Sensible Parama primed for home track run
By Jonny Turner
A big last start effort on Diamonds Day has Forbury Park pacer Parama primed for a big run on his home track on Thursday night.
The Darryn Simpson trained three-year-old produced a solid fourth in a strong field in his last outing on Southland’s premier race day.
That race was a big step up from his impressive debut win against weaker opposition on his home track, last month.
“I was wrapped with him really, it was a big jump up in class from a maiden win,” Simpson said.
“He has come through it really well and his work this week was good.”
Parama will yo-yo back down in class on Thursday night, when he lines up in race 7, a rating 40-55 company.
The pacer will also revert back to standing start racing, after lining up behind the mobile at Ascot Park.
Simpson said his Bettor’s Delight pacer had a sensible attitude, which should help him handle going back behind the tapes.
“It is always a concern, just having two starts, but he is pretty level headed.”
“He went away slow, but safe in his first start and as a rule he does pace away.”
“I would like to think he would step away pretty good.”
His two good career efforts so far suggest there are plenty more wins to come from Parama.
Simpson said he is the type of horse that could work his way through to the country cups grade.
“Come Christmas time he could be in those summer cups.”
“I think with a break you’ll see a different horse.”
“At the moment he is just a touch on the weak side of things, but when he comes back you should probably see twice the horse.”
Simpson’s only other runner, S P F Three, starts in maiden company, also over 2200m.
The trainer was willing to write off the three-year-old’s winning chances despite the horse drawing the outside of the front line of the mobile.
“You can’t say it is a bad draw until after the race, you just don’t know.”
“He goes OK, he is not the worst maiden that is for sure.”
S P F Three went two good races for third before galloping out of his last start on Diamonds Day.
Simpson said he expected the horse to do things right in race 3, as he has added an overcheck to the horse’s bridle.
“He just got a bit uptight and dropped his head and had a gallop at Invercargill, which he hadn’t done before.”
“So, I have but the overcheck on him and I think he should be fine.”
S P F Three takes on several promising pacers tonight.
Miss Ruby Sunshine drops significantly in grade and looks very tough to beat. Where’s Daddy and Bono Brown add interest to the race with their handy trial and workout form.
Like Miss Ruby Sunshine, Maharani is a 2yr-old filly dropping down in class at Forbury Park.
The Mitchell Kerr trained pacer looks tough to beat in race 4.