2015 Blue Diamond Stakes Still the Target for Parcel

February 5th, 2015

Scratched from a two-year-old event at Moonee Valley last Friday under bizarre circumstances, trainer Wez Hunter has revealed classy filly Parcel is still targeting the 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) and will return to action at Sandown on Saturday.

Parcel arrived the barriers as a leading chance for success at Moonee Valley last Friday, but was spooked; leading to her rearing, dumping jockey Chris Parnham and running loose on the course for more than five minutes before eventually being wrangled.

Having appeared competitively just once to date, Hunter is confident last week’s mishap may have been a blessing in disguise with Parcel now offered the opportunity to run for a far firmer track in Saturday’s Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (1000m) at Sandown.

“Physically, there is nothing wrong with her. I gave her a gallop yesterday and she’s fine,” Hunter told TVN.

“She seems alright, we’ll push on. She was really going well into the Valley race; I thought she would go there and just win.

“Sandown is much harder; we’ll get a better idea of where we sit.”

Stamping her claims as one to watch her in racing debut on December 22nd, Parcel jumped from the gates well in the Marong Cup Maiden (900m) at Bendigo and was immediately settled in prime position on the heels of the race’s early leaders.

Receiving an ideal run in transit away from the barrier and rounding the bend, the Beneteau filly appeared to be caught on the fence upon arriving at the final straight.

Weaving through runner, Parnham found a clear racing line for Parcel with 200m to travel; extending well and finding the fore of the pack to hit the line a comfortable length in the clear of closest rival Jameka.

Allocated the outside barrier for the Chairman’s Stakes, Parcel is currently rated a $7 chance for success.

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