A year ago it was boom times for Kiwi Cory Parish.
He had just won the $6 million Caulfield Cup on Boom Time. Not bad for a jock who couldn’t buy a decent ride in New Zealand,
But it’s now back to square one.
He has no ride this year and is unlikely to get a late call-up.
Back to battling we go.
Parish possibly let the cup fame go to his head – and his frame.
He admitted that his light weight “ballooned” a bit during winter, with his penchant for pizza and soft drink getting the better of him before he knuckled down to lose it all in recent weeks.
Now “about 52kg”, and with the ability to get even lighter, his routine to beat the scales is near-perfected.
“I’ve worked out that it’s every time I change my diet, because it happened last year, too, so I’ve just got to do it longer and slower.”
Thanks to the cup payday, Parish is confident he will soon build a comfortable home for himself and his family..
“It was always a dream when I was an apprentice to ride in a Melbourne Cup,” Parish said. “And I managed to do that on Boom Time.
“If I retired tomorrow, it wouldn’t be with any regret of what I’ve accomplished.”