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  • Stars align for Scenic Lodge

    February 5, 2018

    The stars aligned when Rebel King completed a winning treble for Scenic Lodge in the LR Scenic Blast Stakes (1200m) at Ascot on Saturday.

    Rebel King is a son of Scenic Lodge sire Universal Ruler and he won the race named after Australia’s 2009 Horse of the Year who was also conceived at Scenic Lodge.

    The Darren McAuliffe trained sprinter belied a $6 to $10 drift in betting to lift his overall record to 10 wins in 36 starts for earnings of $712,375.  That includes Westspeed bonuses of $120,000 for an Impressive Racing ...

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  • Blackfriars colt sells for $130K at NZ Karaka Sale this week

    February 1, 2018



    Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young purchased 14 yearlings during Book 1 of the Karaka Sale this week including a Blackfriars colt from Brighthill Farm for $130,000.

    He was conceived in WA, sold in NZ and will race in Victoria.

    Trent and Natalie and their two children moved from New Zealand to Cranbourne 18 months ago after stints in Singapore and Cambridge.  The move was an immediate success with Tavago winning the 2016 Australian Derby at Randwick.

    They had been on the look-out for suitable stables in Victoria ever since bringing Sangster across the Tasman ...

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  • Sad loss for the WA breeding industry – Champion sire Blackfriars has died

    December 23, 2017

    In a sad loss for the WA breeding industry, champion sire Blackfriars has died at Scenic Lodge.

    The 21 year-old son of Danehill shattered a shoulder after colic surgery on Friday night.  “He was a true gentleman and loved by all,” Scenic Lodge’s Jeremy Smith said.  “We are all in shock.”

    Blackfriars has been a dominant force in Western Australia winning the last 7 sires’ premierships.  His 400th individual winner arrived at Bunbury last Sunday and they have won over 1300 races.  Among them are a WA-record 36 stakes winners headed by current-day ...

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  • Blackfriars Sires Winner Number 400

    December 20, 2017

    Blackfriars passed another career milestone when Willas Way won the Switchboards WA Maiden (1420m) at Bunbury on Sunday.

    The Bruce Watkins-trained mare is the 400th individual winner for Scenic Lodge’s champion son of Danehill.  Having her second start this season, she settled one-out and one-back behind front-runner Pokemon Pete and then did best in a duel with Imortalite to score by a head.

    Willas Way had to survive a protest before notching the ground-breaking win for Blackfriars and her managing part-owners John and Stephanie McGinty from Manjimup.  “I’m pretty sure she’s their first ...

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  • Wilde winners by Dash For Cash

    December 6, 2017

    Victorian trainer Symon Wilde has more silverware lined up for Dodging Bullets in the $100,000 Werribee Cup (2000m) this Sunday.

    The consistent son of Scenic Lodge sire Dash For Cash won the $100,000 Kyneton Cup last month and Wilde warmed up for his next assignment with another Dash For Cash winner at Terang on Monday.

    His grey mare Dash Of Pash scored by two lengths first-up giving jockey Andrew Mallyon a trouble-free winning fee in the Terang Co-Op Maiden Plate (1200m).  She was resuming after a fast-finishing fourth on debut at Hamilton in ...

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  • Samovare upgrades foal by Snippetson

    September 9, 2017

    Moonee Valley’s Saturday meeting started with the latest WA-bred winner in Melbourne when Samovare was on her best behaviour in the Ladbrokes Odds Boost Hcp (1600m).

    Samovare won the G3 WA Champion Fillies Stakes for Amelia Park owner-breeder Peter Walsh and Brian Bradley before transferring to Lindsay Park earlier this year.  “She can be a bit quirky but was on her best behaviour today,” David Hayes said.  “We will either come back here for the JRA Cup or go a week earlier in the Naturalism Stakes at Caulfield.”

    Scenic Lodge also has a ...

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  • Lim’s Sincere winning weekend for the Meagher family in Singapore

    September 4, 2017

    Lim’s Sincere found an extra gear to ignite a winning weekend for the Meagher family in Singapore on Friday night.

    The Snippetson speedball flew in front, well away from the fence, and then fought back when challenged by Hoshiko (Star Witness) in the straight.  It was his 4th win over 1000m at Kranji and it was also the quickest at 58.48s.    “Not a bad day at the office,” trainer Dan Meagher said.  “It was a well-executed plan and we got the result thanks to a perfect ride by Razali Zawari.”

