PLAYING GOD AIMING FOR THIRD KINGSTON TOWN
BROTHER GOD HAS SPOKEN ALSO IN LINE UP
His son has chosen to ride another runner but Playing God's (Blackfriars) trainer Neville Parnham is still keen on the horse's chances of an historic third win in today’s Kingston Town Stakes (Gr 1, 1800m) at Ascot.
Parnham has the brothers Playing God and God Has Spoken in the Group One weight-for-age feature and believes both are capable of making their presence felt in a race they will be competing in for a fourth time.
Steven Parnham is the regular rider of Playing God but will be aboard three-year-old WA Guineas (Gr 2, 1600m) winner Ihtsahymn (Ihtiram) for trainer Fred Kersley.
Playing God won the Kingston Town Stakes in 2010 and 2011 and was sixth last year, while his elder brother God Has Spoken was runner-up as a three-year-old in 2009, eighth in 2010 and third last year.
LORD OF THE SKY RESUMES AT CAULFIELD
Trainer Robbie Laing was initially proud of his ability to find a 1000 metre Benchmark 78 for three-year-olds as a first-up option for his smart young sprinter Lord Of The Sky (Danerich).
Lord Of The Sky is one of Victoria’s most promising sprinters and, being a colt, the Cranbourne trainer and part-owner of Lord of the Sky is eager to see him develop a winning streak.
Today’s National Patient Transport Plate (1000m) looked the perfect first-up option but then he saw the field.
The Mark Kavanagh-trained West Africa (Henrythenavigator) initially headed a list of rivals that includes Peter Moody-trained pair Brotherly Secret (Barely A Moment) and Colors of the Wind (Hussonet), who have won their only start, and Tankster (Kaphero), who won his first two starts before a game third last week.
EXCEED AND EXCEL COLT TOPS INGLIS SYDNEY SUMMER SALE
Karl Brown Bloodstock went to $76,000 to secure the top lot at the Inglis Summer Thoroughbred Sale yesterday.
Lot 29 was consigned by Reavill Farm Management and is out of the More Than Ready mare Readyforcatherine, a six-tie winner who was placed in the Thoroughbred Club Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) in 2005. The unnamed colt is a half-brother to the NZ 2000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Atlante (Fastnet Rock).
Bail Up (Bel Esprit), a winner of one of her eight career races, fetched the second highest price, being purchased by agent William Inglis for $51,000. The mare, Lot 26, is out of Pay My Bail (Justice Prevails), a winner of the Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) and dam of the Listed winner White Sage (Reset).