Parnham Caulfield bound
Castle Retreat led all the way to win his 400m trial in a slick 24.37 seconds. Picture: Steve Ferrier/WA News

In-form jockey Steven Parnham will head east to ride Excelorada and God Has Spoken in Caulfield features on Saturday.

Fresh from claiming the Festival of Perth Racing leading rider award for a third straight year, Parnham will partner Excelorada in the Adams Stakes (1200m) and God Has Spoken in the Mornington Cup Prelude (2000m) for his trainer father, Neville.

Dual Group 1 winner Playing God and Bippo No Bungus join the duo in Parnham's raid on upcoming Melbourne features.

The four stakes winners are scheduled to fly to Melbourne today and will be based at Wez Hunter's Mornington stables.

"Steve will ride both on Saturday with Brad (Parnham) suspended," Neville said.

"It's not easy to get over there but I expect them to be competitive. It's more of a warm-up race for God Has Spoken for the Mornington Cup.

"Excelorada galloped really well (yesterday morning) and he's worked himself into some form, which he usually holds."

God Has Spoken, runner-up to Black Tycoon in the Perth Cup (2400m) on January 1, is being aimed at the $350,000 Mornington Cup (2400m) in a fortnight.

A knee injury ended Excelorada's scheduled trip to Melbourne this time last year.

The six-year-old, a winner at 10 of 26 starts, ran a close second to Dueton in the Scenic Blast Stakes (1100m) at Ascot last start.

Parnham said Playing God would resume in Saturday week's $400,000 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.

He is leaning towards starting Bippo No Bungus in the $150,000 Geoffrey Belmaine Stakes (1200m) on the same day.

·Trainer Paul Jordan unveiled his $250,000 Magic Millions Perth 2YO Classic (1100m) hopefuls Castle Retreat, The High Road and Minute Man at yesterday's Belmont Park trials.

They gave Jordan a clean sweep in the three 400m trials. Castle Retreat won in the quickest time, scoring by a length.

Castle Retreat ran second to Vital Art and fourth to Roebuck at his debut campaign last year.

"He's a beauty," Jordan said.

"He's already qualified for the Magic Millions but the other two aren't. They're all nominated for Saturday but there's no rush as there's another two-year-old race next Wednesday."

Steve will ride both on Saturday with Brad suspended."Neville Parnham

The West Australian

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