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Vase winner set for Sydney

Blackfriars can top $5 million in earnings for the fourth season in a row after siring another city double on Saturday.

The Scenic Lodge champion has earnings of $4.82 million with two Saturday and three midweek meetings remaining before July 31.  He kept the till ticking over at Belmont with Come Play With Me ($92,000) and Friaresque ($41,300). 

Come Play With Me won the Swan River Vase (2200m) with a performance that excited trainer Adam Durrant.  “He’s been in work a long time but has won four in a row.  I’m leaning towards a quick break and then sending him over to Chris Waller in Sydney.

“They are mapping out a couple of programs that aren’t too ambitious.  Plenty of Perth horses have gone east recently and run really well.”

Durrant’s parents Geoff & Vicki bred Come Play With Me from their Ascot stakes winner Russian Playmate (Dr Johnson).  They will be hoping there’s more like him in the pipeline – his 3yo brother Black Russian won a Belmont maiden last Wednesday, his unraced 2yo brother is named Blackwater Bay and there’s a yearling colt from the penultimate crop by Blackfriars.

Friaresque stormed down the centre of the track to bring up a Blackfriars double at Belmont.  Unlike the first-leg winner, he had been battling a run of outs since July 2017 and paid $41 with the TAB.

“He’s been knocking on the door for a while,” stable rep Lucy Mellon said.  “He’s been happy down at the beach and is looking lovely with a beautiful coat.”

Friaresque was bred by Scenic Lodge and is the first foal of Pearlesque (Statoblest).  She is a sister to stakes winning sprinter Impressive Stats and broke her maiden at Ascot on the same day Americain won the Melbourne Cup. 

Pearlesque’s second foal Friar Fox won last year’s LR Natasha Stakes and she also has a filly among the last crop by Blackfriars.

Blackfriars (Danehill) will equal a WA record this season with 9 titles in a row since 2011.  Former Scenic Lodge champion Scenic (Sadler’s Wells) also won 9 consecutive premierships from 2002 to 2010.


Weir in tandem with Blackfriars

Premier trainer Darren Weir will be double-handed for the Melbourne spring carnival with Scenic Lodge champion Blackfriars.

Weir has set WA Horse of the Year Black Heart Bart for the G1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) on August 26 and new stablemate Chocolate Holic will start first-up in the G3 Monash Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield this Saturday.

“Obviously, I just couldn’t compare the two but Chocolate Holic is a really nice horse,” Weir said on Tuesday.  “The Monash is likely to be a bit sharp before he goes to Caulfield for the Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) in a fortnight and the Lawrence Stakes (1400m) three weeks later.”

Chocolate Holic won his 7th race in 11 starts when partnered by Damien Oliver in the Listed WA Carbine Club Stakes (1400m) at Ascot during the last summer carnival.

Owner-trainers Grant & Alana Williams brought him back into work for a close second to Group 1 star Scales of Justice in a Lark Hill trial before the transfer to Victoria.  They bred him by using Blackfriars over NSW import World Famous (Geiger Counter) who is related to stakes winners Adraanito (G2 Queen of the South Stakes) & William’s Ghost (LR Towton Cup).

The Karnup couple sold World Famous to Dandaragan breeder Dan Rieusset but kept her 2009 mare Chocolate Moon (Cape North).  She foaled a Blackfriars filly last September and is due to him again next month.

Blackfriars will turn 21 on August 1 while Scenic Lodge celebrates a 7th WA title in succession.  And he will give them something to chase in 2017-18 after Weir’s stablemates get cracking at Caulfield in August.                                                                                                                                                  The Scenic Lodge line-up is headed by Blackfriars at a $12,000 fee alongside Snippetson ($6,000), Universal Ruler ($3,500) & Dash For Cash ($2,500).  All fees (plus gst).  Fees are subject to discount structures for early confirmed bookings. For further details, contact Jeremy Smith on 0419 943 356 or [email protected]

Scenic Lodge locks in premierships

Blackfriars has edged ahead of Snippetson for the WA winners’ title with just three weeks remaining in 2016-17.  The Scenic Lodge sires were locked on 91 individual winners before Blackfriars filly Burning Pride won the Hahn Superdry Hcp (1300m) on debut at Belmont on Wednesday.

Blackfriars ($5.02 million) is home-and-hosed ahead of Snippetson ($3.52 million) for his 7th WA prizemoney premiership in a row but the winners’ duel will go right down to season’s end.

Burning Pride (2f Blackfriars – Pride by Hussonet) was always travelling like a winner in front and she toyed with them in the straight to score by a length from fast-finisher Uncle Con (Econsul).  Punters allowed her to drift from $5.50 to $9 despite an impressive trial at Lark Hill last month.

“She’s still very immature but she’s got a motor and that’s the most important thing,” trainer Ken Adams said.  “I will give her one more run if she pulls up okay.  She will get over ground and looks an Oaks filly for next season.”

Adams trained Mystic Chantry (Chanteclair) to win the 1997 WA Oaks and Blackfriars won it with Pop Culture in 2012.

