Parnham has share of divine moments
Neville Parnham. Picture: Getty Images.

Record-breaking Perth trainer Neville Parnham, a nominee for induction to The West Australian Racing Industry Hall of Fame 2012, has high hopes for a big season.

"We've just completed additional stabling, which accommodates almost 30 horses, across the road from the Ascot course stalls area," Parnham said.

"There's no slackening our pace."

Parnham, 53, has won 13 city premierships, five ahead of previous Perth record holder Lou Luciani.

He is among 35 nominees from the thoroughbred, harness and greyhound codes under consideration for induction to the Hall of Fame at a gala ceremony in the Perth Convention Centre on Railway Stakes night, November 24.

Judging panels, selected by Racing and Wagering WA, will choose 12 inductees. A total of 31 inductees were elected to the Hall of Fame in 2007 and 2010.

Parnham, from a strong racing family, was a jockey before his switch to training in 1983.

He has trained winners of about 1500 races, including two Group 1 Kingston Town Classics with Playing God, a Perth Cup (Lunar Tudor), two WA Guineas (Royal Retrieve and Playing God), the Karrakatta Plate (Brava Fortune), a WA Oaks and Champion Fillies Stakes (both Superior Star), two Prince Of Wales' Stakes (both Secret Remedy), two WA Sires' Produce Stakes (Brava Fortune and God Has Spoken), a Strickland Stakes (God Has Spoken) and a Belmont Sprint (Blonde Jev).

Neville and his wife Carolyn's jockey sons Steven and Brad ride most of their stable's winners.

"Our youngest son Christopher begins race riding this season," Neville said.

"With three family stable riders, there'll be even more incentive to ensure we have plenty of winning prospects in work."

·WA racing pioneer George Towton, also in line for induction, is the only person to have owned, trained and ridden a Perth Cup winner.

Towton, born in 1853, achieved the feat with Wandering Willie (1892).

Winners of six Perth Cups and four WA Derbies were trained by Towton from 1888-1899.

He died in 1906.

The West Australian

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