    Meagher now ...

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  • Memsie million beckons Bart

    August 31, 2017

    Blackfriars has warmed up for his first crack at a Group 1 this season with a stack of winners in Western Australia.

    The Scenic Lodge champion has sired 17 individual winners already this season to take up a Top 6 spot in Australia.  And he will zoom up the prizemoney table if his interstate star Black Heart Bart wins the $1 million Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

    Jockey Brad Rawiller is confident that Black Heart Bart can return to winning form after a first-up placing in the G2 P B Lawrence ...

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  • Multiverse has returned from a beneficial spell for a breakthrough victory at Belmont

    August 22, 2017

    .Trainer Gary Crispin schooled Multiverse in a couple of maidens at Pinjarra and Ascot before putting away in March.  The Universal Ruler gelding won a trial earlier this month and firmed from $15 into $11 for the Get The TAB Touch Maiden (1200m) on Saturday.

    “He’s always shown ability and we’ve taken him along quietly while he matured,” Crispin said.  “He’s turned the corner and appreciated the sting out of the ground today.”

    Multiverse is from Lightbeam (Clay Hero) who descends from Santa Anita Group 1 winner Amerigo’s Fancy.  Her final foal is ...

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  • Consistency the key with Dash For Cash

    August 15, 2017

    Dash For Cash is about to begin a new chapter in his stud career with his first Sunspeed colts and fillies ready to debut this season.

    The Scenic Lodge sire remains a consistent winner-getter with his residual stock bred in the Eastern States.  Red Gateau won his maiden at Bairnsdale last Thursday and Arr Flair was successful in Singapore on Friday.

    Another Dash For Cash with bright prospects is his unraced 3yo Miss Entice.  The David Feek-trained filly was an impressive Pakenham trial winner on Wednesday and she is a sister to Boom ‘N’ Zoom who won a LR Cranbourne Cup for ...

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  • Blackfriars Wins 7th title in WA

    August 2, 2017

    It was fitting that Blackfriars gelding Foxinator landed the last race of the Western Australian season at Kalgoorlie on Sunday.

    It climaxed another successful season for the Scenic Lodge stallion who has now claimed 7 WA titles in a row.  The champion son of Danehill sired 93 winners of 153 races and over $5.24 million in prizemoney.

    Once again, Blackfriars spaced the rest of the field with Snippetson next best on $3.80 million.  Snippetson made it a clean-sweep for the Muchea stud capturing the winners (97) and wins (155) premierships.

    Scenic Lodge has been home to WA champion sires for the last 16 ...

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  • Buddy begins winning week for Snippetson

    July 25, 2017

    Buddy Honest was the catalyst for another winning week for Scenic Lodge sire Snippetson at Rosehill last Saturday.

    The Aleacia Bennett-trained sprinter produced a bold, front-running performance to score a two-length victory in the TAB Highway Hcp (1100m). It was his third win in 10 starts following victories at Wellington and Quirindi earlier this season.

    “It’s my first win in town, so I’m pretty excited,” Bennett said. “I wasn’t overly confident, but I knew he would come out and try his heart out because that’s what he does. He’s just learning and has ...

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  • D Mac Rules by Decree

    July 25, 2017

    Impressive Racing trainer Darren Mcauliffe knows how to prepare a Universal Ruler winner and he’s found the key to By Decree.

    The comeback mare was being set for last year’s Belmont Oaks when she fractured her back and had to be nursed back to health by Mcauliffe. She’s as good as gold now and enjoyed all the favours winning the Inglis Bloodstock Hcp (1650m) last Saturday.

    Given the run of the race by Matthieu Autier, she tracked the favourite Nelson’s Flight (Blackfriars) before bursting through along the rails to score by short-neck. “She ...

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  • Weir in tandem with Blackfriars

    July 12, 2017

    Premier trainer Darren Weir will be double-handed for the Melbourne spring carnival with Scenic Lodge champion Blackfriars.

    Weir has set WA Horse of the Year Black Heart Bart for the G1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) on August 26 and new stablemate Chocolate Holic will start first-up in the G3 Monash Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield this Saturday.

    “Obviously, I just couldn’t compare the two but Chocolate Holic is a really nice horse,” Weir said on Tuesday.  “The Monash is likely to be a bit sharp before he goes to Caulfield for the Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) ...

