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Snippetson miler Queen La Diva was a class above the competition on offer in the MDH Constructions Hcp (1600m) at Bendigo on Sunday.

Trainer Lindsey Smith opted for a Benchmark 70 at the provincials and that was a straightforward assignment for a mare who had won at Sandown and been placed behind The Inevitable in last year’s LR Tasmanian Guineas.

Part-owner Leigh Winwood had transferred Queen La Diva from Team Hawkes to Smith earlier this year and she won’t be long returning to town after the latest front-running victory.

Winwood had raced her older full-brother Kenjorwood and he earned $750,000 after wins in Melbourne (LR Lord Stakes), Sydney (Shoot Out Hcp) and Hobart (Alfa Crystal Bowl).

“She’s a free-flowing runner and looked an athlete when we purchased her as a yearling,” Winwood recalled.  “We went over budget but, as they say, you should buy the one you love, not the one that’s left.”

Snippetson stands at Scenic Lodge and he’s on the cusp of another milestone.  Queen La Diva was his 1,399th career win and his winners-to-runners strike-rate is a superior 66%.

He’s also in the box-seat to claim the WA 2YO sires’ title this season with $595,000 in prizemoney.  I’m All The Talk is next best on $465,540.

Scenic Lodge has kept its service fees at the same level as last year.  Snippetson and Universal Ruler remain at $6,600 while Dash For Cash is at $2,750.  All fees (inc GST) with a free return.

Meanwhile, Smith provided an update for Black Heart Bart on Monday following his below-par performance in the G3 Roma Cup at Ascot.  “I’m giving him an easy week and will trial him next Monday.  Maybe he was a bit cooked from all the work in the heavy sand leading up to the race.  If he trials well then he can head to the Belmont Sprint.  If not, that will be enough for him.”

Now a rising 10 year-old, Black Heart Bart is the best galloper sired by Scenic Lodge champion Blackfriars winning 17 of his 61 starts for prizemoney in excess of $4.81 million.

Stallion Service Fees Announced

Snippetson Rules at Scenic Lodge

Scenic Lodge has been home to Champion WA sires since the turn of the century and its dominance will continue despite the recent loss of Blackfriars.

Legendary stallion Scenic (Ire) won 9 premierships straight until Blackfriars assumed his mantle in 2010-11.  He’s already assured of an 8th title in a row this season and it won’t be the last with his final 2yo crop commencing their racing careers in 2020-21.

General-manager Jeremy Smith is looking forward to the future with the current roster led by Snippetson.  “The death of Blackfriars was a shock but it’s been softened by the amazing season enjoyed by our other stallions,” he explained.  “That’s why we won’t be adding to our line-up for 2018.
“Snippetson was Champion sire for individual winners ahead of Blackfriars last season and has taken over as the leading active sire in WA,” Smith continued.  “And Universal Ruler is the leading WA-based 2yo sire this season.”

The first WA yearlings by Snippetson averaged $52,000 at the Magic Millions in February and, on that score alone, he’s tremendous value at a $6,600 (inc gst) service fee.  He’s free of Danehill blood and has achieved great results with Danehill-line mares.

Scenic sire Universal Ruler has enjoyed a breakout season with his juveniles headed by Lady Cosmology.  She will be voted Champion WA 2yo Filly this season following a victory in the LR Supremacy Stakes and a nose second in the G2 Karrakatta Plate.

Bam’s On Fire is another promising Universal Ruler filly in Perth.  She rocketed home for an eye-catching third in the G3 Gimcrack Stakes and then came from the tail of a capacity field to finish fourth in the G2 Karrakatta.
The Simon Miller-trained Market Ruler added her name to the growing list of his juvenile winners on Saturday.  She’s a stablemate of Lady Cosmology and the addition of blinkers made all the difference as she sprinted to a three-length victory at Ascot.
Abdicator heads Universal Ruler’s 3yo division with a black-type win in the LR Rangeview Stud Classic.  He was also placed in the LR Challenge Stakes and LR Raconteur Stakes.

“He’s emerging as one of the leading sires in WA,” Smith said.  “And he’s so versatile – just like Scenic.”

Universal Ruler sires sprinters the calibre of Rebel King (LR Scenic Blast Stakes) as well as stayers like Master Magician who won over 2200m during the autumn carnival prior to doubling up over 2100m at Ascot on Saturday.

