Connections call time on tandem act

The decision to call time on the careers of Playing God and God Has Spoken shifts the focus to their three-quarter brother at the Perth Magic Millions next month.

Catalogued as Lot 77, the Blackfriars – Idyllic Doll colt is part of a quality consignment from Scenic Lodge.

Playing God and God Has Spoken have been a successful tandem act for more than three years but they’re both bulls and are scheduled to cover their first mares in September.

Trainer Neville Parnham and owner Colin Loxton have indicated the Blackfriars brothers will bow out in Victoria.  Playing God will be nominated for the $1 million Australian Cup at Flemington on March 8.  He was placed behind Shocking in the 2011 Australian Cup.

God Has Spoken was last seen finishing a short-neck second in the G2 Perth Cup and his main mission is the $350,000 Mornington Cup on February 12.

“It’s been a magnificent ride for Colin and me,” Parnham admitted.  “They are going to be hard to replace.”

Going back to the source could be the solution according to Scenic Lodge general manager Jeremy Smith.  “We sold God Has Spoken for $41,000 at the 2008 Magic Millions and Playing God for $27,000 a year later,” Smith recalled.  “When I last looked, they have combined to win about $2.84 million.”

Scenic Lodge is home to Sunspeed’s champion sire Blackfriars and Smith said their three-quarter brother is a chip off the old block.  “He’s a strong-boned, well-grown colt and I rate him one of the best in our draft for the Magic Millions,” Smith said.  “He has a touch of class and certainly has some characteristics that remind me a lot of his three-quarter brothers.

“He’s prepping extremely well towards next month’s sale and, to top it off, he’s also bred on what is proving to be a very successful Blackfriars over Scenic cross.  That nick has already produced the stakes winners Eclair Surprise and Rosie’s Rocket.”

The Scenic Lodge consignment can be inspected in Rows A, B & C at the Belmont Park sales complex.

Blackfriars Ildyllic Doll Colt  MM Lot 77