Playing God sired his third 2yo winner of the season when Sky Duke freewheeled in the Free Entry To Belmont Park Maiden (1200m) last Wednesday.
Such was his domination on debut, Sky Duke can go the same way as Playing God’s earlier juvenile winners Swear To God and Baby Paris who are spelling ahead of spring and summer targets next season.
“He’s got a future,” trainer Neville Parnham said. “He hasn’t put a foot wrong and had improved off a good gallop last Saturday morning. We expected a forward showing today and that was quite an impressive win.”
Sky Duke (2g Playing God – Peggie’s Princess by Oratorio) was a $90,000 buy from Willaview Park at the 2021 Perth Magic Millions. “I liked him on type and he’s from a good family,” Parnham continued. “He’s not overly big but neither are many in the family that goes back to the champion mare Miss Andretti.”
The Playing God – Oratorio cross has a 78% winners-to-runners strike-rate headed by G2 Karrakatta Plate winner Ex Sport Man and Parnham’s $775,000 earner Platoon.
Sky Duke is raced in a partnership that includes Parnham’s wife Carol, Mike Fagan and Bob Pearson. They’re also in the stable’s recent G3 WA Sires’ Produce Stakes winner Snowdome (Rommel).
Winning jockey Brad Parnham hustled Sky Duke out of the gates to take full advantage of the rails draw first-up. “I was confident coming in even though there were a few smart ones engaged. I expected to take a sit but he found the front and did it quite easily. On that win, he can definitely take the next step.”
Playing God (Blackfriars) is based at Darling View Thoroughbreds alongside newcomer Splintex (Snitzel) and Patronize (Redoute’s Choice). In response to an outstanding start at stud, he is available for $27,500 (inc GST) this year which is the highest service fee in the west since Oratorio stood for a similar amount in 2012.