Bridgestone To Head to 2013 Perth Cup After Breaking Drought

Neville Parnham-trained stayer Bridgestone booked a place in the Group 2 2013 Perth Cup when breaking a 29-month drought with victory in the ATA Handicap (2200m) at Ascot on Wednesday.

The Neville Parnham-trained gelding had failed to pass the post in front since the Dayana Plate in July 2010 but showed toughness to score a head victory over Uncle George and Moonlight Bay and return to the winner’s circle.

With Brad Parnham aboard, the six-year-old was held just off the speed before being let go approaching the home turn and did enough to hang on from the fast-finishing Uncle George.

Despite the long winless streak, the son of Pentire’s career record is still solid with six wins and eight minor placings from 26 starts.

With Bridgestone now heading towards the Perth Cup, Neville Parnham appears set to have a three-pronged assault on Western Australia’s biggest staying race with Playing God and God Has Spoken also likely to line up.

Both horses will get a Perth Cup trial this weekend in the Group 2 2012 CB Cox Stakes (2100m) before the main event which will take place on New Year’s Day at Ascot.

Playing God, a Group 1 winner in last year’s Kingston Town Classic, has been in reasonable form this preparation, running fourth in the Group 1 Railway Stakes last month before a solid sixth in in the Kingston Town Classic on December 8.

God Has Spoken has also shown he can make an impact in the Perth staying feature, finishing second to Luckygray in the Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes in early November before running fifth in the Railway Stakes on third in the Kingston Town Classic.

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