God Has Spoken ready for Railway

God Has Spoken punched his ticket for the G1 Railway Stakes at Ascot with a powerful victory in the G3 R J Peters Stakes on Saturday.

God Has Spoken (4h Blackfriars – Dolly Will Do by Rubiton) completed a red-letter day for trainer Neville Parnham and Durham Lodge when he defeated Ranger and Impressive Jeuney in the traditional lead-up to Perth’s premier mile.

Parnham prepared four winners on the card starting with Timberlands (Timber Trader) and Dempsey (Flying Spur) before the Blackfriars brothers God Has Spoken (G3 R J Peters Stakes) and Playing God (G2 WA Guineas) completing a feature double.

The Ascot trainer is confident God Has Spoken will be hard beat in the Railway with his son Steven aboard.  “It’s onward and upwards with him now,” Parnham said after the Peters Stakes.  “He’s a fit horse and will be right in the mix.”

Local miler Colour Correct is the opening $5 favourite for the Railway ahead of Eastern States raiders Sniper’s Bullet ($6), Trusting ($7) and Triple Honour ($7.50).  God Has Spoken is on the next line at $8.

Parnham said many of Perth’s other feature summer carnival races would be on the agenda for God Has Spoken.  “His target this time has been the Railway but he was runner-up in the Kingston Town Classic last year and that’s an option as is the C B Cox Stakes.”

God Has Spoken looked a quality colt from the time he won the G3 WA Sires Produce Stakes in April 2009.  He returned at three to add the Listed Aquanita Stakes and then split seasoned campaigners Sniper’s Bullet and Scenic Shot in the G1 Kingston Town Classic at Ascot.

Connections mapped out a WATC Derby campaign for the colt and he looked right on-course when beaten a half-length by Bridgestone in the Listed J C Roberts Stakes (1800m) in March.

God Has Spoken and fellow Perth stayers Bridgestone and Brother Mak were all set to fight out the finish of the classic until Lindsay Park raider Chartreux arrived to land the classic at the expense of the locals.

God Has Spoken was a $41,000 buy for Colin Loxton’s Cockatoo Ridge Syndicate from Durham Lodge at the 2008 Perth Magic Millions.  

His sire Blackfriars is a son of Danehill and was a G1 winner of the 1999 Victoria Derby for David Hayes and the Sangster family.  He stands at Durham Lodge and has 22 lots catalogued for the 2011 Perth Magic Millions in February.

Playing God completed a feature race double for Parnham, Blackfriars and the Cockatoo Ridge Syndicate when he demoralised his rivals in the G2 WA Guineas.  

Like his older brother, Playing God is from the Rubiton mare Dolly Will Do and was a $27,000 buy at the 2009 Perth Magic Millions.  For a combined cost of $68,000 at the Magic Millions, the duo have earned connections $865,050.

“I’m not sure whether Playing God will be as good as God Has Spoken, but he’s probably got a better turn of foot,” Parnham said.  “At this stage I’m hoping to run him in the Kingston Town because three-year-olds get in reasonably well.”