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Freak accident claims Snippetson

Western Australian stallion Snippetson died after a freak accident at Scenic Lodge on Monday morning in which he slipped in his paddock. The 21-year-old son of Snippets was the sire of 15 stakes winners overall, having relocated from Widden Stud in 2016.

In a statement released by Scenic Lodge, General Manager Jeremy Smith said: “We are all absolutely devastated and in total shock.


“For something so straightforward as a little stumble to take his life is hard to get your head around. I would like to thank everyone that has supported Snippetson since he relocated to us and a massive thanks to all our staff involved that cared and loved him so much especially our Stud Manager Kirsty who had an incredible bond with Snippy.”

Winning Spin for Snippetson

Snippetson 2yo Spin The Knife flew under the radar for an unexpected victory in the TABtouch Plate (1100m) at Ascot on Saturday.

The good-looking chestnut was appearing for the first time in public and went out an unwanted $41 longshot.  Trainer Luke Fernie admitted he wasn’t very optimistic and would have been happy if the youngster tucked in and took closer order in the straight.

“He did the opposite,” Fernie exclaimed.  “He crossed from the outside gate to lob on the speed.  I didn’t expect that.  And I thought he was gone when the other horse headed him in the straight.  But he kicked back for a brave win.

“That was very promising.  Winning wasn’t part of the plan.  He was just here to learn so we’re very happy with the result.”

Spin The Knife (2g Snippetson – Zany Lady by Zeditave) defeated Oakland Park homebred colt He’s A Sizzler (Sizzling) by a nose.  Secret Lair (Galah) was another three lengths in arrears. 

He cost $55,000 from Scenic Lodge at the 2020 Perth Magic Millions and general manager Jeremy Smith remembers him as one of the more precocious youngsters in the catalogue.  “He’s a striking chestnut from a running family.  He was all quality during inspections and looked a ripper!”

Smith is upbeat about his yearling half-brother by Dash For Cash at the Perth Magic Millions this Friday.  Catalogued as Lot 256, he’s also a half-brother to earlier Ascot winners Zefiro and Stacks On.

“He’s an athlete.  He continues to please us and has powered right through his preparation.”

Scenic Lodge has a highly-regarded Day 1 Snippetson – Pearlesque filly (Lot 41) who is creating plenty of interest during early parades in the Swan Valley.  And the Muchea nursery has a Snippetson for every budget with two colts and six fillies in Book 2. 

PHOTO:  Dash For Cash half-brother to Spin The Knife


Wilde winners by Dash For Cash

Victorian trainer Symon Wilde has more silverware lined up for Dodging Bullets in the $100,000 Werribee Cup (2000m) this Sunday.

The consistent son of Scenic Lodge sire Dash For Cash won the $100,000 Kyneton Cup last month and Wilde warmed up for his next assignment with another Dash For Cash winner at Terang on Monday.

His grey mare Dash Of Pash scored by two lengths first-up giving jockey Andrew Mallyon a trouble-free winning fee in the Terang Co-Op Maiden Plate (1200m).  She was resuming after a fast-finishing fourth on debut at Hamilton in June.

“She gave me a good feel when I came down to ride her work last week,” Mallyon said.  “She showed a bit of toe and I was confident when she jumped and sat outside the leader today.

“She put her head on her chest and went to sleep.  I gave her a kick in the straight and she put them away.  She’s not filly furnished so will definitely keep progressing.”

A homebred for Wayne Johnstone, she is by Dash For Cash from La Reef (North Reef) who won three restricted sprints in the western districts.  Her half-sister La Mookta claimed a Terang maiden before graduating to city wins at Flemington (3) and Caulfield.  She was also stakes placed at Flemington and at Warrnambool in a Wangoom Hcp.

“Dash Of Pash has been given plenty of time to mature – she’s in great order,” Wilde explained.  “And it’s a thrill to win here for Wayne.  He’s president of the Terang Racing Club.”

Jaime O’Bree and Emily Johnson promoted to Scenic Lodge’s Management team.

Scenic Lodge is very fortunate to have two young passionate horse women in Jaime O’Bree and Emily Johnson now part of our Scenic Lodge’s Management team. It’s a credit to the progression both young ladies have made since commencing employment with the Stud.

