Parish takes on Catchy ride

05 March 2018 01:56:42 EST

Jockey Cory Parish has landed the ride of Catchy in the $1.25million Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday.

Trainers David Hayes, Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig have opted for Parish after he got the job done in the 2017 Caulfield Cup with Boom Time and then guided Enbihaar to second place in the Blue Diamond Stakes last Saturday week.

"It also helped that Enbihaar in the Blue Diamond was a good run for me as well. He ran a nice second so that just keeps me building up and able to show that I can do it when it counts," Parish said.

"You want those rides all the time, but you have just got to wait for your turn and keep improving and hopefully get the call-up."

Parish will replace Craig Williams, who is likely to ride Brave Smash in the Newmarket, aboard the three-year-old filly, who finished less than two lengths from Russian Revolution in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate first-up.

Catchy drops to 50kg in the Newmarket Handicap, a weight which Parish believes gives her a chance of beating the older horses on Saturday.

"I thought it wasn't a bad run. I thought it was a good fresh run," Parish said. "She probably got a little bit further back than she has in the past, but I think that will just top her off nicely.

"I think she's ready for a race like the Newmarket. She has a nice light weight. It's tough to beat the boys but that's why she has got the light weight I suppose."

Catchy is 9/1 to win the Newmarket Handicap, with Brave Smash 9/1 and Redkirk Warrior 6/1.

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