Scenic Lodge sires have dominated the Boulder Cup meeting with five winners led by Friar Fox in the feature race on Sunday.
Friar Fox (7m Blackfriars – Pearlesque by Statoblest) became the first horse to win consecutive editions of the LR Boulder Cup (2100m) since 1946-47 when the Bizzaca family went back-to-back with their gelding Trecratic (Treat (GB) – Aristocratic).
The Justine Erkelens-trained stayer also completed a hat-trick for Scenic Lodge legend Blackfriars who sired 2019 winner Gangbuster. “ She’s tough and ran the same sort of race as last year,” Erkelens told the Kalgoorlie Miner Newspaper after her mare charged home to defeat Bella’s Idol (Vital Equine).
“She did everything perfect today but the Kalgoorlie Cup is the one we want.”
Friar Fox finished third to Missile Launch in last year’s LR Kalgoorlie Cup (2200m) and she will be peaking for the next edition worth $150,000 on Saturday, October 2.
“She just loves it up here,” jockey Shaun O’Donnell said. “Her run in the Coolgardie Cup was awesome and we were on the bunny today. She dug deep when I asked and it was an amazing win.”
Friar Fox has banked $530,755 including Westspeed bonuses of $75,000 for Erkelens and fellow part-owner Michael Biggs. They bought her for $14,000 from Scenic Lodge at the 2016 Perth Magic Millions.
Blackfriars, Erkelens, Biggs and O’Donnell filled out a running double in the last race on Sunday with Pretty Friar in the Rocktech Hcp (1760m). She is closely related to G1 NZ Derby winner Coniston Bluebird but cost just $8,000 out of the Scenic Lodge consignment to the 2018 Perth Magic Millions
Earlier on the Boulder Cup card, Scenic Lodge sire Universal Ruler chimed in with a double via World Ruler (Statewide Turf Maiden) and Staralign (Yarradale Stud Tom Sayers Memorial). Not to be outdone, Dash For Cash also weighed in with Regal Dividend (Office National Hcp).
Scenic Lodge stands Snippetson and Universal Ruler for $8,250 service fees alongside Dash For Cash at $2,200. All fees (inc GST).