Sonic Girl, who chases her third win from her past four starts at Bathurst on today, is a major part of the reason why trainer Danny Parsons is still involved in the racing industry.
Born into racing, Parsons has found a mare that has renewed his enthusiasm and ensured he remains in the thoroughbred game that has been his life.
Sonic Girl has recorded wins at Dubbo and Bathurst and has also finished third twice in four starts this preparation.
“I wasn’t going to renew my licence and she has helped me keep into it,” Parsons said.
The 28-year-old has been solely training in recent times out of Cowra after giving away breaking-in yearlings which was his major source of income.
“I did 75 breakers last year and it’s a lot of time to put into the horses. I then just started training and have eight in work of which Sonic Girl has been going the best,” he said.
“She is a real little trier. She was in and out of work a few times and I think that has paid off because she has really come on in her training and racing.
“Even in her track work she puts in and just keeps improving.”
Sonic Girl steps up in grade for the Schweppes Benchmark 60 (1200m) where she again takes on Queenian from the in-form Matthew Smith stable.
Queenian failed by three quarters of a length behind Sonic Girl last start and Parsons rates her and Another Slipper as the main dangers.
“They look the main two hopes. It’s a step up in grade for her but it’s a race where nothing stands out and she is a chance on how she has been going,” he added.
Sonic Girl is raced by Craig Hardy and Alison O’Hara from Young and will be ridden by two kilogram claiming apprentice jockey Chris Williams from the inside gate.
Williams will have ride Sonic Girl for the first time replacing the suspended Jean Van Overmeire.
“Chris has ridden her in a trial and will take another two kilograms off her back from a perfect draw,” Parsons added.