Like most Perth trainers, Jim Taylor would like a stable full of horses like his last-start Blackfriars winner Mavromata.
Mavromata (5m Blackfriars – Ifestio by Key Business) appreciated the drop back to 1600 metres in the Racing Birthday Package Hcp at Ascot on Saturday. “She’s very consistent and felt ready to win when I jumped on her back earlier this week,” Taylor said. “I told Jason (Brown) to take a sit behind Stalingrad and she did the rest in the straight.”
It brought up an early double Blackfriars after the Scenic Lodge champion sired Summah’s Touch to win the Perth Corporate Members Hcp (1500m). Summah’s Touch is being set for the G3 WA Oaks in April.
Mavromata’s dam Ifestio won the 2004 WA Oaks and she is a sister to Taylor’s Group 1 winning sprinter Barakey. The mare is owned by Aristos Mihalopoulos and Terry Zeppos and they also race Barakey.
Taylor will be scouting the upcoming Perth Magic Millions for more yearlings by Blackfriars. He has several of them in work besides Mavromata including promising gelding Black Uma. He is ready to return to racing after being placed in the LR Belmont Guineas in June.
Another on the books is the Blackfriars half-sister to millionaire sprinter Karuta Queen. The filly has been named Black Queen and she was placed in a Belmont trial before Taylor tipped her out with an eye on the G2 Karrakatta Plate in April.
Scenic Lodge has catalogued her younger brother as Lot 43 at the 2013 Perth Magic Millions. The Blackfriars – Card Queen colt is an outstanding type and just oozes class according to Scenic Lodge general manager Jeremy Smith.
“He’s an extremely strong and mature individual who should jump and run as a two year-old and then train on for the classics. His pedigree is full of pure speed on the dam’s side and it should mix in beautifully with Blackfriars.”
– Karl Patterson
Scenic Lodge champion sired this colt from Card Queen for the Perth Magic Millions