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Neville Parnham’s star Blackfriars colt Playing God maintained his impeccable form this preparation scoring his third successive stakes win at Ascot on Saturday with a dominant victory in the $500,000 Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m).
Three-year-old Playing God was backing up from his wins in the Group 2 WA Guineas (1800m) and Listed Aquanita Stakes (1800m) in the 2010 Kingston Town Classic, and in a win for the favourite backers he stepped up to the challenge of a Group 1 showdown in fine style.
Going out as the clear $3.10 favourite, Playing God was ridden to perfection by Parnham’s son and ran home to defeat a fast finishing Impressive Jeuney ($12) by half a length with Sydney raider Trusting ($6) improving greatly from their last start sixth in the Railway Stakes to claim third place a further three quarters of a length back.
It was a big run from Darren McAuliffe’s mare Impressive Jeuney who lead up until the final strides when Playing God chased her down and the two fought it out in a gripping battle down the straight before Playing God pulled away for the win.
Beaten Railway Stakes favourite Colour Correct ($10) was not disgraced finishing fourth, just ahead of Ranger ($16) coming from last into fifth place.
Last year’s runner-up and older full brother to winner Playing God, God Has Spoken failed to impress coming in eighth while Famous Roman was the other disappointment on the day, the $5.50 second elect beating home just two other runners.
The victory was a milestone for champion local trainer Neville Parnham, his first Group 1 victory from a glittering career.
Playing God, purchased for $27,000 at last year’s Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale, has now won five of his nine career starts for an impressive $636,200 in prize money and will be sent to the paddock for a well deserved spell before any firm plans for the future were made.
Impressive Jeuney’s brave performance has connections looking towards the Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m) on New Year’s Day.
With the Festival of Perth Racing and the Group 1 features over for another season, there are still plenty of top class summer races to enjoy a punt on.
The next Group race showdown at Ascot is the Group 3 AJ Scahill Stakes (1400m) this Saturday December 11, so get ready for the action by signing up with Australia’s best online bookie Luxbet today!
2010 Kingston Town Classic Results & Finishing Order
|1||PLAYING GOD||Steven Parhnam||Neville Parnham||1:48.98||$3.10F|
|2||IMPRESSIVE JEUNEY||Shaun O’Donnell||Darren McAuliffe||1/2 L||$12|
|3||TRUSTING||James Winks||John P Thompson||1 1/4 L||$6|
|4||COLOUR CORRECT||Paul Harvey||Ross & Clint Price||1 1/2 L||$10|
|5||RANGER||William Pike||Grant Williams||2 1/2 L||$16|
|6||TRIPLE HONOUR (NZ)||Damien Oliver||Chris Waller||3 L||$21|
|7||MA CHIENNE||Peter Hall||Adam Durrant||3 L||$20|
|8||GOD HAS SPOKEN||Brad Parnham||Neville Parnham||3 1/4 L||$14|
|9||BLACK PIRANHA||Daniel Ganderton||Con Karakatsanis||3 1/2 L||$16|
|10||TRANQUILITY||Alan Kennedy||Grant Williams||3 1/2 L||$21|
|11||FAMOUS ROMAN||Jason Brown||Jim Taylor||4 3/4 L||$5.50|
|12||GRAND NIRVANA||Daniel Staeck||Fred Kersley||5 3/4 L||$16|
|13||GONDORFF (NZ)||Troy Turner||Mike Powell||20 L||$51|
|SCR||LUEN YAT FOREVER||–||Pou Choi||–||–|
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