Scenic Lodge’s brother to champion filly Delicacy is shaping up as a potential sale-topper at the 2016 Perth Magic Millions yearling sale.
The colt’s value continued to climb as Delicacy went on a winning run that saw her named Australia’s Champion 3YO Filly in 2014-15. The season culminated with classic doubles in the G3 West Australian Oaks & G2 West Australian Derby and G1 South Australian Oaks & G1 South Australian Derby. She returned to training this term and was nosed out of another Group 1 by stablemate Perfect Reflection in the Kingston Town Stakes at Ascot before getting back on track in the G2 C B Cox Stakes and G2 Perth Cup.
Delicacy led home an historic trifecta for owner-breeders Bob and Sandra Peters in the 2016 Perth Cup. She railed up in the straight to defeat stablemate Neverland and 2015 winner Real Love. The Perth couple bred her by using Emirates Park stallion Al Maher over Simply Wicked (Scenic) who had won races at Northam and Belmont carrying their cerise and white silks. Her first foal Usual Suspect (King Cugat) was a slowcoach and that prompted Bob to cull the mare at the Inglis Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale in May 2014.
Scenic Lodge operations manager Jeremy Smith takes up the rags-to-riches story. “I flew over to Sydney to buy a few mares and Simply Wicked was an obvious choice. She was a well-bred Scenic mare and I knew she would be within our price range because it was late in the day and her wins had been in WA.
“The timing was also perfect because no-one had heard of Delicacy. A month later she came out and won first-up at Belmont and you know the rest.”
Smith paid just $4,000 for Simply Wicked and the mare is the gift that keeps giving because she was sold carrying another PPT to Al Maher. “The colt was a late September foal and he will continue fill out after the Magic Millions,” Smith predicted. “He’s tall and looks like he will develop along the same lines as his big sister.”
Simply Wicked’s current three year-old Universal Law (Beneteau) is another promising type having completed a city hat-trick at Ascot in October. He was last seen finishing midfield in the G2 WA Guineas.
Simply Wicked stayed on site at Scenic Lodge last year and she foaled a colt by champion sire Blackfriars on October 15. Smith sent her back to the Hunter Valley but she slipped to Widden Stud’s G1 Golden Slipper winner Stratum.
“It’s very exciting to be offering the brother to a champion at the Magic Millions,” Smith said. “And we have 18 lots by Blackfriars.”
Western Australia’s champion sire for the last five years – and a clear leader this season – Blackfriars begins the Magic Millions with the colt from Scenic’s city winner Jacita (Lot 1). The mare is a three-quarter sister to LR Seymour Cup winner Panoramic Lad and she has already foaled Blackfriars winner Scenic Lord.
Scenic Lodge has several standouts by Blackfriars. Lot 252 ex Card Queen (Final Card) is a half-sister to Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Karuta Queen and Lot 276 ex Crossed Wires (Scenic) is a three-quarter brother to WA Derby winner Rohan.