Darling View Thoroughbreds stallion Patronize has a front-line classic contender this season in Rejuva King who completed a Belmont hat-trick in the Furphy Hcp (1600m) last Saturday.

The Dan Morton-trained 3yo defeated a field of older horses who were all off the bit when front-runner Castillo Del Lago went for home at the half-mile.  Nevertheless, he was the one that knuckled down in the straight to nail Catalpa (NZ) with a last-stride lunge.

“He was a walk-up start in the 3yo race today but it was deleted and we didn’t have any other options,” Morton said.  “He’s a proper racehorse and I guess the WA Guineas is on the radar now.”

The $500,000 WA Guineas (Gr.2, 1600m) will be run at Ascot on November 19.  “He didn’t travel all that strongly but he knows where the line is,” in-form jockey Brad Parnham explained.  “Although it was hard work getting there, I was always confident he could get the job done.

“He has earned a place in the WA Guineas.  There are a lot of good 3yo winners in the State and he has the potential to measure up.”

Rejuva King (Black Cap / Photo: Western Racepix) returned to scale to a boisterous reception from a syndicate that bought him for $20,000 through the Western Breeders Alliance consignment to the 2021 Perth Magic Millions.

He’s the first foal of Belavenir (Choisir) who has a 2yo colt by Maschino and a yearling filly by Lucky Street.

Rejuva King sent Patronize ($444,543) to the top of the WA Sires’ premiership table for 2022-23 while fellow Darling View sire Playing God is a close second ($434,300).

Patronize stands at Darling View for $4,400 with Playing God ($27,500), first-season sire Splintex ($11,000) and Lucky Street ($3,300).  All service fees (inc GST).