A modest tract of land at Banjup is trainer Neville Parnham’s weapon in his ongoing Perth premiership battle with young gun Adam Durrant.
The property, named Shangri-La, is Ascot-based Parnham’s key to rejuvenating gallopers with a back-to-nature approach. A nominee for induction to _The West Australian _ Racing Industry Hall Of Fame on November 15, Parnham has won a record 13 Perth trainers’ premierships.
Panels appointed by Racing And Wagering WA have selected 30 candidates across thoroughbred, harness racing and greyhound codes. Judges will narrow the field to 15 for an induction ceremony at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Parnham, 55, is currently second to Durrant on the trainers’ list and said Shangri-La had a vital role in his horses’ regimes. The property, managed by former jockey Paul Grantham, is named after a fictional hidden paradise in the Himalayas. “Our team can blossom when their work-outs are temporarily transferred from city to rural surroundings,” Parnham said.
“Interstate imports are generally sent straight to Shangri-La and the majority soon show marked benefit.” Playing God won his second Group 1 Kingston Town Classic for Parnham after he returned from a testing Melbourne campaign and was freshened at Shangri-La.
Parnham is optimistic of wresting the training premiership title back.”I consider we bought well at last season’s yearling sales,” Parnham said. “The youngsters should bolster our Ascot team, which varies between 40 and 50.”We have forward juveniles by Exceed And Excel, Sebring, Northern Meteor and War Chant.”
Albert Jordan, who won six trainers’ premierships from 1950 to 1972, is also a hall of fame nominee. The winner of four Perth Cups and seven WA Sires’ Produce Stakes, he was noted for successful Melbourne raids.
Winterbottom Stakes, WA Derby and Perth Cup wins put 1950s star Raconteur in line for a hall of fame induction.
Ernie Manning The West Australian