PARKES ON VERGE OF PERSONAL MILESTONE

PARKES ON VERGE OF PERSONAL MILESTONE

Jockey Johnathan Parkes is just one winner away from equalling his career-best total for a season of 118 winners and is five behind premiership leader Lisa Allpress but the Central Districts jockey is not focusing on milestones or titles.

“I’m really happy with how my season has gone but I’m not chasing the premiership or anything like that,” he said.

“I’m not a natural lightweight so over the last couple of winters I’ve actually ridden a little heavier in the winter so I can look after myself.

“I generally ride at around 54.5 kilograms in the summer but in the winter now I’m walking around 56 kilograms. It is really tough to be wasting and the like in the winter so it’s better for me to ride at a weight I’m comfortable with.”

Parkes rode 118 winners in 2013-14 and has chalked up 117 winners so far this season, including a treble at Hastings on Saturday.

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