JOHNATHAN PARKES has taken five rides as he relaunches his career at Waverley Thursday.
Parkes hasn’t ridden for three months while he dealt with a few personal issues, including the death of his mother.
Manager Bevan Sweeney said Parkes needed to improve his fitness but expected him to be back in good nick “in no time at all”.
Parkes was in action at the Otaki trials today.
3yo Springsteen (Benner) took the eye. He was being prepared for the Karaka Million as a 2yo but wasn’t mature enough..
He won his heat easily.
At the Avonale trials, 1000 Guineas winner Media Sensation ran off some rust. He was third. Trainer Peter Williams had four winners on the day.