South-west breeder Shaun Maiden has turned down a sizeable offer for Son Of A God from Hong Kong.
Son Of A God attracted international interest after kick-starting a winning streak at Bunbury on February 27. The untapped talent is trained by Simon Miller and has kept on raising the bar with Willie Pike aboard at Ascot (twice) and Pinjarra.
Son Of A God (3g Playing God – Faslizan by Fasliyev) has also built his bank balance to $133,090 including Westspeed Bonuses of $58,350. “I knocked back that offer last Friday,” Maiden revealed. “He’s having a quick spell and will be back in work with Simon next week.
“We will target more of those Westspeed bonuses and then give him another freshen-up before coming back for next season. And if he keeps winning, the agents might come back with more money.”
Playing God’s 3yo division is going gangbusters with G1 Kingston Town Classic winner Kay Cee leading the charge. Other black-type performers include Mood Goddess, Wine Night and Pambella.
He leads the WA 3yo sires’ premiership with earnings of $1.40 million from Sessions ($1.01 million) and Gingerbread Man ($801k).
Those returns are off just 20 individual starters but the numbers will continue to swell now that Playing God is covering double the mares of his early books at Mungrup Stud. Son Of A God’s dam Faslizan will go back to him this year.
“Playing God is doing a good job and hopefully there’s a good race in Son Of A God,” Maiden said. “He was still figuring it all out in his first prep. Simon reckons the penny hasn’t dropped yet but said watch out when it does because he has a tremendous will to win.”
Maiden is a Director of Dash Civil Contracting and is based in the south-west at Stratham. His mares foal down with Wayne and Jane Beynon nearby at Einoncliff Park in North Boyanup.
“Jane told me Faslizan’s filly foal is one of the best on the property from about 40 born there this season. She’s by Universal Ruler and the mare is in foal to Ducimus who stands at Rivercrest Park. Last year was his first season at stud and he’s an awesome looking stallion.”
Playing God (Blackfriars) will head the Mungrup Stud roster this season at a service fee of $16,500 (inc gst).