Two-year-old filly Parmie has made it back-to-back city wins with her Caulfield victory.
Trainer Mathew Ellerton says Parmie is still a raw talent but the filly is starting to put it together on the racetrack, having capped her juvenile season with a second-straight city win.
After breaking her maiden at her fourth start at Sandown recently, Parmie stepped out in Saturday’s Steph Hunter VOBIS Gold Ingot (1400m) at Caulfield and came from last in the middle stages to win.
Ellerton, who trains in partnership with Simon Zahra, said Parmie had not been the easiest horse through the education process and he plans to give the filly the spring off with a view to next year’s autumn carnival.
“She’s been a work in progress,” Ellerton said.
“She’s tested everyone’s patience but she’s just turned into a racehorse now and I’m sure we’ll see a nice filly in the autumn.
“The spring is going to come too soon for her and she’s had a busy preparation.
“I’m not sure what we’ll do with her right now but with spring in the paddock she’ll be a nice filly in the autumn.”
Parmie ($11), with Dean Yendall aboard, was last early before she started to creep closer around the field approaching the 600m.
Mark Zahra on Noble Fight also got going at the same stage, with Yendall able to track him around the home corner before making the winning run on Parmie in the straight.
Parmie hit the front at the 150m and was able to hold off Igniting ($10) to score by a neck with Noble Fight ($17) another 1-3/4 lengths away third.
“It was a funny race,” Ellerton said.
“She was two lengths last and chasing off the bit.
“No sooner I thought ‘what’s going on here’, that she had made up a good amount of ground, and she was really good.”