Flashy Gelding Starts To Repay Faith

Flashy-looking youngster Heza Bargain, who treated his rivals with contempt in a 1100m Two-Year-Old Maiden on at Ararat last Monday, is starting to pay back the faith shown in him by owner Barry Parker.

After being purchased by trainer Darren Weir for $8000 as a weanling, Parker recalls he had no ‘mate’ for the young colt, so he shared a paddock for over a year with a Brahman bull. This caused Parker plenty of ridicule with his mates saying the bull was quicker than the horse. During one of the worst storm seen in years, when his friends were all down the pub enjoying themselves, Parker stood all night holding onto the now two-year-old, which he nicknames "The Champ,'' so he didn’t go through a fence. He races him with his older brother Noel and his son Troy, nephew and neice Jason and Lisa Langdon, Paddy Bourk, Dave Porter, Michael Williamson, Mark Montano and Robbie Hay.

Parker, who retired three years ago after 30 years as a supervisor at a local dairy factory, has been racing horses for just over 40 years. His first winner Fold, which he leased from Sir Chester Manifold, won 10 races and is the grand-dam of the dual Cox Plate winner Fields Of Omagh. Nothing has been set in concrete but he could stay at home for the $30,000 Swan Hill Classic over 1300m on Friday or go to Adelaide for a $40,000 Two-Year-Old over 1200m at Morphettville the following day.

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