The popular Playing God – Oratorio cross ticked off another new winner when La Dette opened her account in the Free Entry To Belmont Park Maiden (1200m) on Australia Day.

Not before time, either, because La Dette (Photo / Western Racepix) had been a beaten even-money favourite at Pinjarra and Geraldton at her first two runs this campaign.  She needed the length of the straight to collar Too Dardy (Demerit) on Thursday but was always going to get there in time for Lucy Warwick.

Trainer Adam Durrant prepares her for owner-breeders Serge and Sophie Madrigali.  “We’ve always had an opinion of this filly,” stable spokesman Jason Miller revealed.  “She works like a nice horse at home and is still learning the trade.

“We were confident sending her to Geraldton but she was left exposed too early up there.  Lucy got a lovely sit today and she was strong through the line.”

Playing God has sired 21 individual winners out of Oratorio (Aus) mares at a 75% strike-rate headed by Ex Sport Man (G2 Karrakatta Plate), Bustler (LR Fairetha Stakes) and Platoon (LR Cyril Flower Stakes).

La Dette’s dam C’est L’amour won a Bunbury maiden on debut for the Madrigali family but was retired after just two starts for trainer Lindsey Smith.  It’s the family of G3 MVRC Red Anchor Stakes winner That’s Not It (Foreplay).

There are 24 yearlings by Playing God going under the hammer at next month’s Perth Magic Millions and the sole entrant from an Oratorio mare is the filly from Corn Flakes (Lot 73) being sold by Alwyn Park (as agent) for De Grey Park.

Playing God (Blackfriars) stands at Darling View Thoroughbreds and currently leads the WA sires’ premiership with earnings over $2.84 million.  Former Alwyn Park stallion Trade Fair (Ire) is next best on $2.41 million.