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The Blackbook: Parry shines with return to form



Trainer Bjorn Baker, who took his stable’s tally of wins to 51 on all tracks this season after a Boxing Day brace with Parry Sound and Lady Of Luxury, confirmed both winners have earned interstate campaigns.Tough stayer Parry Sound scored his first win for the Baker stable when he emulated dam Aqua D’Amore, winner of the Summer Cup in 2005.“He will go to the ($1 million Magic Millions, Gold Coast, January 15) Subzero,” Baker said. “He came second (behind Black On Gold) in the race last January when trained by John O’Shea.“I had a look through the field he met at the Gold Coast last time and a lot of them have retired so I’m not sure what we will be up against next month.”Parry Sound scored a deserved big-race win in the Summer Cup after he was placed second in the Lord Mayors Cup and Winter Cup Cup, and third in the McKell Cup and Grafton Cup in successive starts for Baker earlier this year.Lady Of Luxury showed Baker enough with her strong Randwick win to clinch a start in the $250,000 Magic Millions Rising Stars Fillies and Mares (1300m) at the Gold Coast on January 8.Baker said Dynamic Impact had pulled up well after his fourth to Kirwan’s Lane over the Randwick Mile on Sunday and will join the stable’s Gold Coast carnival for the $250,000 The Wave (1800m) in two weeks.The Warwick Farm-based trainer’s Randwick double took him to 25 wins and outright second in the Sydney trainer premiership behind the all-conquering Chris Waller on 73 wins.YOU CAN BET ON ITLady Of Luxury (race 6) was one of the best-backed runners at Royal Randwick on Boxing Day – and duly landed the plunge.The Bjorn Baker-trained Lady of Luxury opened at $12 but continued support including bets of $600 at $12, $600 at $10 and $2000 at $8 saw her firm into $4.40 favouritism before she scored an impressive win.Holyfield (race 9) made one punter happy and foiled a big move for Melbourne raider I Am Vinnie.TAB Fixed Odds fielded a wager of $2500/$3000 each way on Holyfield at $10/$3.20. He eventually started $8.50 and scored a tough win.I Am Vinnie was backed from $51 into $12 before easing slightly to $17 after bets of $500 at $26, $1000 at $21, $300 $200 each way at $21/$6, $625 at $17 and $1375 at $14. He eventually ran eighth, beaten nearly four lengths behind Holyfield.Waihaha Falls and Otyrar (race 10) were backed almost to the exclusion of the rest of the field but both were disappointing.Favourite Waihaha Falls ($3.30) was wide throughout and ran only sixth while Otyrar, who firmed into $5.50, but ran poorly to finish second last.FIVE TO FOLLOWRussian Conquest (race 1) followed her debut win in the Max Lees Classic at Newcastle with an even more impressive win at Randwick to open the Boxing Day meeting. She raced on the speed in a fast-run race and accelerated away to score a brilliant win. Talented filly who is going to be very competitive in the Magic Millions next month.Pecuniary Interest (race 4) was again slow out of the barriers, missing the start by about three lengths. But Pecuniary Interest has returned in a rich vein of form this summer and despite being held up in the straight, he powered home to win the Midway convincingly. He could be ready to take the step to stakes level for the January Cup.Zegalo (race 6) was very unlucky finishing fast for third to Dhakuri. The former English galloper has shaped promisingly in three runs this campaign and with a clear run he should have won on Sunday. He’s ready to win next start.Two Big Fari (race 9) hasn’t won for over a year but ran his best race for ages when a game second to Holyfield. The winner led and defied all challengers but Two Big Fair didn’t shirk his task at any stage and was beaten less than a length on the line. Fitter for two runs from a spell and looks to be getting back to his best form.Casino Kid (race 10) is bursting to win a race. His five runs back this campaign have all been solid efforts particularly his closing fourth behind Nothinsweetaboutme on Sunday. The rails barrier worked against him as he was held up inside runners for much of the straight before bursting through late to just miss a place. He can be placed to advantage next start.CRUNCH TIMERussian Conquest (race 1) was very impressive winning first-up over 1100m and recording a swift 1m 3.63s. She settled close to the lead in a fast-run race before accelerating brilliantly from the 300m to win by a widening margin of more than three lengths. Her final 600m sectional of 34.38s was the fastest of the race and even more meritorious given she raced up the speed.Kirwan’s Lane (race 3) hugged the rails throughout and sprinted home his final 600m in 33.99s to score a narrow win. Wheelhouse had to move around the leaders on the turn and ran home in 34.01s losing in a tight finish.Zegalo (race 5) was shuffled back to last mid-race then was held up for at a vital stage in the straight before finishing powerfully for a close third. Zegalo ran his final 600m in a very fast 33.76s despite striking trouble in the straight.Animate (race 8) scored a strong win in a race that had a number of very good runs. The first half of the 1200m was run at a pedestrian 36.07s and the race turned into a sprint home with Animate recording 33.63s for his final 600m to score a strong win.In the same race, Super Effort closed off well for third in 33.52s while back in the field, Shadow Crush recorded the fastest final 600m sectional of the day in 33.31s and finishing only ninth. Impasse might have finishing second last but he was held up late in the race and still ran 33.46s.TRACK TALK“The main aim is to get back up for the Magic Millions and this sets him up nicely for the 2400m. We’ll take him up to the Magic Millions (Subzero Quality) with a bit of confidence,” said Bjorn Baker, trainer of Parry Sound.