Jamie O'Bree, Assistant Stud Manager, Yearling Manager

Jamie O’Bree, Assistant Stud Manager, Yearling Manager

Jaime joined Scenic Lodge in early 2015. Her rapid progression through to the important roles of Assistant Stud Manager and Yearling Manager is a credit to Jaime’s amazing work ethic and all round talent as a horse woman. Jaime role is a massive one and covers all areas of assisting with the day to day running of a busy stud, managing and directing staff and supporting Stud Manager, Darrell Tampin. Jaime is very passionate about all the horses on the property and ensures they receive the very best of care. Jaime also has managed the Studs Yearling division for the past two years a role which she has excelled in. Scenic Lodge is very fortunate to have such a genuine talented hard working person like Jaime’s in these important roles.

Emily Johnson, Broodmare Manager, New Foal Manager

Emily Johnson, Broodmare Manager, New Foal Manager

Emily started with Scenic Lodge at the beginning of 2016 after two years working for Belvoir Equine hospital.  This vet background combined with her natural horse ability and a massive passion for the thoroughbred industry has seen Emily develop into a very important member of Scenic’s Team. Emily now oversees broodmare care and treatments throughout the year and ensures all the relevant history is needed to help with safe foaling and importantly getting the mare back in foal.  Emily also manages the new born foal care area on the property and always ensures newborns receive 100% care in the critical first few hours and days after birth.  She is also responsible for the care of spelling racehorses. Emily’s progression since joining Scenic Lodge has been amazing and they are delighted to have someone so passionate and talented with a great work ethic now in these important management roles.


Snippetson has edged ahead in a thrilling race for the prestigious champion WA 2yo sires title which will conclude at the end of this month.  Impressive 2yo colt Coming Home flashed home to win the Silver Goblet in NSW and in doing so provided Snippetson with his 9th individual 2yr old winner this season ranking him 1st in WA and =9th in the nation in that category. Snippeton will also finish a comfortable 2nd on the overall WA Sires Premiership behind Blackfriars and nearly a million clear of his next rival. With the market demanding fast early running horses Snippetson who stands this season for $6,500 plus gst is the ideal Stallion to breed to this season with the lucrative Westspeed WA based stallion bonuses now applicable.

2. ORATORIO  $415K
3. WAR CHANT $390K
5. DEMERIT $ 360K

Scenic Lodge Releases 2016 Service Fees

Scenic Lodge has released its service fees for 2016 with general manager Jeremy Smith announcing champion sire Blackfriars will remain unchanged at $12,000 (plus gst).



The Muchea stud has been home to WA champion sires for the last 14 years!  Legendary stallion Scenic (Ire) rewrote the record books with 9 titles in a row before Blackfriars assumed his mantle in 2011.

“Blackfriars has been WA champion for the last 5 seasons and is on track to make it 6 this year,” Smith said earlier this week.  “This is his best-ever season and he’s just about to break the $4 million barrier in earnings.

“Black Heart Bart is knocking on the door for a Group 1 and it could be in the Goodwood or the Stradbroke.  He’s been placed in the Newmarket Hcp and All-Aged Stakes on either side of winning the G3 Victoria Hcp at Caulfield.”

Black Heart Bart

Black Heart Bart

Blackfriars (Danehill) is also poised to better a career-best record in the three year-old division this season.  There were 22 winners of $1.54 million in 2011-12 and he had sired 20 winners of $1.20 million in that category by Anzac Day.

“There’s already been a rush of booking to Blackfriars this year – he will cover a strictly limited book so early bookings are absolutely essential.”

Proven sire Snippetson is enjoying another exceptional season and is currently second on the WA table behind Blackfriars.  “We’re looking forward to his first locally-bred foals here in August,” Smith said.  “He’s such an outstanding type and sires what the market demands – Fast, mature, early-runners.”

Snippetson remains very commercial with massive numbers coming through from big books in the Hunter Valley and WA.  That will ensure he challenges for Champion WA Sire award in the future.