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  • Scenic Lodge locks in premierships

    July 10, 2017

    Blackfriars has edged ahead of Snippetson for the WA winners’ title with just three weeks remaining in 2016-17.  The Scenic Lodge sires were locked on 91 individual winners before Blackfriars filly Burning Pride won the Hahn Superdry Hcp (1300m) on debut at Belmont on Wednesday.

    Blackfriars ($5.02 million) is home-and-hosed ahead of Snippetson ($3.52 million) for his 7th WA prizemoney premiership in a row but the winners’ duel will go right down to season’s end.

    Burning Pride (2f Blackfriars – Pride by Hussonet) was always travelling like a winner in front and she toyed with them in the straight to score by ...

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  • Scenic Lodge Yearling draft on offer this weekend at Magic Millons Perth Winter Sale

    June 23, 2017

    Our Yearling and Weanling draft will be available for inspection tomorrow (Saturday 24th) at Belmont Park. Rows R & S – Please pop down during tomorrows exciting race day to view. Magic Millions Sale starts at 11am this Sunday the 25th of June.

    Lot 5 -Universal Ruler/ Zed Magic – Athletic impressive filly that is bred for speed. By proven speed sire Universal Ruler this filly is out of the very fast Zed Magic 4 wins (3 in the metro) who herself is a half sister to Karrakatta Plate placegetter in ...

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  • Cash clicks with Amoroso

    June 17, 2017

    Dash For Cash and Amoroso go together like peaches and cream.

    They’re proud parents of three foals – Arinosa, Onerous & Andaz – and all three have inherited a tremendous will to win.

    ARINOSA was renowned for a potent finish.  She reeled in top-class fields in the G2 Premiere Stakes and G2 Sapphire Stakes at Randwick before retiring to stud.

    ONEROUS is a tough competitor and that was evident when he charged through a gap to win his first city sprint at Sandown last season.  Team Hawkes will race him second-up after a long ...

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  • Perth mare moves to Melbourne

    June 9, 2017

    Military Reign has settled in without any hiccups for her Melbourne debut at Flemington on Saturday.

    The Universal Ruler speed-machine has accepted for the $100,000 Bruce Gadsden Hcp (1000m) and bookmakers aren’t taking any chances with the Perth visitor.  Last start G1 Goodwood fifth Santa Ana Lane has been installed a $2.80 favourite ahead of Military Reign ($4.20) and Magic Millions Sprint winner Husson Eagle ($6.50).

    “Military Reign is stabled at Flemington with Russell Cameron and she’s as good as gold,” managing part-owner Kevin Berry said this week.  “We will see how she ...

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  • Spirited resurgence by Dash For Cash

    May 22, 2017

    Chung Wah Spirit Dash For Cash colt Chung Wah Spirit is tipped for a bright future in Hong Kong after winning the Districts Cup (1400m) on Sunday.

    He had been working up to a win over shorter trips before the breakthrough fourth time out at Sha Tin.  “He has a good engine but just isn’t the finished article,” jockey Zac Purton said.  “You will see a better horse next season, he just needs to mature.”

    Chung Wah Spirit (3c Dash For Cash – Letter From France by Exceed And Excel) was exported from ...

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  • 2017 Service Fee’s Announced

    May 9, 2017

    Scenic Lodge has announced its service fees for 2017 in the lead-up to Black Heart Bart’s defence of the Group 1 Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville on May 20. Black Heart Bart is the chief earner by Scenic Lodge champion Blackfriars and a sixth elite-level triumph on Saturday week will see his bank-balance soaring through $4 million.

    His trainer Darren Weir will also prepare promising Blackfriars stakes winner Chocolate Holic for Perth-based owner-trainers Grant & Alana Williams. He goes east after 7 wins from 11 starts topped by Listed victories in the Carbine Club Of WA Stakes and Northam Cup.

    BLACKFRIARS (Danehill) has been ...

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  • Jaime O’Bree and Emily Johnson promoted to Scenic Lodge’s Management team.

    March 13, 2017

    Scenic Lodge is very fortunate to have two young passionate horse women in Jaime O’Bree and Emily Johnson now part of our Scenic Lodge’s Management team. It’s a credit to the progression both young ladies have made since commencing employment with the Stud.

