Parramore's punt pays dividends
A COUPLE of years ago at the Classic yearling sales in Sydney, Andrew Parramore decided to take a punt, forking out $5500 to buy a son of Power Of Destiny.
The former jockey-turned-Grafton trainer's decision has come up trumps.
The now three-year-old colt, named Power Receiver, lines up at Ballina tomorrow chasing his third successive win in the Ballina Bears CC Country Plate (1000m).
Parramore credits Paul Murray, the son of champion south coast trainer Bede Murray, as being instrumental in the purchase.
"I liked the look of him. He was a nice little horse," Parramore recalled.
"I was a bit gun shy. My confidence was down a little after I bought another horse, syndicated it, and it had niggling problems and never turned out as we expected.
"I was just kicking off my training career and it's always good to listen to advice, especially from people like the Murrays.
"I said to Paul 'what do you think?' and he agreed he was a nice horse and worth a gamble.
"Actually Paul and myself broke him in."
Power Receiver showed early promise, recording two placings in his initial preparations.
Parramore was always confident he would develop further and this preparation has vindicated his opinion.
Parramore fancied the galloper, first-up from a 133-day spell, in an 1100m maiden at Grafton on September 29.
Alas, Power Receiver finished runner-up to Bymonashee after being well backed.
Parramore was naturally disappointed but little did he know at the time the Bill Pholi-trained four-year-old was well above average, winning impressively at his next two starts.
Power Receiver scored a dominant 2.5-length maiden win at Ballina over 1010m on October 18 and backed up, leading throughout again, to win by a length in a 1000m Class 1 at Port Macquarie on November 4.
Parramore believes Power Receiver's new-found form has come with natural maturity.
"He grew a tad and thickened up since last preparation but mostly he's learned what racing is all about and improved through natural maturity," he said.
"I still believe he's six months away from being a real racehorse.
"The horse has gone along nicely since last start.
"He's in the right grade, has won at the track, drawn barrier one and gets in with the same weight (56kg) as last start after Kirk's (Matheson) claim.
"Kirk's got a good future. He's got the right attitude and rides good."