Black Tycoon took a career-best form-line to the Batavia Coast on Sunday and was rewarded with a five length victory in the $80,000 Geraldton Cup (2100m).
The Blackfriars gelding had won three of his last four starts at Ascot and produced a quick turn of acceleration that put the race beyond doubt a long way out. Best of the beaten division were Moonlight Bay (Catbird) and local galloper Hel Cool (Helenus).
Black Tycoon (7g Blackfriars – Dame Fontaine by Last Tycoon) is prepared by Justin Warwick and the former harness horseman rates him a better horse than stablemate Global Flirt who was placed in this year’s Perth Cup
The Geraldton Cup result was a bonus for the Scenic Lodge champion after a mixed day at Ascot on Saturday. His fillies Summah’s Touch and Pants On Friar filled out the trifecta behind Moreish in the G3 WA Oaks but his promising colt Low Tide was never in the call during the G2 Karrakatta Plate. A post race vet exam revealed no abnormalities.
Earlier in the afternoon, Blackfriars gelding Daneclicked burst through a late gap to win the Ausdrill Hockeyroos Hcp (2200m) in a three-way finish. Trainer Vaughn Sigley predicts he can develop into a Cups winner next season. “He’s a good, gutsy horse,” Sigley said. “He keeps improving and I think he will stay all day.”
Daneclicked (5g Blackfriars – Clicked by Geiger Counter) began his career with Steve Wolfe in Albany where he won two races this time last year. “He had put the writing on wall with Steve and he likes being trained out of a paddock up here,” Sigley added. “Hopefully, we can get him up to races like the Perth Cup or Bunbury Cup.”
Saturday’s victory was his second in four starts from Sigley’s Lark Hill stables although connections would have been on tenterhooks as the stewards’ report explained: “Daneclicked (Jarrad Noske) – Held up for clear running rounding the home turn when racing tightly with another runner. Then continued to have difficulty in securing a clear run when leaving the 200 metres.”
Daneclicked’s dam Clicked was a Murray Bridge winner for trainer Peter Hayes and her family includes Ascot stakes winners Suspicion (Mukddaam), Morant (Fusaichi Pegasus) and Grey Monarch (Verglas).
Blackfriars (Danehill) has extended his lead on the Perth premiership with earnings of $2.68 million, well ahead of Mosayter ($1.51m) and Oratorio ($1.45m).
– Karl Patterson