Parr says Smith mare a tough act to follow

Jockey Josh Parr believes Newcastle-trained In Her Time could be the toughest mare he has ridden ahead of their Tattersall’s Tiara (1350 metres) assignment at Doomben on Saturday.
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BACK ON TOP: Josh Parr and In Her Time winning the group 2 Millie Fox Stakes at Rosehill in February. Picture: bradleyphotos南京夜网.au

The Sydney hoop travelled to Brisbane on Monday night and rode In Her Time in trackwork on the Doomben course proper on Tuesday morning.

It was the first time Parr had ridden the Ben Smith-trained four-year-old since they were a brave fifth in the group 1 Doomben 10,000 on May 13. Parr could not make the weight for In Her Time’s close second in the Stradbroke Handicap two weeks ago, when Dean Yendall was aboard.That run helped In Her Time claim favouritism for the $500,000 Tiara and she was at $3.30 was TAB Fixed Odds on Tuesday.

Parr told Sky Racingwhen he returned to Sydney on Tuesday that he was desperate to get back aboard In Her Time and was pleased he made the trip for the mare’s final serious hit-out.

“She’s in fantastic order,” Parr said.“Ben Smith and his team have done a really good job with her. Her work was fantastic this morning.

“I think her work has progressively got better as her preparation has gone on. It’s just really pleasing to get on her this morning and have her work in that fashion.

“She’s so tough and has got a turn of foot, which helps her. She races up on the speed and then shows that turn of foot which puts a bit of a gap in her rivals.

“I think she could be the toughest mare I’ve ever ridden. She sticks her head out and her determination is something to admire.”

Newcastle trainer Kris Lees also put his Tiara hope, Danish Twist, through a final hit-out on Tuesday.The five-year-old, which was eighth in the race last year, worked on the Newcastle course and will make the trip to Brisbane onThursday night.

Danish Twist has not won since the June Stakes last year but was a close third in the group 1 Coolmore Classic in March. Shewas a $13 hope for the Tiara and Lees said Wednesday’s barrier draw would be vital.

“She rushed through her grades pretty quickly when she put four or five wins together and now she’s racing at the highest level all the time,” he said.

“She’s mixed her form a little and had a couple of hard luck stories here and there but the most important thing is the barrier draw tomorrow.

“That’spretty vital.She needs to be covered up and get the right type of run.”

Lees has Savoureux nominated at Randwick and for the Tiara but he conceded she “probably won’t make the field” at Doomben.

“She’s still up there so she’ll probably run there the week after,” he said.

On Wednesday, Lees’ focus will be on first-starter Sasso Corbaro at Canterbury. The two-year-old filly, a $290,000 China Horse Club buy, was an impressive trial winner at Gosford two weeks ago.

“It’s a really competitive race so it’s a good guide to see where we’re at, but it’s been encouraging what we’ve seen so far.”

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