Rarefied air: Parr making every post a winner with back-up role at Darley

Sydney Morning Herald

Saturday August 1, 2009

Max Presnell

JOSH PARR is set to continue his excellent form at today's Rosehill Gardens meeting, a historic occasion for Australian racing ironically on the horses' birthday when a flap will replace a smack with the whip.The persuader has been replaced by something with more in common with a fly swatter, plus there are new rules for its application, including that it can't be applied from an above-the-shoulder position and strokes are limited. Hopefully, it won't put jockeys too much off beat, and Racing NSW chief steward Ray Murrihy is confident punters won't be inconvenienced. "Ninety per cent [of jockeys] are now riding within the new rules," he maintained. "Only the 10 per cent will have to adapt."Despite being second string behind Kerrin McEvoy for the massive Darley operation, Parr has been in great form with limited opportunities but has a prime chance, on Rarefied in The Rosebud, to confirm his position. Again the youngsters, last season's two-year-olds, bolster interest on a Saturday program littered with restricted-ratings races in five out the eight.Rarefied faces promising opposition, mainly Stryker and Schipper, but others, including the Peter Moody-prepared Speedy Natalie, have good credentials. Resuming after a spell, Rarefied was third to highly talented Rothesay and Stryker over the Rosehill 1100 metres on July 18. Stryker was at the same stage of his preparation, and if the betting is a guide, Stryker, carrying the Ingham cerise, was the better fancied.Rarefield has scored twice in five attempts; Stryker is still a maiden after five. Stryker has good tactical speed which no doubt will be exploited by Corey Brown from six while Parr on Rarefied will have to call on navigational guile to give his mount a good passage jumping from eight.Perhaps the filly Schipper doesn't catch the eye until she hits top gear over the latter stages but she is above average and so, too, Speedy Natalie going on her easy Morphettville success on July 11. Speedy Natalie came from back in the field.Possibly Will To Win will contribute to a generous tempo, allowing Rarefied to get cover. Romanus, too, has trialled in a manner to suggest he will win races.VERDICT: Be Rarefied with Parr.RIGHT TONE: Parr takes over from McEvoy on Aultone in the www.theraces.com.au Handicap, and the filly will be suited by the 1400m considering the way she hit the line winning over the Randwick 1300m last start. Other strong fancies have been doing well over shorter distances but Abeyant, trained by Jason Coyle, is capable of improving. Abeyant was only fifth to The Mikado, a rival today, over 1200m at Grafton, and will have blinkers for the first time plus better weight terms. Portuguese will have supporters as will Miss Mushu.VERDICT: Aultone on top but try the quinella Aultone and Abeyant.CASH IN: Hopefully, the new whip rules don't come against Blake Shinn on Kroner in the Missile Stakes. Shinn seemed to be in contravention of them scoring on Boca Chita at Warwick Farm yesterday but acting chief steward Steve Railton maintained the jockey was using it in an acceptable "back-handed" fashion. Of course, winter form, of which Krone has an abundance, can be misleading but he has tough, hard racing condition from it. Yes, he was beaten last start at Gosford by Strat's Flyer but he is also going well.In Racenet's bookmaker poll, Mark Read of IASbet, and TAB Sportsbet's Glenn Munsie have listed Kroner as the "lay of the day" with Dreamscape, Typhoon Zed and Olonana getting honourable mentions. Typhoon Zed was beaten at Grafton last start but had a demanding, wide run. Plenty of speed is anticipated, which will suit backmarkers giving conditions that will favour Fritz's Princess, having her first start this year.VERDICT: Kroner backhanded or whatever it takes.NEWITT TEST: Craig Newitt, being one of Melbourne's more vigorous whip riders, will be under the spotlight with the new rules, and Bel Mer, for one, could be a test case for him in the Bletchingly Stakes at Caulfield. Racing Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey has pointed out Newitt and Damien Oliver, to a lesser degree, would have been in contravention of the new rules at Moonee Valley last Saturday. Bel Mer looks the main danger to I Am Invincible, winner of three out of his past four starts. I Am Invincible began slowly when a narrow winner from Gran Sasso over the Caulfield 1100m on July 18, and still has to extend to 1200m a risk. Bel Mer has scored over the journey, and from five first-up attempts, the situation in the Bletchingly, she has notched two wins and three placings. The form of Maxisun in Queensland is a lot better than it looks on paper.VERDICT: Bel Mer for Newitt.GO GLOBAL: Well-known owner Nick Moraitis has achieved outstanding results when switching trainers, and Global Warming in the Aquanita Handicap at Caulfield could come into the category. Global Warming was going nowhere in Sydney but since joining Robert Smerdon, his two Melbourne efforts have been pleasing. For instance, the six-year-old was fifth, beaten two lengths, by I Am Invincible, in the Monash at Caulfield on July 18, and gets class relief here. Snappy Tom beat Global Warming home in the Monash but as an eight-year-old, he might be past the point of improvement.VERDICT: Global Warming.

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