Cory Parish would be excused for wishing no other jockey ever had the chance to sit aboard Boom Time.
The gelding elevated the Seymour jockey’s profile to a level he never thought possible with his blowout win in last year’s Caulfield Cup, but Parish has played little part in his autumn campaign.
Boom Time returned to the winner’s stall at Flemington on Saturday, with Lachlan King in the saddle, which followed a second at the same track with Fred Kersley aboard two weeks earlier.
Parish would have loved to have continued his association with Boom Time, but understood the Lindsay Park training team’s eagerness to use claiming apprentices.
His willingness to pass on advice on how to ride Boom Time showed his commitment to the team.
‘‘I spoke to Lachie a couple of days before the race and I said if the tempo’s hot he should go really well,’’ Parish said.
‘‘I said just try not to yank him back, keep him in a rhythm and make sure you have your whip in the left hand. He did everything right and got the best out of the horse. It was good to see, definitely.’’
Parish watched Saturday’s race from Morphettville in Adelaide, where he rode Lemon Splice into fifth spot in the Group 3 SA Fillies Classic and Seaburge into sixth place in the Group 3 Lee Stakes.
The following day he provided co-trainers David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig with a winner, partnering All Out Of Love to victory in the final race of the day at Bendigo.
It was Parish’s first winner in two months and helped lift spirits after a frustrating autumn, which included a fall at Flemington on May 5.
‘‘I’ve had a little bit of ups and down over the last month, coming off at Flemington and what not, and I’ve been carrying a couple of injuries for a while,’’ he said.
‘‘I’ve been close with a few seconds, so it was good to get one up.’’
● Linc Sullivan also made a triumphant trip to Bendigo, the Nagambie trainer producing Domesday Warrior to win a 1300m benchmark 64.
The eight-year-old justified some good late support in the betting to land the first win of a five-month campaign and fifth career success from 32 starts.
It capped a memorable weekend for the Nagambie Football Club coach, who also produced Tivoli Lass to register her maiden win at start number four at Wodonga on Saturday.
— Brad Bishop