Playing God's Zipaway Claims the WA Guineas

Mark Smith - Saturday November 25

The Neville Parnham-trained Zipaway emulated his sire Playing God when capturing Saturday’s $500,000 Group II Sky Racing - WA Guineas (1600m) at Ascot.

Zipaway - Steven Parnham (image Western Racepix)

Given a positive ride by Steven Parnham, Zipaway battled tenaciously to deny the fast-finishing A Lot Of Good Men (A Lot) by a neck with the short-priced favourite Super Smink (Super One) a short-neck back in third.

With his first stakes success, Zipaway advances his record to three wins, a second, and a third from seven starts with earnings of $487,850.

“I was very confident he would win,” Neville Parham revealed.

“Like Playing God, he is very athletic, but this guy is a gelding and does not hold so much condition.





uo;”I bred this horse and raced the mare, Boutique. She is a half to Red Can Man and Quilista, so she has put a bit of sprinting blood in him. She is by Discorsi and won over 2000m.


“Providing he pulls up sound and happy, he will go to the Northerly. He has never had a sore day, so I don’t see why he wouldn’t.

Zipaway deserved that one (image Western Racepix)

“I think he is the perfect horse for it as a 3-year-old. He can race on pace with a turn of foot at the end of it and I don’t see 1800m as a problem.

Bred by Neville and Carolyn Parnham, Zipaway is the best of two winners from as many to race from the winning Discorsi mare Boutique, a half-sister to Group II ATC Sapphire Stakes winner Quilista and Group III  MRC Sir John Monash Stakes winner Red Can Man.

Boutique has visited Playing God in her first five seasons. She has a 3-year-old filly, Mainshow, a yearling colt, and was covered last December by the Darling View Thoroughbreds stallion.

Breednet's new family search of sales yearlings finds Lot 75 at Magic Millions from Cressfield from the same family, a Snitzel filly from Quilista.

Zipaway is the 16th stakes-winner for Playing God. 


Race Result - Sky Racing - WA Guineas Gr2 1600m

Ascot Track: Good(4) Time: 1:36.35
- 3g Playing God (AUS) x Boutique (AUS) (Discorsi (AUS))
Tnr: N D Parnham Rdr: S Parnham 56.5
A Lot Of Good Men
- 3c A Lot (USA) x Cosmah Domination (AUS) (Oratorio (AUS))
Tnr: T M Andrews Rdr: P Harvey 56.5
MM Perth Yearling Sale $42,500
Seller: Mungrup Pty Ltd
Buyer: Trevor Andrews
Super Smink
- 3f Super One (AUS) x Sminky Shorts (AUS) (Snitzel (AUS))
Tnr: D L Morton Rdr: Chris Parnham 54.5
MM Perth Yearling Sale $45,000
Seller: Forest View Farm, Jindong, WA
Buyer: Morton Racing
Blue Lagoon
- 3g Supido (AUS) x Chardonnay (AUS) (Pierro (AUS))
Tnr: Sue Olive Rdr: Holly Watson 56.5
- 3c Playing God (AUS) x World Class (AUS) (Manhattan Rain (AUS))
Tnr: N D Parnham Rdr: B Parnham 56.5
Cosmic Crusader
- 3g Maurice (JPN) x Cosmic Storm (AUS) (Street Sense (USA))
Tnr: Ms D Riordan Rdr: Joseph Azzopardi 56.5
Autumn Rebel
- 3c The Autumn Sun (AUS) x Rebel Queen (AUS) (Universal Ruler (AUS))
Tnr: D T McAuliffe Rdr: C Johnston-Porter 56.5
Rope Them In
- 3g Playing God (AUS) x Lead Rope (AUS) (Real Jester (AUS))
Tnr: S J Wolfe Rdr: P Knuckey 56.5
- 3c Universal Ruler (AUS) x Shibata (AUS) (Testa Rossa (AUS))
Tnr: D T McAuliffe Rdr: Jamie Kah 56.5
- 3g Jimmy Choux (NZ) x Rae's Rae (NZ) (Pentire (GB))
Tnr: Brian Kersley Rdr: Lucy Fiore 56.5
Big Player
- 3g Performer (AUS) x Aloe Vera (AUS) (Good Journey (USA))
Tnr: Luke Fernie Rdr: Michael Poy 56.5
Odin Omen
- 3g Rubick (AUS) x Musica Royale (NZ) (High Chaparral (IRE))
Tnr: A W Maley Rdr: Jarrad Noske 56.5
Five Down
- 3g Better Than Ready (AUS) x Suemori (AUS) (Street Cry (IRE))
Tnr: Luke Fernie Rdr: D Moor 56.5
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