Neville Parnham is excited to be bringing Kay Cee back to the races and is confident his star filly will exert her dominance in feature three-year-old races this season
Kay Cee made light work of her Belmont barrier trial on Tuesday, coasting to the line to win by 2 ½ lengths, her second trial win since last year’s successful Ascot carnival.
“I’m really happy with her, fitness wise she is very, very fit,” Parnham told The Races WA.
“She just needs a bit of match practice, but she has got a couple of nice trials in.
“She is ready to go now in a 1400m first-up, she is a very clean-winded horse.
“We don’t think we are behind the eight ball, we are certainly in front of it.
“She will be definitely be fit first-up, there is no problem at all.”
The Raconteur Stakes (1400m) on June 6 marks the return of Kay Cee, her first official appearance since last year’s outstanding Ascot carnival campaign.
The daughter of Playing God scaled racing’s biggest heights when she claimed victory in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m).
She also won the Burgess Queen Stakes and placed in the WA Guineas (1600m) and Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m), capping a hot two months of racing.
Kay Cee is in line to meet a host of up and coming rivals in the Raconteur Stakes, including Resortman, Windstorm, both unbeaten, and Laverrod.
Parnham is confident Kay Cee will underline her class.
“I’m sure she will acquit herself very well,” Parnham said.
“I’ve got no doubt about her ability.
“She is the only Group 1 three-year-old in this state.
“At the moment she is the benchmark three-year-old in Western Australia.”
Parnham hasn’t ruled out extending Kay Cee’s campaign to the Belmont Oaks (2000m) in July, two weeks after the Belmont Guineas (1600m) on June 20.
Parnham’s only caveat is racing in the heart of winter.
“She’s unproven on wet tracks,” Parnham said.
“I don’t think it will bother her, but it’s one thing that could be a chink in her.”
Meanwhile Parnham takes three horses to Belmont on Wednesday, Lasting Impact, Annihilator and Turbo Power.
Lasting Impact, a two-year-old filly, makes her debut in the Gourmet Takeaway Plate (1000m).
“She is a really nice filly and I think she has a handy sort of future, probably more as a three-year old.” Parnham said.
“She won’t do much racing this campaign, but I would expect going forward that she could be a summer carnival horse.
“She has to do it on race day yet, but on what she has shown me I think she is a nice filly.”
Annihilator resumes first up in the Quayclean Handicap (1200m), carrying 61kg for Brad Parnham.
“He’s going really well and ran second to Laverrod in a trial,” Parnham said.
“He has probably improved since then, I’m really, really pleased with the way he has shaped up.
“He should give a pretty forward showing.”
Last-start winner Turbo Power tackles the Amelia Park Handicap (1300m).
“He will be about the place again,” Parnham said.