Colour Parade's best yet to come

HORSE RACING

His record in a brief career is nothing to get excited about, but Garry White only needs a couple of minutes to let you know he has an opinion of maiden Colour Parade.

The Hawkesbury-based four-year-old hasn't finished any closer than four lengths from the winner in three starts, but his pedigree suggests better things are in store.

Colour Parade is a half-brother to former star jumper Toulouse Lautrec, which won a Queensland Derby for John Hawkes before being sent to take on the hurdles in Victoria.

White, who manages Hobartville Stud, shared in the interests of the horse, which banked almost $1 million in prize money in a career including an Australian Steeplechase win in 2008.

And it is part of the reason White is confident Colour Parade will come into his own when stretched out to 1500 metres in the Maiden Plate at Kembla Grange today.

"I expect him to race really well [today]," White said.

"His first-up run since he was gelded he got flattened at the start and then he got into all sorts of trouble down the straight.

"He only got beat four-and-a-half lengths and the roomier track at Kembla and a little bit further [will suit].

"Bart's horse [Pendigo] is likely to be favourite and my horse only finished a couple of lengths from him and got into all sorts of trouble.

"If he gets the right sort of run, he'll be competitive.

"His best is yet to come and he should end up being a good 10-furlong horse."

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