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It may have taken Chris Parnham 57 rides to score his first victory, but no one can deny the young apprentice has a bright future ahead.

Parnham, the latest addition to the WA racing industry from a decorated family, broke his duck with a deserved win on Fabulistic at Bunbury on Sunday.

The 15-year-old didn't panic despite being trapped three-wide on Fabulistic, who prevailed in a thrilling finish to win by a short half-head.

It ended a frustrating run for Parnham, who had 11 placings, including three at Ascot, before his breakthrough win.

He celebrated his maiden victory with his father Neville, the trainer of Fabulistic.

He added a second win to his record when he guided Clumsy to victory at Narrogin on Wednesday.

"It was good to get my first win and probably better that it was for dad," Chris Parnham said.

"I was about six when I got on a horse for the first time and ever since I can remember I've wanted to be a jockey."

Neville Parnham and grand- father Eric were both jockeys and trainers.

Neville has won a record 13 metropolitan trainers' premierships and two Group 1s.

Chris grew up watching his older brothers, Steven and Brad, rise through the WA jockey ranks.

Steven is a dual Group 1 winner having won two Kingston Town Classics on Playing God for his father. Brad won the Perth Cup in 2011 on Guest Wing.

Neville was a proud father after his son's first win.

"It was an exciting day for us all," he said.

"He's been fortunate to have had a lot of support from country trainers.

"I can see a couple of things he does that Steven and Brad do. He's a bit of a mix of both of them.

"Hopefully he can continue on with it and have a successful career."

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