Arrivals debut at new home

They look like quite nice races for them to start off in.

Kerry Parker

Our Girl Hollie and Back To Jacko arrived at Kerry Parker’s stables at the right time and the Kembla trainer is hopeful they can hit the ground running at their first start on their new home track on Saturday.

Parker has only recently welcomed the duo into his stable – along with four-year-old gelding Enterprise Mount – after part-owner and Illawarra-based businessman Tory Lavalle opted to bring the trio closer to home.

They had previously been trained in Newcastle by Benjamin Smith, but Parker was more than happy to welcome them to his stable.

HOME TRACK: Trainer Kerry Parker will have two of his stable's new additions making their first start on Saturday afternoon. Picture: Robert Peet

HOME TRACK: Trainer Kerry Parker will have two of his stable's new additions making their first start on Saturday afternoon. Picture: Robert Peet

“We have got a lot of young ones here at the moment so I needed a couple more seasoned racehorses. The timing has worked out really well,” Parker said. 

Back To Jacko will contest the Bears Auto Hospital Class 1 Handicap (1200m) while Our Girl Hollie runs first-up in The Disability Trust Maiden Plate (1000m).

“I expect them to improve from their runs on Saturday,” Parker said.

“Two weeks ago they both had a 800m jump-out which were only soft ones.

“I was going to give them both another jump-out, but these looked like quite nice races for them to start off in.”

Race one jumps at 1.34pm at Kembla, with the Caulfield Guineas and The Everest taking centre stage elsewhere.