“Son emulates Mum to win G3 Summer Cup, Parry Sound a new SW for Pierro. Got to confess I was a huge fan of the wilful Aqua D’Amore (dam of Parry Sound), when she was good, she was very, very good,” wrote Breednet’s Tara Madgwick on Twitter.“Russian Conquest has a cruising speed and is doing things better and better each week. She will make her presence felt in the Magic Millions,” said trainer Peter Snowden.“Bowing Day for punters – certainly got plenty of punishment!” wrote punter Kerry James Woodlock on Twitter.“It didn’t work out as well as I hoped, I think the run was better than it looked to be fair because we worked extremely hard early, had a little breather but then she was asked to go again,” said James McDonald, rider of Coolangatta.“She was always going to be a bit fresh and will be better for the run but she was pretty impressive again,” said Ciaron Maher, trainer of Coolangatta.“Marabi feels like she’s at her top and then she just finds off it. I don’t think she’s an aggressive horse, she’s just been too quick for her rivals at her last few starts. I think if she finds herself in these races on a hot tempo she’ll sit off them easily enough,” said jockey Jamie Kah.STEWARDS SAYHugh Bowman, rider of Casino Lord (race 2), told stewards after improving on improving on to the back of Ranuncula after the 400m he then commenced to shift to that runner’s outside approaching the 250m. At the same time, Air Marshall and Bowman had to check Casino Lord when he was disappointed for clear running. Bowman added once he got clear running near the 150m Casino Lord ran on strongly for third. Pecuniary Interest (race 4) stood flat-footed as the start and lost about three lengths. On straightening became held up on the heels of Al Sahara and did not obtain clear running until near the 200m before finishing fast to win.Zegalo (race 5) was badly held up rounding the home turn and in the early part of the straight. Between the 350m and the 250m he tried to improve into a narrow run between Outlandos and Peekays Legacy and continued to be held up during this period before securing clear running at the 150m and ran on for third.Lightning Jack (race 7) was under pressure from the 800m when the race tempo increased and disappointed in the manner he finished off his race, failing to beat a rival to the line. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame (1/5) in the near-hind leg. Trainer Annabel Neasham was advised that a veterinary clearance will be required before Lightning Jack is permitted to race or barrier trial again.Tamerlane (race 8) raced keenly for the majority of the event when wide and without cover before finishing sixth. Blesk (race 9) was briefly held up for clear running behind Southern Lights on straightening. Near the 250m Blesk improved into a narrow run between Brown Thomas and Southern Lights and became held up momentarily again after making contact with Brown Thomas. He ran on late for third.Waihaha Falls (race 10) raced wide and without cover throughout the event before finishing only sixth.RANDWICK SNAPSHOT BY RON DUFFICYRUN OF THE DAYNothinsweetaboutme is a lightly-raced four-year-old mare going through her classes. Her performance putting two straight wins on the board on Sunday was courageous. It was only a benchmark 72 but she has the courage and style to go on with the job in time.FORGET THEY RANA couple of bad beats on Boxing Day including the well-fancied Casino Lord who just got held up at a vital stage in the straight losing momentum costing him victory. The other was Zegalo who got shuffled back from barrier two into a terrible position tight between runners and it was a horror watch for his supporters.THE BLACK BOOKIt has to be Zegalo after his unlucky run, he is at the right part of his preparation for a peak performance while I Say Hello may only have a couple of runs left in her being in foal but she is a big chance going out a winner.RIDE OF THE DAYGlyn Schofield has been riding a few winners since returning from injury and showed his experience with his winning ride on Dhakuri. Glyn just rode patiently from a wide draw and picked his way through the field getting all the favours.NSW RACING – THE WEEK AHEADToday: Corowa, Orange, BowravilleWednesday: GosfordThursday: Coffs HarbourFriday: Gosford, NowraSaturday: Randwick Kensington, Gilgandra, Gundagai, Port Macquarie, Inverell, TamworthSunday: Ballina, Gilgandra

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