Steve Parnham dives by kilograms to trip x-factor filly Winterbottom Stakes

Steven Parnham is shedding the kilos to trip the X-factor horse within the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes however would not be shocked if he ran first or final on Saturday.

The four-time Group 1 winner will trip the one unbeaten horse in Winterbottom, the three-year-old filly My Bella Mae who gained the Listed Placid Ark Stakes in fabulous fashion on her final begin.

Shifting as much as Group 1 grade to tackle all gamers is a monumental leap, however bookmakers are preserving the Dion Luciani-trained filly secure sufficient at $14 within the Winterbottom betting.


My Bella Mae’s connections paid a late entry price of $33,000 to have her race within the Perth weight-for-age dash and Parnham will drop her weight to 51.5kg to trip the filly.

Parnham, who usually sweats to trip 54kg, was getting ready to shed the kilos off to trip Bustler at 52kg within the Northern Stakes seven days later, so was on the weight-loss observe nonetheless.

However the jockey who has gained 4 Group 1 Kingston City Classics (now the Northern Stakes) will go away no stone unturned in his bid for his first Winterbottom.

However he admits he is not solely positive what to anticipate from My Bella Mae.

“You would not know what to anticipate from her Saturday. She may exit and run a ripper race or discover it robust,” Parnham informed Information Corp.

“I could not be hopeful both means, however I am making the exhausting sacrifice (shedding weight) for the chance to hope that perhaps we generally is a profitable probability.

“From my eyes watching her, she’s bettering immensely with each run.

“She’s not simply beating three-year-olds, she’s beating them fairly convincingly and her the instances had been actually good too.

“You see it in Melbourne, actually good three-year-olds match it with good sprinters.

“This may be the perfect probability I’ve ever had of moving into Winterbottom.”

Parnham stated there have been no magic tips along with her weight reduction routine.

“I would not say it was simple, nevertheless it was a problem I wished to tackle,” she stated.

“There aren’t any actual gimmicks, simply figuring out a calorie deficit food plan and growing my cardio in addition to lowering the parts of my meals a bit.

“I lower all of the sugar out of my coffees and simply tried to trim my physique earlier than I began sweating the remaining out.

“It is exhausting to actually know the way this filly will fare, as a result of she’s solely competed in three races and he or she’s inexperienced.

“However I did not need to remorse it if I did not trip her as a result of I would not have given myself an opportunity to win Winterbottom.”

Initially posted as Jockey Steve Parnham aiming for his first Winterbottom Stakes