track record,” Hunter told TVN on Thursday morning.
“It was no fluke.”
The run at Bendigo featured a host of livewire chances whose trainers rated them a genuine shot at winning, adding to Hunter’s belief he’s got a very nice filly on his hands.
“It was a field of six or seven and five other trainers told me they think there’s will win,” Hunter said.
“That’s a good sign the horse has above average ability.”
While connections considered stepping her up to black-type company on Australia Day at Sandown-Hillside with a run in the $150,000 Group 3 Blue Diamond Fillies Preview (1000m), Hunter opted to save her for an easier Friday night assignment at the Valley.
As it turned out the BD Fillies Preview was won by the odds-on favourite and current $4.60 top fancy through Ladbrokes.com.au in the futures markets for the $1 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m), run at Caulfield Racecourse on February 28, Fontiton.
She retained her undefeated status with the narrow victory after an emphatic, all-the-way six length romp on debut in the Inglis Banner the start before.
Parcel meanwhile is also eyeing a Blue Diamond Stakes run this Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival but is at a juicy $51 to win after missing the Preview.
That’s a price that could firm should she win this weekend, Hunter looking forward to her run in the first at the meeting – the $35,000 Ranvet Plate (1000m).
“We gave her a little break with 10 days in the paddock after she won her first start,” Hunter said.
“I think she’s a nice filly and she’s going the right way.
“She’s a real push-button two-year-old with a real turn of foot.
“I’ve got a pretty high opinion of her so hopefully she can go on with it.”
One of nine two-year-olds in the mix, Parcel will be ridden by Perth apprentice Chris Parham who is on loan to Hunter for a stint.
Parnham rode Parcel for her Bendigo debut and will be looking to win again when the duo jump from barrier three and will likely lead attempting to go all-the-way up front.
“She had a trial since that run,” Hunter said.
“I don’t know if I’ve had one as quick out of the gates as her.
“I’d be surprised if anything could lead her.
“She’ll give a good kick.
“I’d be pretty disappointed if she got beaten.”
Ladbrokes are currently paying $5 for Parcel to win the Moonee Valley opener with the markets currently led by the rails-drawn Air Apparent ($3.20) and Mick Price’s unraced I Am Invincible filly Invincible Heart ($3.80).
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