Horse Racing

Neville Parnham backs boy to beat the boys


Coach Neville Parnham is confident Vampi At Play has what it takes to win tomorrow TABtouch-Sir Ernest Lee Steere Classic (1400m) in Ascot.

The God of Dirty Play was beaten by Admiration Express by more than three distances in the final match in the WA Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m) but has a chance to return in the feature listed tomorrow.

Vampi At Play takes third and fourth place from last week Group 2 SKY Racing-WA Guineas (1600m) Saintorio and All The King’s Men respectively.

Despite the presence of two talented geldings, Neville Parnham said Vampi At Play has what it takes to match them.

Parnham told TABradio: “I’m really pleased with this dirty girl.

“I hope we can get a surface like we saw last week and we can get the best out of her.

“Those two horses had some tough runs last week.

“I believe they’re not quite at the top of their game.”

Parnham said the Vampi At Play “wasn’t that great at running” and felt the track was on the right track in Champion Fillies Stakes.

The Fat Girl dropped to 53kg for the $125,000 event with Steven Parnham on board.

Saintorio is the market leader in TABtouch for Classic Sir Ernest Lee Steele at $2.75, ahead of All The King’s Men ($4), Vampi At Play ($5) and Man Crush ($9).

Parnham had to remove his other runner’s Diamond Command from the three-year-old feature due to a virus.

Meanwhile, Parnham said the Indo-Pacific is ready to put on a bold show in Crown Perth-Winterbottom stake (1200m)although there is a wide barrier.

“The barrier doesn’t help but I’m sure he’ll break through and play a prominent role,” he said.

“This horse just got to the top so I expect it to run a big race.

“He’s doing a good job as wisely as he can and when he comes in second at Newmarket, I think he’s close to that.”

Ascot card tomorrow afternoon will be conducted at 12:05.

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