Scenic Lodge stallions Universal Ruler and Snippetson were both on the end of winning hat-tricks on Saturday and, not to be outdone, Dash For Cash completed a city double on grand-final weekend.
Multiverse (Universal Ruler) is in career-best form following three wins on the bounce at Belmont. “We knew he had ability early on but then he lost his way,” jockey Jason Whiting recalled. “I’ve been riding him more aggressively and that’s obviously helped.”
Multiverse was bred by Paul Whyte and is the penultimate foal from NZ-bred mare Lightbeam (Clay Hero). “He settled with cover today and accelerated when I asked the question,” Whiting added after the Amelia Park Lodge Hcp (1200m). “He floated in front but found a bit more when he was headed in the straight.”
Ecker Road (Snippetson) has found a new lease of life after relocating to Gold Coast trainer Bruce Hill. He’s unbeaten since the transfer and brought up a treble at his home track on Saturday.
“That was a nice win and we will continue to send him through the grades,” Hill said following a one-length victory in the Moet Ice Imperial Hcp (1200m). “He’s a promising 4yo and there certainly looks to be plenty more in store.”
Ecker Road races for a syndicate managed by Shane Haines. Snippetson sired him from Sounds Assertive (Zeditave) who is a three-quarter sister to Group 1 winners Assertive Lad (Doncaster Hcp) and Assertive Lass (Flight Stakes).
Dash For Cash weighed in with Just A Bigger Dash (Morphettville) on Saturday and Grey Shadow (Caulfield) on Sunday.
“That was a super win and he’s really putting it together now,” trainer Chris Bieg said after Just A Bigger Dash scored for the fourth time in Adelaide. “I’ve had a lot of luck with Dash For Cash. This bloke is a full-brother to my first good winner Dashitude so it was a no brainer buying him.”
Dashitude earned black-type and $321,810 in prizemoney before selling to Spendthrift Farm for $260,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.
Trainer Darren Weir is also looking to fill out a hat-trick with his mare Grey Shadow after another win at Caulfield on Sunday. “There will be plenty of options for her over the spring carnival,” he said. “Today will lift her rating so we may even look for some black-type.”
Grey Shadow has now won 4 times in 9 starts earning $242,800 for owner-breeder Valda Klaric. Dash For Cash sired her from Masai Miss (Choisir) and there’s a WA link in the pedigree through LR Belmont Guineas winner Siranto (Laranto).
Snippetson ($6,600) heads the Scenic Lodge roster this year alongside Universal Ruler ($4,950) and Dash For Cash ($2,750). All service fees (inc GST).