Mogumber Park graduate Fremond has returned to form with a hard-fought victory in the Linley Valley Pork Hcp (1400m) at Ascot.
Saturday’s result was his first since a winning debut at Belmont in October 2014. The Neville Parnham trained gelding sat three wide throughout and travelled strongly to the line ahead of stablemates Light Up The Sky and Victorious Lad.
“He crashed against the rail second-up at Ascot and lost a lot of confidence,” Parnham recalled. “We bought him back for the Karrakatta but he just wasn’t right. Then we had him gelded and he took a long while to get over that.”
Fremond (3g Not A Single Doubt – Fiddly by Red Ransom) had been unplaced in all three starts this season before the breakthrough but he was only beaten four lengths in the G2 WA Guineas. “He dropped back in the field last time and the track favoured horses going forward,” Parnham explained. “He was much closer today and that helped him find the line.”
Parnham bought Fremond for $55,000 from the Mogumber Park draft at the Perth Magic Millions on behalf of Bob and Todd Pearson. His dam Fiddly is a half-sister to Group 2 winners Piper Star (Carlyon Cup) and Melora (Hollindale Cup).