June Stakes 2015: Josh Parr set to strike with Avoid Lightning in feature sprint at Randwick
Nic Ashman — The Daily Telegraph
JOSH Parr gets his first taste of Avoid Lightning on Saturday and has promised his mate Tim Clark to do the Central Coast boys proud in the June Stakes at Randwick.
Parr is Clark’s brother-in- law, with the pair residing north of Sydney and frequently travelling to Randwick for trackwork in the same car.
Clark will be riding at Doomben on Saturday.
For weeks, Parr has sat in the car on the way back from trackwork on Tuesdays and Thursdays hearing about how well Avoid Lightning is coming along after a stop-start beginning to her campaign.
“He loves that mare and has established a very good record on her,” Parr said. “Obviously with a horse like her, he’ll talk a bit more than he would about most other horses. Let’s hope I’ve heard enough to ride her as good as he does.”
Clark said he had the utmost confidence that Parr would get the job done.
“She’s such an easy horse to ride because she’s got that push-button turn of foot that most horses don’t,” he said. “The other thing is she’s got early toe, which means usually I can put her in the right spot.”
But it doesn’t always work out that way, as Clark found out in the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) in Adelaide last month.
“The bigger the field, the more horses vying for that spot and there’s usually more with the early toe to be there,” he added. “Joshy has a big field to contend with but, unlike that day, he’s drawn a nice gate.
“That’s a big key in these types of races and also for a horse like her. She can be in behind the speed without overexerting, whereas when you draw wide you’re hunting up looking to get in somewhere and it takes so much longer for the horse to settle and get into a rhythm.”
Avoid Lightning will travel to Brisbane in two weeks for the Tatt’s Tiara (1400m) — the last Group 1 race of the season.
Clark says the daughter of Blevic can arrive in the sunny state off the back of a win after a rousing gallop at Randwick on Tuesday.