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THERE will be understandable extra satisfaction if Newcastle’s internationally renowned trainer Paul Perry can qualify Nosey Parker for the $1m Polytrack Provincial-Midway Championships Final.

Perry and his wife Cassie bred yesterday’s impressive home track winner Nosey Parker, who will now contest the second heat of the 2024 series – a 1400m Qualifier at Broadmeadow on Saturday week.

The first two placegetters automatically qualify for the rich Final on Day 2 of The Championships.

Nosey Parker is a real homebred, being by the now deceased Choisir, whom Perry took to the other side of the world in 2003 to carry off the Royal Ascot sprint double, from a High Chaparral mare (Ellie’s Gem) he also trained.

A 2013 Australian Easter yearling, Ellie’s Gem raced only four times and won a Gosford Maiden Plate (2100m) in February, 2015.

Her first foal, a colt by Perry’s multiple Group 1 winner Fastnet Rock, died after birth, and her second foal Myeyesadoreyou (a sister to Nosey Parker) won two races and was placed on eight occasions.

Nosey Parker is Ellie’s Gem’s third foal, and whilst the first of the mare’s offspring sadly was lost, there is more to hopefully look forward to.

“She has a couple of Fastnet Rock youngsters coming along,” Perry said today.

“One is a so far unraced two-year-old gelding (Cabo San Lucas) and the other a yearling colt.”

As for Nosey Parker, it’s understandable his trainer is keen to give him his chance in Saturday week’s Qualifier.

“He likes the Newcastle track,” Perry said of yesterday’s winner, who has raced seven times on the course proper for four wins and two placings.

The one occasion he missed out was a close fourth (beaten less than a half-length) to Bindi’s Choice in a Benchmark 68 Handicap (1200m) on January 27.

The four-year-old didn’t mess about yesterday. With Andrew Adkins aboard, he showed a brilliant turn of foot to trounce his rivals in the Conditional Benchmark 68 Handicap (1200m) as a $2.80 favorite.

Whilst Perry didn’t train him, he well remembers a previous Nosey Parker, who was trained at Barraba in the New England region of northern New South Wales.

“He used to be stabled not far from us when he came down this way,” he said.

That Nosey Parker also was a “family horse” trained by Fred Wilson, and raced 64 times for 20 wins and 18 placings.

Amongst his many victories was the 1983 Westfield Cup (1200m) at Eagle Farm when favorite, and a week later he ran third to Brenlaine and 1982 Cameron Handicap and dual 1983-84 Newcastle Stakes winner Manuan in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m).

He also ran third in Manuan’s 1983 Stakes (then Newmarket).

Nosey Parker’s victory yesterday completed a good weekend for the Perry stable, following two-year-old filly Totoka’s Canterbury victor on Friday night at only her second start.

Perry liked the daughter of 2019 Group 1 Doncaster Mile winner Brutal, and bought her for $46,000 at last year’s Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association sale held in Sydney.

Whilst Totoka is not currently amongst Golden Slipper entries, Perry will test her against her own sex in one of the fillies’ lead-ups in coming weeks.

Fellow Newcastle trainers Jason Deamer and Nathan Doyle also were winners at their home meeting yesterday.

Duggan scored with the tough six-year-old Jack Duggan ($5.50) in the Provincial Benchmark 64 Handicap (1890m), and Doyle with three-year-old filly Nightcapped ($2.90 favorite) in the Midway Maiden Handicap (1200m).

. Provincial-Midway Championships favorite Tavi Time (Aaron Bullock) and stablemate Kinloch (Andrew Gibbons) galloped between races on the course proper yesterday, hand timed to clock the last 600m in 34.22 seconds, with neither at their top.

Tavi Time is heading to Saturday week’s Newcastle Qualifier, and 2022 Provincial Championships winner Kinloch, unbeaten from two starts this campaign, is en route to the Group 3 Newcastle Stakes (1400m) on March 8.

Story John Curtis, February 18, 2024 - Pics Bradley Photos

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