Parnham still optimistic despite wide draw
Jockey Steven Parnham is putting a positive spin on Largo Lad’s wide barrier in the Perth Cup.
Parnham said barrier 19 could have its advantages for Largo Lad in the Group Two race on New Year’s Day.
The David Hayes-trained five-year-old son of Encosta De Lago has been specifically set for the $400,000 2400m feature at Ascot and impressed with his fast-finishing second to Cup favourite Lords Ransom in the Group Two CB Cox Stakes (2100m) on December 19.
"It’s obviously disappointing to draw out wide, but it’s better for such a big horse like him than to draw the inside barrier," Parnham told perthracing.com.au.
"We will just see how the race pans out, hopefully we can slot in early, if not we’ll have to go back and try and finish over the top of them.
"His work on Tuesday morning was solid enough. He has certainly come forward a fair way since his CB Cox Stakes performance."
Largo Lad eased from $9.50 to $12 with TAB Sportsbet after Tuesday’s barrier draw with the Cup market headed by Lords Ransom at $3.60.
Second pick was Gondorff at $7 ahead of at Right Fong and Ma Chienne at $7.50.
The Paul Perry-trained 2008 Metropolitan Handicap winner Newport was on the fourth line of betting at $10.
Proart was the firm favourite for the sprint feature, the Summer Scorcher (1000m), coming in from $4 to $3.60 almost as soon as markets opened.