There isn’t a lot trainer Ken Parsons doesn’t know about Heza Thief – the only thoroughbred he has racing who is also one of his all time favourites.
Heza Thief will start in the feature race at Wagga on Sunday – the Winter Sprint over 1000 metres – against a strong line-up that includes Miss Liffey, Wanna Get A What, Nicof, Greipel, Kabrocco and Rhomlo.
The six-year-old won at Wagga three starts ago and will back-up after finishing third at Dubbo nine days ago.
Parsons purchased Heza Thief for $3000 and has earned $126,000 with bonuses, but that’s not the only reasons his trainer has a soft spot for him.
“I bought him as a yearling and he has been great for me,” Parsons said.
“I use to have to space his runs because he wasn’t a good eater and had a few joint problems, but as he has become older he has become better.
“This would be the quickest I have backed him up after a run. He pulled up terrific after Dubbo and he does like the wet so Wagga is a good option for him.
“He has drawn off the track a bit which makes it tricky as he normally likes to be on the pace so he will have to try and slot in somewhere.”
Heza Thief is the only horse Parsons has raced this year although he has a few young horses in training.
He also rides Heza Thief in all of his trackwork at Cowra.
“He is a hard horse to place because he gets a lot of weight in the country and isn’t good enough for the city,” he said.
Miss Liffey has drawn the extreme outside barrier adjacent to Heza Thief at her first start back for a few months.
Trainer Trevor McIlrick said he has Miss Liffey spot on although her task has been made harder with the wide gate.
“I knew she would get that weight, but now with the wide gate it makes it a bit tougher,” he said.
Speedster Wanna Getta A What is first-up since January and is a noted fresh horse who may lead from barrier two.
“It’s a tough race, but he has to be a strong chance how he is going,” trainer Gratz Vella said.
Fine weather in the past few days is expected to improve the track from its present rating of a soft 6.