Perth Cup benefit for Blackfriars
The Scenic Lodge champion sired three of the first four home in Perth’s premier staying event. Black Tycoon (8g Blackfriars – Dame Fontaine by Last Tycoon) split a wall of horses inside the final furlong to win by a short head from Blackfriars millionaire God Has Spoken.
Ask Me Nicely (Ustinov) finished third ahead of Blackfriars gelding Rohan who was attempting to complete a WA Derby – Perth Cup double.
Blackfriars was credited with $444,000 of the $524,000 total prizemoney on offer. He is now bubbling just under $2 million in earnings this season which is more than double his nearest rival on the current Sunspeed sires’ premiership.
“I was panicking on the turn – I didn’t think he could make it through in time,” trainer Justin Warwick admitted. “But I knew he would get the trip and he hadn’t done any work in the run.
“He was a good thing beaten in the Cox Stakes last time and I wouldn’t have swapped him for anything else at the weights.”
Winning jockey Damien Oliver described the home-town victory right up there with his Melbourne Cup win on Fiorente. “I had a nice run on the fence but then they stacked up. I had a lap full of horse and, when the gaps finally came, he gave a big kick.”
Black Tycoon is the last foal from Ascot winner Dame Fontaine. He was bred by Ron and Toni Harken and the Perth Cup was his third black-type win following the G3 Hyperion Stakes and LR Tattersalls Cup.
He is the fourth horse to complete the Tattersalls Cup – Perth Cup double in the last decade following Cats Fun (2007), Black Tom (2006) and Crown Prosecutor (2004).
Blackfriars has won the last three Sunspeed titles and is odds-on to claim a fourth in 2013-14. He has 32 yearlings catalogued for the 2014 Perth Magic Millions including 15 from Scenic Lodge.