No big plans yet for impressive Te Rapa winner Sat, 06 Feb 2016
Tony Pike won’t be tempted to raise the ante just yet on Parker’s Piece despite the ease of the talented four-year-old’s win at Te Rapa today.
After rider Vinnie Colgan was able to get away with easy sectionals in the FastTrack Insurance 1200, Parker’s Piece proved much too strong for her opposition as she strolled to a length and half victory. That took her record to three wins from eight starts.
“She’s got a lot of ability but she’s been very immature all the way,” said Pike of the daughter of deceased stallion Northern Meteor and the Group-winning racemare Bahira. “She can have another run or two in her own grade but we won’t be asking her to step up to anything too rich just yet.
“I think next season you’ll see a horse that’s up to a decent win or two.”
Parker’s Piece is raced by Hong Kong residents Matthew and Elizabeth Oram and Andrew Li. Expat Matthew Oram and his wife also have a summer home in Mount Maunganui and travelled to Te Rapa earlier today in heavy rain over the Kaimai Ranges.
“All the way over we were thinking it would be a waste of time, but once we arrived here we realised that she had her favourite conditions after all,” said Elizabeth Oram after Parker’s Piece had cut out the 1200-metre trip in 1:10.27.
That was the Don Sellwood-trained mare’s last of six wins and she is now at stud in Australia, where she produced a filly by Zoustar last spring and is now in foal to I Am Invincible.