Parnham retires Playing God

Group 1 winning West Australian galloper Playing God has suffered a tendon injury and been retired.

The six-year-old entire was to embark on a swansong campaign in the east, starting in Saturday’s C F Orr Stakes at Caulfield but was scratched from the 1400m event because of injury.

“I was looking forward to Saturday,” trainer Neville Parnham said on Thursday.  “He worked extremely well at Mornington on Tuesday morning but yesterday evening I wasn’t super happy and this morning we scanned his leg and confirmed he’s got a lesion there in the tendon.

“It’s one of these things that happen in the race game.  We don’t like it, but it happens.  He’s been a wonderful performer for the stable.”

Playing God (6h Blackfriars – Dolly Will Do by Rubiton) won 8 of his 42 starts topped by Group 1 Kingston Town Stakes triumphs at Ascot in 2010 and 2011.  He earned $1.67 million for Colin Loxton’s Cockatoo Ridge Syndicate and is expected to stand at stud in Western Australia.