    Jaime joined Scenic Lodge in early 2015. Her rapid progression through to the important roles of Assistant Stud Manager and Yearling Manager is a credit to Jaime’s amazing work ethic and all round talent as a horse woman. Jaime role is a massive one and covers all areas of assisting with the day to day running of a busy ...

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  • Scenic Lodge Yearling Draft

    February 8, 2017

    Scenic Lodge is please to offer 26 Yearling for sale at the 2017 Perth Magic Millions Sales. Held Monday 20th & Tuesday the 21st of February at Belmont Park. 14 Yearlings on offer are by WA Champion Sire Blackfriars plus the first WA Yearlings by Sire Dash For Cash. Quality yearlings also on offer by Universal Ruler, War Chant, Frost Giant, Fiorente, Demerit and Your Song.
    Pictures and Lot overviews are now available to view by clicking on the top Yearling tab or follow the links below.
    Yearling Draft – Day 1
    Yearling Draft – Day 2
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  • Record Breaking Sale for Blackfriars

    January 17, 2017

    Scenic Lodge champion Blackfriars has achieved his best result at auction with a $330,000 filly at the Gold Coast Magic Millions.
    His half-sister to Group 1 winning filly Delicacy was sold to Raffles Racing by Tyreel Stud on behalf of Scenic Lodge. The filly is also a half-sister to LR Belmont Guineas third Universal Law.
    “She’s a great type and we were hoping she would be popular,” Scenic Lodge general manager Jeremy Smith said of Thursday’s career-best result. “I bought her dam Simply Wicked for $4,000 at the 2014 Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale. She’s a well-bred Scenic mare and, at ...

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  • Snippetson sires 12th stakes winner at Caulfield

    January 17, 2017

    Trainer Darren Weir bypassed the Magic Millions Cup to keep Kenjorwood in Melbourne for the Swettenham Summer Championships.
    The Snippetson war-horse is in superb form after wins at Flemington and Caulfield in December.
    Kenjorwood became the 12th stakes winner for Scenic Lodge stallion Snippetson when he shouldered 60kg to a narrow victory in the Listed Lord Stakes (1700m) on Boxing Day.
    “He’s such a good racehorse with a real will to win,” Weir said at Caulfield. “He’s in great shape and when you get horses like this in form they can race up on the speed and tough it out. ...

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  • WA connection primed for Cox Plate

    October 21, 2016

    (TBWA-Press-Release)Western Australia has its best chance to win a Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) since the west’s all-time great Northerly completed a running double in 2001 and 2002.
    The Sunspeed connection will be led All American filly Yankee Rose and Blackfriars gelding Black Heart Bart. They are both in the market behind Winx who is an odds-on favourite to make it back-to-back victories at Moonee Valley this Saturday.

    All American is covering his first book at Geisel Park in Myalup following a transfer from the Hunter Valley. And a Cox Plate victory would assure Blackfriars of a seventh WA ...

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  • Kiwi Connection for WA

    October 17, 2016

    Sunspeed breeders Jeremy Smith and Wayne Beynon are following the progress of promising sprinter-miler Amachi in New Zealand.

    Smith stands his sire Snippetson at Scenic Lodge and Beynon bought his dam Molta (NZ) at the 2014 Magic Millions National Sale.

    Amachi started a $4.50 favourite in the Greers Gastro Bar Maiden (1600m) at Tauranga on Friday and he controlled the race in front before pinching a winning break at the top of the straight.

    Trainer Steven Cole will set the free-striding 3yo gelding for the LR Trevor Eagle Memorial (1500m) at Ellerslie on November 26.  It’s been a good guide in recent years ...

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  • Bart Propels Blackfriars into Australian Top 5

    September 25, 2016


    Black Heart BartBlack Heart Bart led home a Group 1 quinella for Western Australia with a comprehensive victory in the Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield.

    It was the third Group 1 for the son of Scenic Lodge champion Blackfriars following the Memsie Stakes and Goodwood Hcp earlier this year. He drew clear in the final furlong to defeat He or She (Kendel Star) who is by a stallion stationed at Rivercrest Park.

    The Underwood’s $302,000 first prizemoney propelled Blackfriars into a Top 5 spot on the Australian sires’ premiership with earnings over $1.21 ...

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  • Hot Chocolate benefit for Blackfriars

    September 19, 2016

    Black Heart Bart just missed the chocolates when beaten in the G1 Makybe Diva Stakes but he can bounce back to winning form in the G1 Underwood Stakes at Caulfield next Saturday.

