Malibu Style (Image: Racing Photos)
He's not the best horse that Neville Parnham has trained but the renowned Perth horseman will proudly tip his hat to Malibu Style if the hardy sprinter can run in the first four at Flemington on Saturday.
If Malibu Style can finish no further back than fourth, where he would earn $5050, he will take his career earnings to beyond $1 million - not a bad result for a horse Parnham picked out at the Classic Yearling Sale in Melbourne and purchased for $40,000 in 2013.
Since then Malibu Style, who is still part-owned by Parnham, has raced 65 times for 11 wins and 21 placings and stakes of $996,925.
"He's been very good to us and hopefully he'll crack that million dollars on the weekend as he deserves to," Parnham said on Wednesday.
"These sort of genuine, honest horses are hard to come by and he's done it over a number of seasons now."
A multiple Flemington winner, Malibu Style is one of 14 horses to line up for Saturday's Listed Straight Six (1200m).
"He's eight years of age but he's doing everything he needs to do to go on," Parnham said.
"His form has been OK this time in, but I think he's about there. He's taken a few runs to come right and his last two runs have been much better and I think he's not far off a win.
"He had a long spell and had 21 weeks between races and that's the longest break he's had in five years, so he's taken a bit longer to come up.
"His first few runs were fair, but he's produced a couple of good runs at his past two so he's going along good."
Parnham also reported his three-year-old filly Kay Cee was progressing well after a Belmont trial win earlier this month, with the Group 1 Kingston Town Stakes winner having a couple of local aims before a decision is made on her spring campaign.
"Kay Cee trialed really well the other day," Parnham said. "The Belmont Guineas is the race we've set her for and then we'll see where she is in the spring.
"She's got the Kingston Town again but there are races in the eastern states - that rich race for four-year-olds (Golden Eagle) and there are a few races in Melbourne we will look at so nothing's set in stone."