Smash and Grab for Playing God

Neville Parnham tipped midweek winner Smashing will make the grade in open company after her victory against the odds at Ascot on Wednesday.

The Playing God filly was posted three-wide without cover but still found the line with a determined finish to just beat Steve Wolfe’s Playing God filly Alpha And Omega.  The form out of the race should measure up with third-placed Nobel Laurence (Alfred Nobel) motoring home for a debut third in the Olsen’s Wedding Anniversary Maiden (1200m).

“She’s a big, gangly filly and, whether it’s this campaign or next year, I think she will make an open-class horse,” Parnham predicted after the first-up victory.  “There was a snag when she went off her feed but that was more immaturity than anything else.  She’s back on track now and I was confident she would go well today.”

Smashing owns a pedigree that has flourished over three generations for Parnham.  He trained Playing God to 8 wins and $1.67 million in prizemoney and also prepared the winner’s dam Pure Heaven (Snippetson) and second-dam Magic Heaven (Magic Ring) to multiple wins at Ascot.

Pure Heaven’s only other named foal has been the Wolfe-trained G3 WA Sires’ Produce Stakes winner Lordhelpmerun (Playing God).

Smashing is a homebred for Parnham with his wife Carol in partnership close stable client Paul Cooke.  And they have a Playing God yearling full-sister to Smashing and Lordhelpmerun.

Parham is also upbeat about his Playing God Group 1 winner Kay Cee ahead of the G2 Lee-Steere Stakes (1400m) on Saturday week, November 7.  She worked home quietly after being run off her feet when a first-up 11th in the G3 Northerly Stakes on October 17.

“She closed off late and I was happy with the run,” Parnham said.  “She had a bit of a setback earlier this prep and we had to play catch-up.”

Playing God stands for a $13,200 (inc gst) service fee at Darling View Thoroughbreds alongside I’m All The Talk ($6,600), Patronize ($4,400) and Lucky Street ($4,400) . All fees (inc GST).