Kerry Parker looks to Group One double
Feet problems have once again put an end to a spring campaign for Brilliant Light but trainer Kerry Parker still has plenty to look forward to in coming weeks.
Nextanix, fourth in the Sydney Cup earlier this year, showed his trainer he was on the right track towards the Group One Metropolitan with a fast closing second to Kontiki Park over 1400 metres at Rosehill on Saturday.
Parker is also excited about the return of Australian Oaks runner-up Aliyana Tilde who kicks off an Epsom Handicap campaign in Saturday’s Toy Show Quality (1300m) at Warwick Farm.
The pair’s prospects will help ease the frustration over what might have been for stakes winner Brilliant Light who returned to racing earlier this year after his foot was virtually rebuilt.
“He has a crack in his hoof again,” Parker said.
“He has had to go to the paddock and it doesn’t look good.
“But I’m more than thrilled with Nextanix.
“He’s terrific and it’s great to see him start out like this.
“The Metropolitan is his aim and based on what he did last time on what was virtually his first full preparation, it’s exciting.”
Parker is cautious about Aliyana Tilde, not wanting to commit her to a stayer’s campaign despite her performance over the 2400 metres of the Oaks won by Streama who will be restricted to 1600 metres this time around.
“It’s a big step up from three-year-old fillies to open company,” he siad.
“I don’t know if she’s up to a Caulfield Cup.
“She runs in the Toy Show and then we’ll work out how to get to the Epsom.
“We’ll play it by ear and let her tell us.”
The Epsom (1600m) and the Metropolitan (2400m) are on October 6, the final day of the Sydney spring carnival.
Saturday’s Warwick Farm meeting features five stakes races headed by the Group Two Warwick Stakes (1400m).