Kingston Town Classic winner Kay Cee won’t be travelling east this season, but her trainer Neville Parnham still has eyes on Melbourne’s biggest autumn prize.
Last week Parnham nominated four-year-old Platoon for March’s $5 million All-Star Mile and the Perth trainer said on Monday the son of Playing God was shaping well for a shot at the race where the public decides on 10 of the 15 contenders.
He said Platoon raced in the opening two-year-old race in Perth of the 2017/18 season, and since that time, has gradually improved to the point where Parnham believes he can measure up in the east.
“He’s come on even better as a four-year-old,” Parnham said on Monday.
“Some of those horses that race early train-off a bit but he enjoys his racing and as he’s gotten older, he’s got better. I expect him to be better again this campaign and if so, he might come up to the level of Playing God.
“He’s good enough. He’s a quality horse,” Parnham said of the winner of more than $440,000 in stakes.
Playing God is, of course, Parnham’s former star galloper who twice won the Kingston Town Classic and who was four-times Group 1 placed in Melbourne.
Playing God is also the sire of Platoon and of Kay Cee. There were 95 entries for the All-Star Mile at the close of nominations last week. Public voting begins from Thursday, January 16 and runs until February 16.
The popular Parnham, whose three sons Chris, Brad and Steven are all jockeys, said he hoped West Australian racing fans would get aboard Platoon’s attempt at the race.
As for Kay Cee, who won the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at just her eighth start, the filly is still in the spelling paddock with Parnham happy to leave her alone for a while longer.
“That was only her first preparation, so we just decided to give her a little longer to get over it,” he explained.
“She’s doing well and we’re happy with her, but we won’t see her this autumn I wouldn’t think.”