Blackfriars creates winning Culture

Pop Culture is the latest Blackfriars filly to pop up for the G3 WA Oaks on March 31.

The Colin Webster trained three year-old reeled in tearaway leader Stay Lady Stay to win the LR Ascot 1000 Guineas (1800m) on Saturday.

Pop Culture (3c Blackfriars – Georgia’s Storm by Metal Storm) has emerged for classics after coming from the clouds to win her maiden at Pinjarra in January.  She doubled up at Ascot and then flew home to finish second to Blackfriars gelding Full Reign in the LR Challenge Stakes.

“It was a really good run in the Challenge,” Webster said.  “She’s always shown plenty of promise and the step up to 1800m was right up her alley.”

Blackfriars is also the sire of Just Wicked who launched her bid for the WA Oaks with Ascot wins in January and February.

Blackfriars (Danehill) stands at Durham Lodge for an $11,000 fee.  He the reigning champion sire in Western Australia and this year’s title is all but decided, especially if Playing God comes up trumps in the $1 million VRC Australian Cup at Flemington on March 10.

Playing God finished third to Shocking in the 2011 Australian Cup and is quoted at $21 for this year’s Cup behind $3.40 favourite Americain.