Burning Pride was bred by De Grey Park’s Dick Vincent and is related to Singing The Blues (G1 Oakleigh Plate) & Summer Swallow (LR Bunbury Breeders’ Classic).  Vincent has retained Pride’s yearling filly by Blackfriars and the mare foaled a Snippetson filly last year.

Black Heart Bart was top earner again for Blackfriars this season with Group 1 rewards in the Memsie, Underwood, Orr & Futurity Stakes.  They totalled $1.46 million and he’s back in work for more following a winter in Queensland.

“He had a break before pre-training on our water-walker,” Washpool Lodge manager Paula Smiles said.  “He was up here last year and went back to Darren Weir last week looking as good as ever.”

Black Heart Bart will defend his G1 Memsie Stakes crown first-up at Caulfield on August 26.  Blackfriars (Danehill) heads the Scenic Lodge line-up this year for a $12,000 fee alongside Snippetson ($6,000), Universal Ruler ($3,500) & Dash For Cash ($2,500).  All fees (plus gst).

Scenic Lodge fees are subject to discount structures for early confirmed bookings.  For further details, contact Jeremy Smith on 0419 943 356 or [email protected]

Morton labels Low Tide

blackfriarsTrainer Dan Morton has labelled Low Tide as a horse who could develop into a talented stayer this season.  The Blackfriars four year-old resumed racing over 1200m last month and he stretched out to win at 1730m at Ascot on Saturday.

“He’s been frustrating but his work showed us we were heading in the right direction,” Morton said.  “It’s good to chalk one up and we’ve earmarked him for much further.”

Low Tide (4g Blackfriars – True Believer by Is It True) chimed in to win the Merrywell Hcp (1730m) in a close finish from Andi’s Boy (Saxon) and Savanarola (Blackfriars).  Bred and reared by Scenic Lodge, he was knocked down for $65,000 at the 2012 Perth Magic Millions.

He counts Brisbane Easter Cup winner Majorca as an older half-brother and his dam is a half-sister to Group 1 star Old Comrade.

Scenic Lodge champion Blackfriars has his feature juvenile winner Prentice entered for the G2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) on Friday evening.   His spring goal is the G1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington on Saturday, November 1.

Trainer Simon Foster is confident Prentice will make the grade in Melbourne.  “We have him where we want him,” Foster said.  “His whole preparation has been aimed towards the Victoria Derby.”

Prentice won the G3 WA Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) in April for owners Dan and Julie Love and Foster also trains their Blackfriars filly Big Caroline.  She is being set for a November 1 fixture in the LR Burgess Queen Stakes (1400m) at Ascot.

Blackfriars ($790K) has established an early lead over Danehill Express ($531K) in the 2014-15 Sunspeed premiership.  He has sired 25 individual winners this season, well ahead of Mungrup Stud pair Danehill Express (15) and Oratorio (14).

Scenic Lodge is standing Blackfriars (Danehill) for a $17,600 (inc gst) service fee.

Pearce predicts bright future for Prince

newton princePromising three year-old Newton Prince will be given an early opportunity in black-type company after cruising to victory in the Westspeed Hcp (1500m) at Ascot last Saturday.

Trainer Dan Pearce will nominate him for the LR Aquanita Stakes (1800m) fifth time out this weekend.

Newton Prince (3g Universal Prince – Newton Bewley by Blackfriars) overhauled Shades Of Rio (Oratorio) with a performance that had Pearce singing his praises on Saturday.  “I’ve got a huge opinion of this horse,” he said.  “There’s a big future ahead of him.”

Newton Prince is a Scenic Lodge homebred for owners David and Jeremy Smith and owns a distinct classic pedigree.  His sire Universal Prince (Scenic) won the 2001 AJC Derby and his damsire Blackfriars (Danehill) the 1999 VRC Derby.

He’s also three-quarter brother to G3 Belmont Sprint winner Universal Ruler (Scenic) who stands alongside Blackfriars at Scenic Lodge.

Pearce prepared him for two placings in two starts during an educational stint at Belmont during the winter months.  He resumed for a first-up victory over 1200 metres at Bunbury on November 14 and then lengthened to 1500 metres like he was looking for more ground.

“We were going to give him an extended break for the WATC Derby in the autumn,” Pearce recalled.  “But after talking to David and Jeremy, we decided to bring him back for a short summer prep.

“He’s improving every start,” Pearce explained.  “He was doing everything wrong during the winter.  I waited and waited until adding blinkers and they’ve really straightened him out.”

Win, lose or draw, Newton Prince will be spelled after the Aquanita Stakes in readiness for the $400,000 WATC Derby on April 12.

Scenic Lodge also has a strong hand in the G1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot this Saturday.

Blackfriars flag-bearer Playing God is gunning for a hat-trick of victories in Perth’s premier weight-for-age event and Sunspeed’s champion sire fields a strong second-string with God Has Spoken, Rohan and Black Tycoon engaged.

Karl Patterson