Playing God on Track for 2010 Kingston Town Classic after Aquanita Stakes Win

Neville Parnham’s in-form three-year-old Playing God is on track for this Saturday’s $500,000 Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) after another impressive victory at Ascot on the weekend coasting to victory in the $80,000 Listed Aquanita Stakes (1800m).

Blackfriars colt Playing God has enjoyed great success this season, winning a 1200m sprint at Belmont before turning to the black type features at Ascot.

Second-up they ran a strong second in the Listed Fairetha Stakes (1400m) before snaring the Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) on November 13.

Then on Saturday, Playing God continued their winning streak with a comprehensive victory in the 2010 Aquanita Stakes.

Ridden by regular jockey Steven Parnham Playing God finally gave the favourite backers something to cheer about after the day’s marquee event, the $750,000 Group 2 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m), was taken out by $41 roughie Hadabeclorka.

On the line it was Playing God ($1.85F) two and a quarter lengths ahead of Hoegaarden ($4.40) with Joesready ($16) a close third just a further quarter of a length away.

A winner of four of their eight career starts for close to $330,000 in prize money, Playing God was purchased for just $27,000 at the 2009 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale and will now run in the 2010 Kingston Town Classic this Saturday, facing off against his full brother God Has Spoken.

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2010 Aquanita Stakes Results & Finishing Order

Place SP Horse Jockey Trainer Margin
1 $1.85 PLAYING GOD STEVEN PARNHAM NEVILLE PARNHAM 1:49.35
2 $4.40 HOEGAARDEN JARRAD NOSKE JOE BYRNE 2 1/4 L
3 $16 JOESREADY PETER HALL HEC MC LAREN 2 3/4 L
4 $14 ORATRICE WILLIAM PIKE LINDSEY SMITH 3 L
5 $8 HOUR OF PERIL DAMIEN OLIVER JOHN P THOMPSON 3 1/4 L
6 $17 VIEW THE STARS BRAD PARNHAM PAUL JORDAN 4 1/4 L
7 $26 SINGLE WARRIOR NICHOLAS HALL TONY NOONAN 4 3/4 L
8 $61 STORMY SCENE JASON WHITING MAXINE PAYNE 5 1/2 L
9 $71 BRAVEET JASON BROWN NEVILLE PARNHAM 5 3/4 L
10 $101 JOPAK DAMIAN LANE WARWICK BRADSHAW 6 3/4 L
11 $31 EVOKED SHAUN O’DONNELL FRED KERSLEY 7 L
12 $31 BLACK DANE JOAO MOREIRA SHARON MILLER 7 1/4 L
13 $81 ZAREPHATH DANIEL STAECK FRED KERSLEY 9 L
14 $101 SHEIKRATTLE’N’ROLL PATRICK CARBERY RON COWL (JNR) 12 L