Parwan Prince (right) beating Miss Noway at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos)
Jade Darose's history-making day at Flemington on Saturday didn't start off so well.
As a holder of a dual licence to both train and ride her only horse, Parwan Prince, Darose made the morning trip up from Cranbourne to racing's Headquarters, with horse in toe, only to get lost on entering the course.
"I had to ring Nikita (Beriman) because I hadn't been (to Flemington) for so long and I thought 'Where do I get the horse and the float in'?.
"I don't know where I ended up, but I'm here now."
A few hours later, Darose's name had been etched into history as the first dual licence-holder to score at Flemington after she partnered Parwan Prince to a somewhat surprising win in the All Victorian Sprint Series Handicap.
"How good was that, and I didn't even mean to," Darose said when asked of her reaction to making history.
"I couldn't believe it. To be here with that horse because he's just been a jet.
"That horse, he needs to be fast, because he's so naughty. So naughty."
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The victory was Darose's first in Melbourne for 11 years and she also broke a long sequence of outs with her surprise victory. She had not ridden a winner in her past 55 rides, although 35 of those raced at odds of $31 or more.
Parwan Prince, who has now won in excess of $200,000 in stakes, started at $12 and after leading up early over the 1000-metre straight course, held a short-head advantage on the line over Miss Norway ($3.80), with half a length to Gibbon ($19) in third place.
Darose admitted to lacking some confidence when she finally found the Flemington tie-up stalls for Parwan Prince.
"I thought he might have been a run short," she explained. "I planned on trialling him on Monday but they kept putting off the trials or they went to the synthetic and he's not a particularly sound horse.
"There wasn't a lot of races around. I thought he might have been a run underdone but he proved me wrong."
Darose was one of the dual licence trailblazers.
"As soon as the licences came out, there were three of us," she explained. "Michelle Payne, Rhonda Mangan and myself. He (Parwan Prince) was my first runner, it was about three years ago."
Parwan Prince was a cast-off after showing a deal of ability as a young horse. But after he lost his way, Darose's husband - Brendan Fenech, who was also a jockey - picked him up for just $7000.
In 17 runs for Darose, Parwan Prince has now won six and been placed six times.
"He's just been unbelievable," she said. "He's won a race every preparation and his rating is so high now that he has to come to town. So this is where we are."
But the success with Parwan Prince won't spur Darose to add to her yard.
"One's enough," she said. "I've got a four-year-old son (Riley) and my husband and just trying to juggle riding work. One's enough for me now."