Four-timer for Mungrup Stud at Belmont

Class mare Wink And A Nod has capped a wonderful afternoon’s racing for Mungrup Stud in the LR Farnley Stakes (1400m) at Belmont.

The Great Southern nursery provided four winners in a row at Saturday’s meeting which honoured Bart Cummings.  The master was a great supporter of Perth Racing starting with Dayana’s winning treble in the 1972-73 WATC Derby, WATC Australian Derby and Perth Cup.

He also trained WA stayer Rogan Josh to win the 1999 Melbourne Cup.

Halo Express (Danehill Express) won the first-leg in the Think Big – Gold & Black Hcp (1600m) and Ora (Due Sasso) followed up in the Hyperno – Kingston Rule Hcp (1200m).  The latter was bred by Gray Williamson and is raced by the Mungrup owner in partnership with a syndicate of old schoolmates from Aquinas College.

Mungrup sire Danehill Express doubled up with Cougar Express in the Apprentices Cup before Wink And A Nod (McFlirt) completed a hat-trick of Listed victories in the Farnley Stakes.

All four saluted as outright favourites and there’s more black-type ahead with Wink And A Nod being set for the G1 Railway Stakes (1600m) on November 21 and G1 Kingston Town Classic (1880m) on December 5 at Ascot.

“I will give her a break now,” trainer Justin Warwick said.  “She deserves a chance in those Group 1 races at the summer carnival.”

Red Ora will target the LR Hannan’s Hcp (1400m) on September 24 and Cougar Express will also head to the Goldfields for the LR Kalgoorlie Cup (2300m) on September 27.

Mungrup is the busiest stud in the State with the following line-up of stallions this season;
ORATORIO  (Stravinsky) – $11,000
DICK TURPIN  (Tagula) – $8,800
PLAYING GOD  (Blackfriars) – $4,400
DANEHILL EXPRESS  (Danehill) – $4,400
HALA BEK (Halling) – $3,300
All fees (inc gst)