Chris Parnham spent exactly one month in the nervous 90s before Hot Zed’s Pimm’s Handicap victory enabled William Pike’s probable successor as Western Australia’s champion jockey to raise his bat for his fastest century ever.
Parnham raced from 80 wins to 90 wins in 14 days, but the 23-year-old hoop took from Sunday 10 January to Wednesday 10 February to register his next 10 victories. Only once before has Parnham ridden 100-plus winners in a single Australian thoroughbred racing season, and he did not bring up three figures until Wednesday 20 June 2018 of a multi-state campaign in which he saluted the judge 106 times.
Barring injury, which sadly is always a consideration for jockeys, Parnham is short odds to dethrone Pike in not only Western Australia but also Australia because the Group One-winning young rider leads the metropolitan jockey standings in both his home state and his home country.
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