His yearlings sold to $72,000 at the 2018 Magic Millions and he will stand at $4,950 (inc gst).

Proven sire Dash For Cash has built up an exceptional 64% winning strike-rate and is still siring stakes winners the calibre of Dodging Bullets (LR Bendigo Golden Mile).  Champion trainer Darren Weir produced another future stakes winner when Grey Shadow bolted in at Caulfield last month.

Dash For Cash rounds out the roster at a rock-bottom service fee of $2,750 (inc gst).

For bookings or further information, broodmare owners can contact the Scenic Lodge office (08 9571 0155 / [email protected]) or Jeremy Smith (0419 943 356).


Buddy begins winning week for Snippetson

Buddy Honest was the catalyst for another winning week for Scenic Lodge sire Snippetson at Rosehill last Saturday.

The Aleacia Bennett-trained sprinter produced a bold, front-running performance to score a two-length victory in the TAB Highway Hcp (1100m). It was his third win in 10 starts following victories at Wellington and Quirindi earlier this season.

“It’s my first win in town, so I’m pretty excited,” Bennett said. “I wasn’t overly confident, but I knew he would come out and try his heart out because that’s what he does. He’s just learning and has finally figured out he’s a racehorse.”

Buddy Honest (3g Snippetson – Honest by King Of Kings) was a $26,000 buy at the 2015 Inglis Classic yearling sale. His dam is out of a half-sister to Tobougg who earned a start as a Darley shuttler after Group 1 victories in the Dewhurst Stakes and Prix de Salamandre.

Snippetson stepped up his strike-rate late this week with Sniponet (Taree) & Snippety Sip (Dubbo) on Friday and Desirable Miss (Gold Coast), Enzo The Barber (Morphettville) & Virgilio (Kembla Grange) on Saturday.

Time is Snippetson’s greatest enemy in an effort to sire 100 individual winners this season. He has 96 on the board to lead fellow Scenic Lodge champion Blackfriars (93) with just a week remaining in season 2016-17.

Scenic Lodge stands Snippetson for $6,000 (inc gst) and the stud’s service 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]

Scenic Lodge signs Snippetson

snippetson headshot_400In a major coup for the local breeding industry, Scenic Lodge is proud to announce high-profile Hunter Valley stallion Snippetson has been secured to stand in Western Australia.

In a deal brokered by local bloodstock agent Grant Burns, Scenic Lodge has acquired a majority shareholding in the proven son of Champion Australian sire Snippets.

“Snippetson is a very exciting addition to our stallion ranks,” Burns said this week.  “He sires cracking types – just like himself – and they have always been well received at the yearling sales.

“Two of his colts sold for $70,000 at the Perth Magic Millions last month and a filly made $50,000.  They were standouts and he’s already had plenty of success with his stock that have already raced over here like Rebelson, Right Time, Ave the Snip and Precious Snippets.”

Snippetson has been popular with breeders and has big numbers coming through the ranks with 143 rising two year-olds.

Still only 13, Snippetson has sired 252 individual winners at a very high 63% strike-rate.  He’s a prime example of the typical Australian stallion that produces tough, fast, strong types that suit our tracks and conditions.

There have been 7 stakes winners to date – Snippets Land claimed the latest black-type in the LR National Sprint (1400m) in Canberra on March 8.  The Peter Snowden trained four year-old hasn’t missed banking a cheque in all 12 starts!

Snippetson went through the $2 million mark in progeny earnings this season when his two year-old My Poppette christened Pakenham’s new racecourse last Thursday.  The Colin Alderson trained filly won’t be long trekking to town after sprinting home to win a 1200m maiden on debut.

“We identified Snippetson as the ideal stallion for the WA market some time ago,” Scenic Lodge general manager Jeremy Smith said.  “He provides great depth to our roster and Sunspeed breeders can book into him knowing he’s a proven commercial stallion.”

Snippetson will provide Scenic Lodge with a very strong roster this season.  The Muchea nursery is home to WA Champion Blackfriars who has won the last four Sunspeed titles.

Associate sire Universal Ruler is the hottest young stallion in the State with 19 second-crop winners from just 32 starters this season.  And Dash For Cash continues to churn out the winners – he has sired the winners of 46 races and they have earned over $808,000.   Service fees for all four Scenic Lodge stallions will be announced in April.Snippetson1