Universal Ruler has done an amazing job at stud and he’s done it the hard way off limited numbers in his early books.  “He’s in the same mould as Snippetson in that he produces fast two year-olds that train on,” Smith explained.  “He has over 70 foals from higher-quality mares on the ground and this is, without doubt, the best year to send a mare to Universal Ruler.”

Scenic Lodge will stand Dash For Cash for a $3,000 (plus gst) fee this year and, at that price, he would have to be the best value, proven stallion available anywhere in Australia.  “He’s having another good season with more individual winners than any other sire in WA,” Smith revealed.  “And his strike-rate is still ticking over at a very high 64%.”

Scenic Lodge has structured a discount plan for early confirmed bookings to its stallions this year.  For further details, broodmare owners should contact Jeremy Smith on 0419 943 356  or  [email protected]

BLACKFRIARS  $12,000 (plus gst)

SNIPPETSON  $6,500 (plus gst)

UNIVERSAL RULER  $4,500 (plus gst)

DASH FOR CASH  $3,000 (plus gst)

Three Blackfriars Yearlings Passed In

Three outstanding Yearlings by WA’s Champion Sire Blackfriars which didnt make reseve at the recent Magic Millions Sale are now for Sale. All Lots have a reserve price of $20,000
Please contact Jeremy at our office to discuss. Ph:95710155.

Lot 1  FRAME

Lot 1 – Blackfriars / Jacita – Classy Blackfriars colt who is a full brother to 4 time winner Scenic Lord and a half brother to talented metro winning mare Angel Sky. Without doubt the best type the mare has produced and this colt is also bred on the successful Blackfriars / Scenic cross. Nice colt from a producing mare.

LOT 2 Frame

Lot 2 – Blackfriars / Jean – Blackfriars colt that is all quality. This tough well developed strong boned colt is out of the 6 time winning (4 in the metro) Volksraad mare Jean. This colt has the maturity to run early but should be best on type and pedigree as a 3yo and above. Impressive individual.

342 frame
Lot 342 – Blackfriars / Idyllic Doll – Top notch correct mature filly with a top class pedigree. This filly is out of a Scenic mare but most importantly is a ¾ sister to two of Blackfriars best performers in Playing God and God Has Spoken. First rate filly with all the pedigree crosses that work.

Clear-cut result for Confusing

confusing resizeBlackfriars gelding Confusing has continued his latest campaign with a dominant victory in the Membership Pro-Rata Rates Hcp (1800m) at Ascot.

Confusing sat at the girth of front-runner Weekend Shadow before stealing a break at the top of the straight to score by two lengths from O’Reilly’s Crumpet (O’Reilly) and Preselection (Authorized).

The Neville Parnham trained gelding warmed up with two 1400m races earlier this month and those hit-outs had him peaking on Wednesday.  “His trackwork had been good and he was ready to step up to 1800m,” stable foreman Mark Sestich said.  “He hit the line nicely and should go further although I think 1800m – 2000m suits him at this stage.”

Confusing is a three -quarter brother to Blackfriars’ G2 WA Derby winner Rohan and the dam of LR Gimcrack Stakes winner Darlington Abbey.  Parnham bought him from Scenic Lodge for $110,000 at the 2012 Perth Magic Millions for a partnership that includes staunch stable clients Santo Guagliardo and Bob Pearson.

“Those first two runs back were encouraging and he would have finished closer last time except for being held up,” winning jockey Steve Parnham explained.  “When I did the speed map for today, the thought did cross my mind we could be closer to the lead than usual.  There was no pace and he settled outside the leader – that’s the key – he travelled and then gave a good kick.”

Scenic Lodge has catalogued Confusing’s full brother as Lot 276 at this year’s Perth Magic Millions on February 16.  Their dam Crossed Wires (Scenic) has a Blackfriars filly at foot and she was bred back to Sunspeed’s champion stallion in October.

Blackfriars has 17 yearlings from Scenic Lodge at the Magic Millions.  “We are delighted with our draft,” operations manager Jeremy Smith told TABForm this week.  “Blackfriars continues to dominate in WA.  His stock are just so genuine and tough and improve every campaign and love our conditions and tracks.”