Top WA trainer Neville Parnham says in-form sprinter Excelorada will definitely travel to Melbourne but the gelding will miss Saturday’s Listed Kensington Stakes (1000m) at Flemington.
Excelorada has developed into one of the west’s most talented sprinters this season with wins in six of his eight 2012/13 runs, taking his record to an imposing 10 victories from 18 outings.
The son of Exceed And Excel recorded strong wins at Listed level during his two summer carnival runs in Perth but Parnham said there is nothing suitable for the gelding in his home town, which is the reason for his Victorian visit.
However, Parnham said the hot and humid weather forecast for Melbourne later in the week was the reason he decided to delay Excelorada’s trip across the Nullarbor Plain until next week.
“I was all set to go that way but I’m just not 100 percent happy with going this week,” Parnham said. “There are some very hot days and very humid days forecast so I just preferred to hang on to him here for another week or so.”
Parnham said Excelorada would probably make his Victorian debut in the Listed WJ Adams Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield on February 2 but the run would not be a test for the Group I Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at the same track three weeks later.
“There’s the Adams and then the Rubiton the week after or something like that,” Parnham said.
“I don’t think he is to the Oakleigh Plate quality of horse, to be honest.
“I was just looking at a couple of the minor races in Melbourne because there is just nothing in Perth for him until July. He’s a five-year-old gelding so I just thought I’d give him a crack at Melbourne races and see if he is up to it.”
Parnham said Excelorada would make the trip to Melbourne on his own as stablemates such as Playing God and God Has Spoken remain in the spelling paddock after their Perth summer carnival exertions.
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2013 Summer Scorcher result – Excelorada win overshadowed
Smart prospect Excelorada took out the Tuesday’s Listed Summer Scorcher (1000m) at Ascot but the death of the pre-post favourite minutes before the event took some of the shine off the gelding’s win.
Excelorada ran home strongly from the box seat to win the $80,000 quality comfortably but the death of Texan in the preliminary overshadowed the Neville Parnham-trained galloper’s win.
Texan suffered a fatal heart attack while heading around to the barriers, shocking both spectators and participants at the meeting.
Excelorada started favourite as a result of Texan’s misfortune and the son of Exceed And Excel had little trouble posting his 10th win from 18 starts with jockey Steven Parnham aboard.
“I’m very happy with the way the horse has come back from a situation where he was in a lot of trouble as a two and three-year-old,” Neville Parnham told Sky Racing World.
“He had a lot of injuries to his knees and he has done a great job.
“It’s very sad with the pre-race dramas with Texan. I know what it’s like and it’s a bit gut-wrenching so our feelings are out for the connections of the horse.”
Excelorada ($2.50 fav) was too strong for Acorns ($7) while the early pacesetter Werd ($4.70) stuck on gamely for third.
Meanwhile, Mabel Grace claimed the Listed La Trice Classic (1800m) for leading trainer Adam Durrant.
Durrant was the unfortunate trainer of Texan but managed to salvage some joy out of the afternoon when Mabel Grace scored her eighth win from 36 starts.
The daughter of Kendel Star defeated Miss Tipsy Topsy while the Gai Waterhouse-trained Upon This Rock was third.
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