Connections of lightly-raced Snitzel filly Parmalove will be thrilled with the gun barrier two draw she came up with for the 2015 Taj Rossi Series Final at Flemington Racecourse on Finals Day this Saturday.
Kicking off the bumper nine-race program is the $120,000 Taj Rossi Series Final (1600m) over the mile for juveniles, the Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison-trained Parmalove one of 13 final acceptors.
One of two in the race for Lindsay Park’s David Hayes & Tom Dabernig who also accepted for Flying Light, Artie Schiller gelding Party Boy came up with the rails draw in the handicap clash.
Jumping one on his outside in the second alley with Linda Meech booked for the ride, Parmalove has her fourth career start here.
She won on debut over 1109m at Seymour in late May before a Moonee Valley fifth behind Mawahibb over 1200m on June 20 and then an eighth to 2015 Crown Oaks-bound Bengal Cat over 1400m at Flemington a week later.
Given a little longer between runs this time in, co-trainer Widdison is confident Parmalove can improve on her last start run at Flemington.
Set to suit the step up in distance, with a previous run at the track behind her and a far better barrier than the awkward gate 14 of 14 draw from last time out things are lining up in Parmalove’s favour.
“Last start she drew wide and we ended up having to go back a little further than we would’ve liked,” Widdison told Racing Victoria.
“She still ran well … and think she’d be pretty competitive in that.”
Some of her notable Taj Rossi Series Final rivals for the weekend include the Peter Moody-trained 59kg top weight El Greco, Royal Rumble from the Adelaide base of Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas who comes off a win back home only last Saturday and the aforementioned John Sadler-trained Bengal Cat who has suffered an early blow drawing the outside alley (13) with Craig Williams retaining the ride.
Speaking on Racing Ahead on RSN, Widdison also discussed the future of another filly from the stable in Eloping whose career is very much up in the air at this stage.
A winner of over $1 million in prize money thanks to six wins from 16 starts, the three-year-old daughter of Choisir hasn’t won a race since the lucrative Listed Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield in October last year.
Her only run in the top three since then was a Group 3 Gucci Stakes (1100m) second down the Flemington straight during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
This year she returned in the autumn for three disappointing runs including the latest, a 10th when beaten four lengths by Politeness in the Listed Bel Esprit Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on April 18.
Back in pre-training ahead of a spring return, Widdison confirmed plans were simply to win another race with Eloping before she is retired to the breeding barn as a broodmare later in the year.
“There’s been a little interest in her to be sold at some stage,” he said.
“She’s come back really well, she’s strengthened up and she’s in good order.
“We’ll just try to win a race basically, she becomes very hard to place.
“We’ll just play it by ear – hopefully win one and then kick along to something stronger that way.”
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