Is Blackfriars filly Assetro the best 2yo seen out in Perth this season?
That was a talking point at Ascot on Saturday after her astounding victory in the TABTouch Plate (1100m). She was in another time-zone at the top of the straight before reeling in Emerald Rose (Patronize) to win by a long-head.
Trainer Adam Durrant was momentarily lost for words after watching her paralysing burst but quickly regained his composure during a post-race interview. “She had no business winning from back there,” he said. “She’s something special…I’ve been waiting a long time for filly like this one.”
Assetro had won on debut at Ascot on New Year’s Day prior to an odds-on loss last month. “That was frustrating but she’s made amends today. I don’t want to do too much with her this season even though she’s a natural. I can see her in Melbourne in 6 to 12 months!
“We will run her in the Karrakatta Plate or WA Sires’ Produce Stakes or both,” Durrant predicted. “I’m not convinced she’s a stayer although she should get out to 2000m.”
Assetro (2f Blackfriars – Ortessa by Oratorio) is owned in partnership by the Rullo and Widdicombe families and they also raced her dam for two wins at Ascot and a fourth placing in the 2010 WA Sires’ Produce Stakes when it was staged at Belmont.
“She was a long way out of her ground and I thought we had too much to do at the furlong,” champion jockey Willie Pike admitted. “But she wants to win and really attacked the line.”
Assetro launched a successful afternoon for Scenic Lodge sires on Saturday. Blackfriars completed a hat-trick with further wins by Nelson’s Flight and Blackline while Universal Ruler chimed in with Snow Lord.
Durrant paid $100,000 for the Snippetson half-brother to Assetro when he was offered by Scenic Lodge at last month’s Perth Magic Millions. Ortessa lost a Blackfriars foal last season and she was bred back to Blackfriars in November.