Bustler propelled Playing God to the top of the WA sires’ premiership with a $73,580 pay-day in the Crown Promenade Hcp (1200m) on opening day at Ascot
His connections banked $32,880 in prizemoney and $40,700 from Westspeed Platinum for the first-up victory on Saturday.
Bustler (3g Playing God – Cosmah Domination by Oratorio) is unbeaten after winning a late-season Belmont nursery in July and he will now embark on a G2 WA Guineas campaign with stablemate Snowdome (Rommel).
“He’s always shown us plenty of ability but had been held-up going shin-sore.
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“He’s not screwed down yet and will gain a lot from today’s experience. He’s an athlete and will be better suited racing off the pace. Steven couldn’t see a lot of speed in today’s race and decided to go forward instead of being caught up in traffic.
“He ran right away from them and should run a mile looking ahead to the WA Guineas.”
Parnham bought Bustler for $130,000 from Ruby Racing & Breeding at the 2021 Perth Magic Millions. Ruby’s Rod O’Bree kept a share in a partnership that includes Parnham and Ridgeport Holding’s Santo Guagliardo.
O’Bree had pin-hooked Bustler as a foal for $32,500 at the 2020 Mungrup Stud Dispersal.
Bustler’s 2yo half-brother A Lot Of Good Men (A Lot) was placed on debut in the Initial Plate (1000m) on Saturday and their dam had foaled a Playing God filly last month.
Darling View Thoroughbreds stands Playing God for $27,500 alongside Splintex ($11,000), Patronize ($4,400) and Lucky Street ($3,300). All fees (inc GST).
Playing God ($626,054) heads the WA Sires’ premiership from Blackfriars ($621,878). Those figure do not include Westspeed bonus payments from the weekend – they had yet to be added by Arion Pedigrees on Tuesday morning.
WA Stallion and WA Breeder tables will now be updated every week on the TBWA home page.