Mendicity scored a well-timed win for her connections and for Scenic Lodge at Ascot on Saturday.
Mendicity (4m Blackfriars – True Bloom by Is It True) tracked Teen Idol before accelerating to a two length victory in the Perak Turf Club Trophy (1200m). She was a $26,000 buy at the 2010 Perth Magic Millions and has now earned $150,000 for a syndicate managed by Belmont Bloodstock’s Damon Gabbedy.
Scenic Lodge will offer her half-sister by Universal Ruler as Lot 196 at the Perth Magic Millions this week. Their dam True Bloom has also foaled G3 placed filly Xaar Boom (Xaar) and True Storm (Hurricane Sky) who won a barrier trial for Taylor in December.
Mendicity was hampered by a lung infection last year but Taylor revealed that has been corrected. “She races best when fresh,” he said. “She’s a sound mare and I think a Listed race at the next summer carnival isn’t beyond her.”
Universal Ruler (Scenic) defeated Scenic Blast at Ascot before the latter went on to claim Australian Horse of the Year and Royal Ascot honours.
“Universal Ruler was an explosive sprinter and we’re looking forward to selling his first yearlings at the Magic Millions,” Scenic Lodge general manager Jeremy Smith said. “His True Bloom filly is all quality and comes from an outstanding family that continues to produce winners.”
Black Tycoon completed a double for Blackfriars at Ascot on Saturday. He is from Dame Fontaine (Last Tycoon), a half-sister to the second-dam of Magic Millions Perth 3YO Trophy winner Express Service.
– Karl Patterson