Top WA galloper Playing God, set for Saturday’s $1 million Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington, has impressed trainer Neville Parnham since arriving in Melbourne.
“Neville’s very happy with the horse and says he’s flying,” stable foreman Mark Sestich said.
Playing God is equal topweight at 58kg with Epsom Handicap winner Fat Al and Happy Trails.
Parnham’s jockey son, Steven, will ride Playing God in the Group 1 feature.
The Neville Parnham-trained Island Scandal looks to have a bright future after his solid win in yesterday’s Devil’s Lair Fifth Leg Handicap (1200m) at Ascot.
Island Scandal relished the addition of blinkers after running fourth in a maiden at Bunbury on debut.The son of promising sire Scandal Keeper beat the fast-finishing Alyeska by 1 lengths.
“As soon as we put the blinkers on he improved,” Sestich said.
“I really gave the horse a good chance today and so did Neville.
“He travelled well and fought on strongly.”