Jockey Chris Parnham reveals why he chose Miss Conteki over Clairvoyance in Miss Andretti Stakes at Ascot

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Miss Conteki wins the 2022 Summer Scorcher for jockey Chris Parnham.
Camera IconMiss Conteki wins the 2022 Summer Scorcher for jockey Chris Parnham. Credit: Simon Merritt/Western Racepix

Miss Conteki’s explosive Summer Scorcher win and Clairvoyance’s long stint on the sidelines swayed Chris Parnham to ride the former in Saturday’s Miss Andretti Stakes (1100m) at Ascot.

The top jockey struggled with his decision on which of the two quality mares to ride in the $125,000 Listed feature.

But he chose to stay on Miss Conteki following her phenomenal last-start victory, when she stormed home from near last to beat The Front Bar in the Summer Scorcher (1000m).

Parnham has guided Miss Conteki to five wins and ridden Clairvoyance in all of her six career starts.

The latter was touted as WA racing’s next star when she brilliantly won her first four races, but she has been off the scene since her Marjorie Charleson Classic (1200m) win in April last year.

She had surgeries on a knee problem and a displaced small colon.

“It was hard because they’re both very good horses,” Parnham said.

Miss Conteki wins the 2022 Summer Scorcher for jockey Chris Parnham.
Camera IconMiss Conteki wins the 2022 Summer Scorcher for jockey Chris Parnham. Credit: Simon Merritt/Western Racepix

“Clairvoyance being out for a long time is probably a bit of an unknown.

“If Miss Conteki produces the same run as the other day she’ll go close.

“She got a long way back but flew home and was too good.”

Despite Parnham’s decision, Ladbrokes rates Clairvoyance the $2.40 favourite ahead of Miss Conteki at $3.20.

William Pike will ride Clairvoyance, who warmed up for her return with an impressive trial win at Lark Hill on New Year’s Eve.

Miss Conteki’s trainer Simon Miller is chasing a remarkable sixth triumph in the Miss Andretti.

He has won the past two editions with Flirtini (2021) and Valour Road (2020) and also won with Caipirinha (2018), Hussy By Choice (2014) and Power Princess (2012).

Parnham, Australia’s leading jockey last season, identified He’s A Sizzler and Trade War as the best of his other rides on Saturday.

He’s A Sizzler, the $3 second favourite in the Amelia Park Plate (1200m), was an impressive first-up winner and was unlucky last start when third to Bopping Blue.

Trade War is the $3.20 second favourite in the Schweppes Handicap (1500m) after his fast-finishing second to Cheval De Vaga last start.

“He’s A Sizzler and Trade War will both go well,” Parnham said.

“Trade War was a bit unlucky the other day.”

Mojo’s Luck ($7.50), Agent Kensington ($6), Resortman ($4.60) and Phoneme ($11) are Parnham’s other rides.

William Pike was suspended for eight days for careless riding on Melwood Coast in race four at Pinjarra on Thursday. He will start the suspension after the Miss Andretti Stakes meeting.

Spin The Knife has tested positive to three-hydroxylignocaine, a metabolite of lignocaine, after his Belmont Park win on September 4 last year.

Stewards have directed Spin The Knife’s trainer Luke Fernie to attend an inquiry on January 25.

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