Heavenly Miss sent Darling View Thoroughbreds sire Playing God through $5 million in seasonal earnings for the first time on Sunday.
The Peter Fernie-trained mare was well overdue having been placed seven times before breaking her duck in the Ruby Tourist Tram Maiden (1400m) in Kalgoorlie. Owned by an Oz Racing syndicate, she led at a leisurely tempo before letting down to score by a couple of lengths from Moonlight River (Iffraaj) and Duke Iam (King’s Troop).
Heavenly Miss is bred on the same Playing God – Lonhro cross as Nerodio who has earned over $560,000 for owner-breeders Livio and Renato Divitini. He hasn’t raced since November but won a Belmont 1000m trial on June 6 and never saw daylight when midfield in a similar hit-out on Monday morning.
Nerodio (Photo / Western Racepix) will be set for a hat-trick of LR Beaufine Stakes (1000m) victories at Belmont on July 8. A slice of the $125,000 prizemoney on offer will be icing on the cake for Playing God as he marches towards a first WA Sires’ premiership in 2022-23.
Playing God’s leading earner this season has been Bustler ($668k). Last season it was Alaskan God ($425k) and the season before that Ex Sport Man ($529k) so he’s doing the job across a wide cross-section of city winners without a dominant individual skewing the statistics.
There’s scope for a significant rise in his earning potential and he might only being twelve months away from bettering the career-best figures of his own sire Blackfriars – $6.17 million in 2019-20.
Playing God’s books have risen from 96 to 128 and 132 in the last three seasons and he’s primed to cover his biggest book yet at Darling View Thoroughbreds for a $33,000 (inc GST) service fee.
The Darling View stallion parade which also features its second season sire Splintex (Snitzel) and exciting newcomer Lightsaber (Zoustar) will be held on-site at Kargotich Rd, Mundijong from Noon on Sunday, July 2.
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