New Name But Still A Winner

A change of name did nothing to stop Pins On Parade scoring a determined win in the Taralye Foundation Patrons Cup at Caulfield this afternoon.

When he first raced at the VRC meeting at Bendigo six weeks ago, the Danny O'Brien trained Pins gelding was named Anzac Parade, but an objection from the Returned Services League caused the name to be changed.

"We had an official complaint from the RSL because its a Commonwealth legislative name so we had to scrap it and change the horse's name", said O'Brien's foreman Gerard Tesoriero.

"I thought it was quite strange, especially for a horse's name, but the horse is still the same and he's going well."

In today's race, Pins On Parade camped on the heels of race favourite Allervite and beat him off early in the straight, before withstanding a challenge from Tis Folly over the concluding stages.

Pins On Parade ($4.00-$4.20) won by half a length from Tis Folly ($12-$13-$12) with three quarters of a length to Dane The Rave ($41). 

"He's a horse on the up", observed Tesoriero, who explained why it had been six weeks since Pins On Parade last raced.

"We just kept him in the stables, kept him ticking over, gave him a little bit of a freshen up and he's come along nicely."

"We didn't really want to turn him out for a spell because the horse is in great shape and the races around that time weren't really suited to him."

Pins On Parade is by Pins from the O'Reilly mare Burwood Road, a sister to the smart Bart Cummings galloper Swick.

He was sold for $200,000 at last year's Inglis Easter Sale to the bid of Ric Wylie Bloodstock, but races in the joint ownership of Alan Osberg and Nick Moraitis who enjoyed enormous success with Exceed And Excel.

Pins On Parade is a brother to the stakes placed filly Dower, second top filly on The 2004-05 NZ 2YO Free Handicap. The family is full of black type performers including Cologne, Sound Gold, Star Attack, Heritiere, Redcliffe and Money Thinks.

Winning jockey Steven Arnold obviously has a high opinion of Pins On Parade, as he stayed in Melbourne for the ride rather than heading to the Darwin Cup carnival this weekend.

"He's a good strong going horse and I'm sure he'll get 7 furlongs", said Arnold when asked his mount's potential.

Plans for Pins On Parade include longer races in the near future. 

"The horse is going well and he's got room for improvement", said Tesoriero.

"We'll probably find a nice 1400m race in two or three weeks time."

by Bill Saunders -

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