Scenic Lodge sire Blackfriars dominated the Ascot card with three winners on Saturday and the Sunspeed champion also unearthed a star of the future among his placegetters.
His opening winner Black Tycoon is on a country cups campaign after completing a hat-trick in the Stevenson Logistics Hcp (1820m). He led home a Blackfriars quinella after overhauling Black Uma to score by a half-length.
Black Tycoon (7g Blackfriars – Dame Fontaine by Last Tycoon) will be set for the $75,000 Albany Cup on March 31 and the $80,000 Geraldton Cup on April 7. “He can produce a good turn of foot even when they walk in front,” trainer Justin Warwick said. “I rate him a better horse than Global Flirt and he ran third for us in the Perth Cup!”
Dark Rock (4m Blackfriars – Satan’s Diamond by Rubiton) was next to arrive in the United Overseas Australia Hcp (1200m). A homebred for Scenic Lodge owner David Smith, she had all the favours in front to defeat Ron’s Gem and her stablemate Black Magic (Blackfriars).
Young Lionel (4g Blackfriars – Prime Again by Marooned) completed a treble for his sire in the Westside Auto Wholesale Hcp (1400m). Bred and part-owned by Colin Teede, he sat four and five wide and the performance really impressed trainer Dion Luciani.
“I rang Colin this morning and told him the horse would be hard to catch,” Luciani said. “The colour’s back in his coat and I was confident. He’s right on his game and there are more wins to follow.”
Blackfriars two year-old Low Tide opened Saturday’s programme with an eye-catching second to Oratism in the Westspeed Plate (1200m). Trainer Len Morton, standing in for his son Dan, said it was important to let the horse find his own feet at this stage of his career.
“We love him but we’re not going to rush him just to get into a race like the Karrakatta Plate,” Morton snr said “If he happens to make it, then we will go there. He’s got a nice future as a three year-old in the classics.”
Low Tide (2g Blackfriars – True Believer by Is It True) is from a half-sister to Group 1 star Old Comrade. He’s in the right yard and, right now, has as much potential as any youngster seen out in Perth this season.
– Karl Patterson
Hoofnote: Dan Morton also prepared Scenic Lodge graduate Coughlin’s Law to win the Banksia Capital Hcp (2100m) on Saturday. He is from the first Sunspeed crop of Universal Prince (Scenic) who had a short stint at the Muchea nursery before transferring to South Australia.
Morton sourced Australian Horse of the Year Scenic Blast and $3.09 million earner Scenic Shot at the Perth Magic Millions. He went back and paid $21,000 for Coughlin’s Law at the 2011 Perth Magic Millions.