Prominent Perth trainer Neville Parnham is undecide if his Group 1 winning filly Kay Cee will travel to the Eastern States to contest the 2020m Melbourne Autumn Carnival.

Mystic Journey, above, was the winner of the 2019 All-Star Mile at Flemington. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Mystic Journey, above, was the winner of the 2019 All-Star Mile at Flemington. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

The lightly raced Kay Cee quickly worked her way up through the grades to score a memorable win at only her eighth race start in last Saturday’s Group 1 $1m Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot in Perth.

Kay Cee only faced the starter for the first time in early August when fourth in a 1200m 3yo Handicap at Belmont before winning her next two starts.

The Playing God filly stepped up to Listed company two starts later to win the Listed $100,000 Burgess Queen Stakes (1400m) at Ascot on Melbourne Cup Day and went into the Kingston Town Classic on the back of a second in the Group 2 $500,000 WA Guineas (1600m) at Ascot on November 23.

Parnham is keen to give Kay Cee a good spell and is uncertain if she will be ready for tough Melbourne Autumn Carnival campaign.

“The owners are patient and I had to convince them to take on the Guineas and this race,” Parnham told the Herald Sun.

“This was her first campaign and she’ll need a spell.”

Kay Cee only had to carry 50kg under the weight for scale in the Kingston Town Classic and jockey Steven Parnham never had to go around a horse after drawing the rails gate.

Parnham settled Kay Cee in 4th and 5th position just behind the pace which was dictated by Johnny Allen on Gailo Chop.

The Matthew Williams trained Gailo Chop ($41) showed all of his fighting qualities but was unable to hold out the lightly weighted Kay Cee ($11) in the run to the line.

The James Cummings trained Best Of Days ($5.50) ran his usual honest race to claim third place while the $3.40 favourite Tuscan Queen tried hard before finishing in seventh place.

The Group 1 $1m Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on February 29 and the $5m All-Star Mile (1600m) at Flemington on March 14 could be likely targets for Kay Cee if Parnham did decide to go to Melbourne for the Autumn Carnival.

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.