Tick Tick Bloom became the 11th stakes winner for Viscount with a last-gasp victory in the LR Belmont Guineas (1600m).
The Adam Durrant trained filly was driven to the line by William Pike to nail a three-way photo decision from Midnight Shimmer (Blackfriars) and Happy With Kendel (Kendel Star).
Tick Tick Bloom (3f Viscount – Eight Roses by Bellotto) won a 1400m maiden at Pinjarra on April 30 and then grabbed a running double at Belmont before completing a hat-trick in the Guineas.
After she ploughed through the Slow 6 going, stable spokesman Jason Miller admitted he had given up hope on the home turn. “She was stepping up to a tough field and the wide draw meant she was giving them a start,” he said. “But she adapted to the conditions and won well.”
The winner is part-owned by breeder Daniel Palmateer and will be set for the Belmont Oaks (2000m) and Belmont Classic (2200m).
Oakland Park owner Neville Duncan stands Viscount for a $7,700 (inc gst) service fee. His pre-eminent galloper has been Singapore Horse of the Year Rocket Man backed up by Australian Group 1 winners Kidnapped (2010 SAJC Derby) and Neroli (2009 STC Queen of the Turf).
Viscount (Quest For Fame) was the Champion 2YO of his generation and he returned at three to win the G1 George Main Stakes at Randwick before a career-high third to Northerly and Sunline in a memorable finish to the 2001 Cox Plate.
A homebred for Jack and Bob Ingham, he stood at Woodlands before transferring to Oaklands Park in 2008.