    The Sunspeed star has helped propel his sire Blackfriars into the Australian Top 10 with progeny prizemoney of $880,000 and there’s another $300,000 on the line in the Underwood.

    Black Heart Bart has been installed a $3.20 favourite ahead of Lucia Valentina ($3.80), Our Ivanhowe ($6.50), Awesome Rock ($10) and He Or She ($10).

    In Perth, Chocolate Holic is the latest son of Blackfriars rising through the ranks with earnings of ...

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  • Cash In The Bank

    September 15, 2016


    Cash in the BankPromising colt Cash Dash has been sold for $500,000 to race in Hong Kong.

    The speedy son of Scenic Lodge sire Dash For Cash added a zero to his value after making $50,000 at the 2015 Capricornia Yearling Sale in Rockhampton. Part-owners Ross Donovan and Peter Malpass had set their sights on the Vo Rouge Stakes and Gold Edition Stakes at the Brisbane summer carnival before accepting the latest offer from Hong Kong.

    “They took an 37 x-rays, flexed and moved every joint and hot spotted him all over,” Donovan ...

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  • Bart Awesome in Gr1 Memsie Stakes

    August 27, 2016

    Black Heart Bart RTS GoodwoodSunspeed star Black Heart Bart has made a triumphant start to the spring carnival in a high-class renewal of the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.

    The son of Scenic Lodge champion Blackfriars climaxed his previous campaign winning the G1 Goodwood (1200m) in Adelaide and running a close second in the G1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) in Brisbane.

    On Saturday, just a week after being crowned WA Horse of the Year, he began a Cox Plate preparation with a dominant display in the first Group 1 event of the ...

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  • Sticky wicket winner by Dash For Cash

    August 20, 2016

    Dash For Cash gelding Not A Blemish landed his maiden by a long-head at Mildura on Friday after skirting a sticky patch on the corner.

    The Terry & Karina O’Sullivan trained galloper was racing first-up following unplaced runs at Donald and Warracknabeal in March. He races for Werribee owner-breeder David Lyons who has been a long-time stable client.

    By rights, Not A Blemish should have been one of the outsiders in the Hygain Maiden Plate (1005m) but was kept safe at $7.

    “Karina told me he had been working nicely and she expected him to come here and win,” jockey Jack Hill explained. ...

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    August 4, 2016

    In an industry where many promises are given on sires the only true guide is racetrack performances by their stock. It’s fair to say we are delighted with our Sires performances in this area during the 2015 – 2016 season.
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  • Snippetson Crowned WA Champion 2YO Sire

    August 2, 2016

    Mystic Master 310716Snippetson was crowned WA Champion 2YO Sire on Saturday and he celebrated with a Group 3 victory in the Singapore Juvenile Championship (1200m) on Sunday.

    His consistent youngster Mystic Master settled in a handy spot outside the front-runner Caorunn at Kranji before powering clear in the straight to win by more than a length.

    Mystic Master (2g Snippetson – Distant Symphony by Distant Music) is the 11th stakes-winner for his sire who stands for a $6,500 (plus gst) fee at Scenic Lodge.  “He’s a horse who always gives his best but ...

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  • Melbourne-bound Bit Of Dash

    July 28, 2016

    with a bit of dash2Chris Bieg is rising up the training ranks in Adelaide and now he’s wants to make a mark in Melbourne with his promising filly With A Bit Of Dash.
    The daughter of Scenic Lodge sire Dash For Cash was among South Australia’s leading two year-olds this season winning by 3 lengths at Morphettville before signing off with a fighting second to Morvada in the LR Oaklands Plate (1600m) in May.

    The winner is being set for the G1 Victoria Derby and Bieg is quietly confident his filly will ...

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  • Universal Rulers Sensational New Stakes Winner

    July 20, 2016

    military ReignAbout half an hour before they lined up in Saturday’s Beaufine Stakes at Belmont, in came the rain. Bucketed down.

    It didn’t seem to bother Military Reign though who lived right up to her name with an explosive victory for trainer, Darren MacAuliffe, and her sire, Universal Ruler: racing away to score with a couple of lengths to spare.

    “Universal Ruler’s sire, Scenic (71 stakes winners) produced a lot of winners who didn’t mind the softer going,” Scenic Lodge’s General Manager, Jeremy Smith, points out. “A lot of winners on all kinds ...

