Kembla Grange: City start on radar for Dean's Perash

HORSE RACING

Described as a spoilt "mummy's boy" who was above average from day one, Louise Dean will continue grooming Perash for a trip to town after ending a two-year winless drought with the gelding.

Dean works with just a small team out of her Kembla Grange base, but has nurtured the Snippetson three-year-old through the early stages of his career as flag bearer Elkaydee continues on the comeback trail.

Perash broke through at his fifth career start last time out at Kembla and will audition for a midweek start in Sydney in the Class 2 Handicap (1200m) on his home track on Saturday.

"At the moment he's just not mentally ready for town," Dean said. "I didn't really want to back him up this quick, but there really wasn't anything around.

"He pulled up so well after the run here when he won we thought we'd send him around again."

Dean forked out just $25,000 for Perash at the Inglis Classic sales and was determined to take him home within the budget her and husband David had set.

"Right from virtually day one we knew he was going to be above average," she said.

"[David] had him picked out and straight away I said, 'I don't care if we buy another horse that's the one we want'.

"To do anything with he is fine and he's a real nice kind of horse. He's a bit of a mummy's boy. If you call him he'll come to you as he knows his name."

Meanwhile, Kerry Parker will continue his charge for a season-best haul at Kembla with four of his handy team acceptors for the Kembla meeting.

Parker, known for coaxing the best out of seasoned gallopers who have bounced from stable to stable, is going through a rejuvenation of his stock with his youngest team in years.

"I've got two four-year-olds which are rising five and the rest are the babies three and down," he said. "Since December I've only averaged 10 or 12 in work."

But one or two of them have shown ability, perhaps highlighted by promising maiden Anantha.

The filly has narrowly failed to snap her maiden status at her past two starts at Kembla and is likely to line up in the Maiden Handicap (1400m) on her home track in preference to a Hawkesbury start on Sunday.

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