Ascot trainer Neville Parnham strengthened his hand for the G2 Perth Cup when comeback stayer Bridgestone won the ATA Handicap (2200m) at Ascot on Wednesday.
Bridgestone (6g Pentire – Golden Dawn by Gold Brose) claimed the leader Moonlight Bay and then held off quick closers Uncle George and Global Flirt in a close finish. It was his first win since the Dayana Plate at Belmont in July 2010.
“That’s a very satisfying result,” Parnham said. “He injured both suspensory ligaments and that sidelined him for 12 months twice. We’ve been patient and I was happy with his run in the Towton Cup last time.
“I took him down to the beach yesterday and he felt ready. I’m sure he will give a good account in the Perth Cup.”
Bridgestone (NZ) earned his first black-type when G3 placed behind God Has Spoken and Wolfe Dreams in the 2009 WA Sires’ Produce Stakes. Returning as a spring three year-old, he travelled east and was fourth home behind Shamoline Warrior, Onemorenomore and Gathering in the G3 Norman Robinson Stakes at Caulfield before a stone bruise curtailed that campaign.
Bridgestone is part-owned by Parnham with Bob Pearson, Mike Fagan and Wayne Walker. He is a son of Rich Hill Stud sire Pentire and was a $200,000 purchase at the 2008 New Zealand Karaka Sale.
Perth’s premier trainer also has the Blackfriars brothers God Has Spoken and Playing God heading toward the Perth Cup on New Year’s Day.
– Karl Patterson
Comeback galloper heading for G2 Perth Cup