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Menari Has X-Factor: Parr

Wednesday, 20th September 2017

Jockey Josh Parr has no doubt Menari is the horse to beat in Saturday's Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill despite the star colt drawing wide in barrier 11. Parr is also confident the son Snitzel will have no problem stretching out his brilliance to seven furlongs for the first time in the $1 million feature. "He is a big horse with a big stride, therefore my first feeling is I would rather be drawn wide than inside and have the danger of being locked away," Parr told racing.com. "Going into the Golden Rose last year, I thought Astern [last year's Golden Rose winner] might have been too brilliant to run a strong seven furlongs and look what he did." Parr added: "Looking back at the past couple of years, the Golden Rose winner has been the dominant colt and I think Menari has showed similar form as previous winners heading in to Saturday." Parr, who has guided Menari to dashing wins at his past two outings in the Gr2 The Run To The Rose (1200m) and Listed Rosebud (1100m), says the George Altomonte-owned colt has an intangible quality that only special horses possess. "He is definitely the best horse I have ridden," Parr said. "I've been quite lucky over the years working with Gai Waterhouse, Peter Snowden and big Sydney stables to ride some quality horses. But Menari has the x-factor, he is such an exciting horse."


Menari (image: Steve Hart)
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