The Blackfriars bandwagon is back in harness with four winners at Belmont this week.
Scenic Lodge’s champion stallion has already established a clear lead on the 2014-15 Sunspeed ladder with 21 individual winners earning over $686,000 in prizemoney.
Blackfriars doubled up with Prentice & Son Of Something on Saturday and followed up with Moet Dancer & Pants On Friar on Wednesday.
Prentice (3g Blackfriars – Stella Vision by Scenic) earned a trip to Melbourne with a fast-finishing victory on Saturday. “He’s entered for the Caulfield Guineas, Caulfield Classic and Victoria Derby,” trainer Simon Foster said. “I was confident he would be hard to beat today even with 59kg.”
Prentice is raced by Dan and Julie Love and is from a three-quarter sister to Scenic’s Group 1 winning filly Shame (VATC Thousand Guineas). He added black-type of his own in the G3 WA Sires’ Produce Stakes at Ascot in April.
The Loves bought Prentice as a foal for $48,000 at a Perth Magic Millions Sale in 2012. His dam Stella Vision has a 2yo colt named Our Maori Boy and a yearling colt – both by Blackfriars. She is back in foal to him.
Pants On Friar brought up a midweek double for Blackfriars with an impressive first-up victory on Wednesday. Having her first start for leading trainer Adam Durrant, she powered home to defeat Snitzel stallion No Smoken by three-quarters of a length.
“I knew she was better than these and told Ben (Paterson) to ride her positively,” Durrant explained. “She was up on the bunny and I couldn’t see her getting beaten on the corner.”
Pants On Friar (5m Blackfriars – Saracen Star by Metal Storm) is raced by Amelia Park’s Peter Walsh and was Group 3 placed in the 2013 WA Oaks. “She did the job over 1400 metres today and will obviously get a mile plus,” Durrant added. “I think she’s in for a pretty good prep.”
A $95,000 graduate from the 2011 Perth Magic Millions, she hails from a successful Sunspeed family that has produced Group 1 winners Rogan Josh and Machine Gun Tom.
Scenic Lodge is odds-on to claim its 12th Western Australian title in row this season. Blackfriars has won the last 4 premierships since assuming the title from his former barn-mate Scenic.
Owner David Smith changed the name of his stud from Durham Lodge to Scenic Lodge in honour of the former champion stallion who stood at the Muchea property for six seasons between 1998 and 2004.
Scenic took over the mantle of Champion WA stallion from Northerly’s sire Serheed in 2003-04. He went on to claim a total of 7 titles until 2009-10.
Blackfriars (Danehill) is standing for a $17,600 (inc gst) fee at Scenic Lodge.