Full Reign and his connections are taking full advantage of the Westspeed bonus scheme. The Blackfriars gelding earned another Westspeed windfall with a long-head victory in the Sean O’Sullivan Hcp (1800m) at Ascot on Saturday.
Trained at Bunbury by Peter and Matt Giadresco, Full Reign has banked over $234,000 for owners Serge and Sophie Madrigali. That’s a profitable mark-up on the $45,000 he cost at the 2010 Perth Magic Millions.
“He’s won four city races this season and earns an extra $20,000 Westspeed bonus on top of the prizemoney,” Matt Giadresco said. “It was a sprint home today and that helped with 59kg. He’s definitely a horse on the way up.”
Full Reign (4g Blackfriars – Stop In Time by Tenby) won a Bunbury maiden on Australia Day last year and then stepped straight into Listed company to win the Challenge Stakes at Ascot. “This is only his second preparation and he will go for a spell soon,” Giadresco added. “Then we will bring him back for bigger targets next season.”
Full Reign is by champion Scenic Lodge sire Blackfriars and is a brother to Impact Rating (LR Boulder Cup) and three-quarter brother to Exquisite Timing (LR Aquanita Stakes).
His younger brother was a $95,000 buy for Mt Hallowell owner Craig Thompson at the 2012 Perth Magic Millions. He has been named Temporise. Their dam Stop In Time has a Blackfriars filly catalogued as Lot 178 by Scenic Lodge (as agent) at the Perth Magic Millions next month.
Blackfriars surged further ahead on the 2012-13 Sunspeed sires’ premiership when Albany mare Winehorse won the final event at Ascot on Saturday. Blackfriars leads the WA based ladder with $1.59 million in prizemoney – well ahead of Oratorio (Aus) who broke through the million-dollar barrier on the weekend.
– Karl Patterson