Olympic swimming champion Todd Pearson’s first foray into racehorse ownership has proven successful, with his colt Fremond scoring in today’s $60,000 Westspeed Initial Plate (1000m) at Belmont Park.
Pearson, who won two gold medals for Australia at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, helped select Fremond at the Magic Millions Perth yearling sale in February. His father Bob, the deputy chairman of the Racing and Wagering WA board, is also a part owner of Fremond.
The Not A Single Doubt colt bombed the start of the first two-year-old race of the season, relegating him to near last.
But after balancing up at the top of the straight, Fremond ($3.70 favourite) surged home down the centre of the track to hit the lead 100m out along with Tworeen ($15)Fremond got the better of Tworeen in the concluding stages to score by half a length.
Glitterbell ($6) finished third.
Trainer Neville Parnham praised the patience of his jockey son Steven and said Fremond had shown plenty of promise.
“From the time he was broken in we always thought he’d be an early runner,” Parnham said. “He was very impressive. “I said to the owners this race can be won and lost at the start and he didn’t do things right.
“He probably missed it by one or one and a half lengths. “But he got travelling before the corner and just had to get out. “He got home a bit better than I thought he would.”
Parnham dominated two-year-old racing early last season and could be set to repeat his form this year.
Fremond cost $55,000 from the draft of Mogumber Park Stud.
Parnham will wait to see how Fremond pulls up from the debut victory before deciding whether he has another start or is spelled.
He will be aimed at the $250,000 Magic Millions Perth 2YO Classic (1100m) at Ascot in February.
The West Australian