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Magic Millions Rides on Parr

With the Magic Millions on this Saturday our mates at 12Follow chat to in-form hoop Josh Parr, paying particular attention to his two rides in the day’s big races.

JOSH Parr has taken the bit between his teeth since returning from injury in mid-2016, setting NSW tracks alight to sit second in this season’s jockeys premiership.

His strong riding and astute tactical preparation – aided by the input of his new manager, our very own John Walter – has seen him slowly climb the ladder and compete for plum rides with the state’s top hoops.

On Saturday, Parr heads north to the Gold Coast where he will ride Chauffeur and Arbeitsam in the Magic Millions 2yo and 3yo Classics respectively.

Parr believes that both present strong value chances in the feature events and has shared his thoughts on his mounts with our mates at


“His last start was really good. From Within was allowed to lead at her own leisure and they didn’t go all that quickly out in front. He over-raced a bit and wasn’t sure how to travel up behind horses and come into it off the back of them turning for home, but the stable was pleased with the way he attacked the line.

It was a similar situation to his debut when he took a while to pick them up – the difference was he had a 400m straight at Rosehill, whereas at Canterbury it was too late by the time he had balanced up.

I’m pretty confident the 1200m Magic Millions race will be right up his alley. In all likelihood it will be a high-pressure race, so if he relaxes well he can show that brilliant turn of foot.

There has been a suggestion that with four fillies considered the top four chances in the race that this may be a weak group of two-year-olds. I’m not sure if that is the case, the fillies have just been really impressive and have earned that right. That said, in a high-pressure race like this, all four will race on speed, and could be the ones late in the race that are being attacked.


I’ve not ridden this one in a race but have sat on him a few times at trackwork and studied his replays closely. He is a pretty straightforward horse – he shows good early speed, races forward and is a push button type.

The one thing in his favour is that he is very fit. Regardless of the speed they go at – and again, it is likely there will be an above average tempo – he will be strong late in the race.

Obviously, there are big wraps on Winning Rupert, which has also shown good gate speed in his previous starts. But as I see it, he hasn’t had much pressure on him. He’s coming up against a horse like mine with great early toe and if he wants to lead, he is going to want to be pretty quick head my bloke. That said, I never go out with lead at all cost mentality, but clearly we want to maximise the strengths of our horse.

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