Steven Parnham is shedding the kilos to experience 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 experience the one unbeaten horse in Winterbottom, the three-year-old filly My Bella Mae who received the Listed Placid Ark Stakes in fabulous type on her final begin.
Transferring 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.
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My Bella Mae’s connections paid a late entry charge of $33,000 to have her race within the Perth weight-for-age dash and Parnham will drop her weight to 51.5kg to experience the filly.
Parnham, who usually sweats to experience 54kg, was making ready to shed the kilos off to experience Bustler at 52kg within the Northern Stakes seven days later, so was on the weight-loss monitor nonetheless.
However the jockey who has received 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 fully certain 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 powerful,” Parnham advised Information Corp.
“I could not be hopeful both means, however I am making the onerous sacrifice (losing a few pounds) for the chance to hope that possibly we generally is a profitable likelihood.
“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 could be the very best likelihood I’ve ever had of entering into Winterbottom.”
Parnham stated there have been no magic methods along with her weight reduction routine.
“I would not say it was simple, but it surely was a problem I wished to tackle,” she stated.
“There are not any actual gimmicks, simply figuring out a calorie deficit weight loss plan and growing my cardio in addition to decreasing the parts of my meals a bit.
“I reduce all of the sugar out of my coffees and simply tried to trim my physique earlier than I began sweating the remainder out.
“It is onerous to essentially know the way this filly will fare, as a result of she’s solely had three race begins and he or she’s inexperienced.
“However I did not wish to remorse it if I did not experience 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