Australian Studbook Red Flags – The West Can’t Keep This Secret Forever

Tara Madgwick - Sunday November 12

This stallion tends to fly under the radar, but with a stakes quinella on Saturday and a 9% stakes-winner to runner lifetime strike rate it’s going to be hard for West Australian breeders to keep this guy to themselves forever.

Playing God featured with a stakes quinella at Ascot on Saturday when Investmentstrategy and Rope Them In ran one-two in the Listed WATC Fairetha Stakes, read about them here.

Playing God stands at Darling View Thoroughbreds in WA.


A dual Group I winning son of champion West Australian sire and Victoria Derby hero Blackfriars, Playing God scored back to back wins in the Group I WATC Kingston Town Classic in 2010 and 2011 before retiring to stud in 2014 at a fee of $6,600.

Playing God sired five stake-winners in his first crop of just 35 foals and in recent years has been on an upward spiral with his fee rising from $13,200 in 2020 up to $16,500 and then $27,500 before hitting a high this year of $33,000 at Darling View Thoroughbreds.

His current crop of three year-olds are the beginning of his better numbers and better quality mares, so should pave the way for further success in the future for a sire that runs at nearly 68% winner to runner.

Playing God is also garnering respect in the sale ring with 21 selling at the Perth Magic Millions this year for up to $280,000 with an average price of $119,286.

While the direct Danehill sireline is losing it’s dominance in the rest of Australia, Playing God will keep it front and centre in WA for a good while to come.


Race Result - Seacorp - Fairetha Stakes LR 1400m

Ascot Track: Good(4) Time: 1:23.24
- 3c Playing God (AUS) x World Class (AUS) (Manhattan Rain (AUS))
Tnr: N D Parnham Rdr: B Parnham 54
MM Perth Yearling Sale $120,000
Seller: Misty Valley Thoroughbreds At Greenfields Lodge, Capel, WA
Buyer: Parnham Racing Stables
Rope Them In
- 3g Playing God (AUS) x Lead Rope (AUS) (Real Jester (AUS))
Tnr: S J Wolfe Rdr: P Knuckey 55.5
MM Perth Yearling Sale $60,000
Seller: Willaview Park, Narrikup, WA
Buyer: Commercial Bloodstock Services P/L (FBAA)
A Lot Of Good Men
- 3c A Lot (USA) x Cosmah Domination (AUS) (Oratorio (AUS))
Tnr: T M Andrews Rdr: P Harvey 55.5
MM Perth Yearling Sale $42,500
Seller: Mungrup Pty Ltd
Buyer: Trevor Andrews
- 3g Playing God (AUS) x Boutique (AUS) (Discorsi (AUS))
Tnr: N D Parnham Rdr: S Parnham 55.5
- 3g Jimmy Choux (NZ) x Rae's Rae (NZ) (Pentire (GB))
Tnr: Brian Kersley Rdr: Lucy Fiore 54
- 3c Universal Ruler (AUS) x Shibata (AUS) (Testa Rossa (AUS))
Tnr: D T McAuliffe Rdr: Michael Poy 54
Blue Lagoon
- 3g Supido (AUS) x Chardonnay (AUS) (Pierro (AUS))
Tnr: Sue Olive Rdr: S Mc Gruddy 54
Pleasure Cruise
- 3g Justify (USA) x Peaceful Sea (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Tnr: Takahide Ikenushi Rdr: W Pike 55
Shooting Spirit
- 3g Shooting To Win (AUS) x Spirit Bird (NZ) (Savabeel (AUS))
Tnr: Simon Miller Rdr: Chris Parnham 54
On Patrol
- 3g War Chant (USA) x Artie's Belle (AUS) (Artie Schiller (USA))
Tnr: S & J Casey Rdr: Holly Watson 55
Linden's Gold
- 3g Akeed Mofeed (GB) x Gold Denari (AUS) (Roman Emperor (NZ))
Tnr: Takahide Ikenushi Rdr: Joseph Azzopardi 54
Moorditj Boy
- 3g Dissident (AUS) x Across The Moon (AUS) (Stratum (AUS))
Tnr: Hayden Ballantyne Rdr: P Carbery 54
Kermit's Luck
- 3g Kermadec (NZ) x Light My Fire (AUS) (Myboycharlie (IRE))
Tnr: Luke Fernie Rdr: C Johnston-Porter 54
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