Blackfriars can break a LR Kalgoorlie Cup hoodoo with his last-start Belmont winner Young Lionel.
The Scenic Lodge champion has dominated local staying ranks with the Perth Cup, Kingston Town Classic, WA Derby, WA Oaks and WA St Leger among his honour roll.
But a Kalgoorlie Cup has eluded Blackfriars and last year was no different when his gallopers Friarday and Ram Jam filled the minors behind True Gold.
Young Lionel (7g Blackfriars – Prime Again by Marooned) booked his ticket to the Goldfields with a powerful victory over Raising Dubai and Military Ruler in the Tabtouch Hcp (1650m) at Belmont Park on Saturday.
The gelding is trained by Lou Luciani for part-owner and breeder Colin Teede who kept a share after he was knocked down for $35,000 at the 2010 Perth Magic Millions. A couple of setbacks that required surgery kept him on the sidelines throughout 2011 but he bounced back and has now won 7 races in 41 starts for prizemoney of $297,200.
Luciani prepared his dam Prime Again when he was private trainer for Tilden Park Stud’s Dallas Dempster. She was top-class winning 7 races including the G2 Champion Fillies, G2 Strickland Stakes and G3 Auraria Stakes in Adelaide.
At stud, Prime Again foaled Serheed mare Lady Knockout who won the 2002 Belmont Guineas and Oaks before travelling east to win the LR Matron Stakes at Flemington.
After Young Lionel, the mare delivered Blackfriars filly All Primed Up to win at Ascot and their younger sister Indi Pacific doubled up at Northam and Pinjarra late last season.
Scenic Lodge pensioned Prime Again when she was rising 26 last year.
Blackfriars stayer Friarday is also heading to Kalgoorlie and trainer Cliff Smith is confident he can go one better this year. Smith prepared Corporate James to win the Kal Cup in 1997.
Blackfriars (Danehill) is standing for a $12,000 (plus gst) fee this year at Scenic Lodge.