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  • Snippetson colt wins Silver Goblet

    July 19, 2016

    Widely-travelled colt Coming In Hot has given Scenic Lodge sire Snippetson more breathing space at the top of the WA 2YO premiership table.
    Coming In Hot flew home to win the Silver Goblet (1100m) at Narromine on Monday in a three-way photo-finish from I’m Imogen (I Am Invincible) and Squared (Strada).

    Initially trained by Brent Stanley in Victoria, he was sent to Brisbane and placed on debut behind top colt Nikitas on December 5.  But a Magic Millions Classic campaign was derailed after a below-par performance back at Doomben a fortnight later.

    After Stanley was disqualified earlier this year, Coming In Hot ...

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  • Blackfriars banks PB at Rosehill

    July 3, 2016

    Erika inside railsBlackfriars mare Erika sent her sire through $5 million in seasonal earnings for the first time at Rosehill on Saturday.

    The Goulburn based raider was aided by inside runs before Blake Shinn angled her into the clear for a late victory in the TAB Highway Hcp (1800m).  “I followed Just Good into the straight and got clear when it rolled out,” Shinn explained.  “I gave her a little squeeze and she extended nicely.”

    It was Erika’s third win this season and, ironically, she won a Canberra maiden on July 31 last ...

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  • Timely spearhead for Snippetson

    July 2, 2016

    Lim's Sincere The topsy-turvy WA 2YO sires’ table took another turn when Snippetson assumed the lead on Saturday.

    The Scenic Lodge resident sired a quinella for trainer Richard Jolly when Time Out defeated Bangs in the $100,000 Schweppes Plate (1050m) at Morphettville.

    Snippetson is the third ladder leader this week.  Alfred Nobel was in charge before defending champion Oratorio (Aus) led home a Belmont quinella with Sweet Ora and Carnelian on Wednesday.

    $408,435   Snippetson
    $376,950   Oratorio
    $363,425   Alfred Nobel
    $360,825   Demerit
    $291,575   War Chant

    “We made a conscious effort to target races ...

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  • Great Shot spotlights Scenic Lodge

    June 28, 2016

    great-shot-1Blackfriars regularly takes centre stage when there’s any black-type about in Perth but the team behind his success were in the spotlight after the LR Belmont Guineas (1600m) on Saturday.

    Scenic Lodge graduate Great Shot simply blew the field away with a front-running 4 length victory at Belmont.  “Removing the blinkers made a difference,” trainer Rhys Radford said.  “He’s more relaxed and will go to the paddock now in time for the summer.”

    Radford mentioned this year’s G1 Railway Stakes as a future target for Great Shot and jockey Craig Staples is on ...

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  • Scenic Lodge Horses For Sale this weekends Magic Millions Sale

    June 22, 2016

    SCENIC LODGE will offer a number of horses for ourselves and clients at this Sunday (26th June) at Perth Magic Millions General Bloodstock Sale at Belmont Park.

    We will present four yearlings by our Five time WA Champion Sire BLACKFRIARS which will go under the hammer first in the Yearling Sale section. All the yearlings are very well bred individuals and include lot 4 who is a ¾ sister in blood to half million dollar earner YOUNG LIONEL, Lot 11 a half sister to OROYA GOLD , lot 19 a ¾ brother in blood to BLACK GEORGE and Lot 27 a ...

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  • Black Heart Bart too good in G1 Goodwood

    May 23, 2016

    Black Heart Bart RTS GoodwoodDarren Weir labelled Black Heart Bart the perfect horse to train following the G1 Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville.

    The Blackfriars gelding sent his earnings to $1.70 million after a convincing victory in Adelaide’s feature sprint of the season.  “All his runs for me have been terrific and he deserved a Group 1,” Weir said.  “He’s a perfect horse.  He eats well, he works well, he’s very sound and he’s a good racehorse.  They’re hard to find.”

    Black Heart Bart will now head to Brisbane to tackle the Group 1 ...

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  • Snippets Land defies leader-bias in BRC Sprint

    May 23, 2016

    Snippets LandSnippets Land has produced a barnstorming finish to snatch his second win at Listed level in the BRC Sprint (1350m) at Doomben.

    The son of Scenic Lodge resident Snippetson won against a leader-bias when he descended from the back-half of the field to defeat Religify by a half-neck on Saturday.  “He’s genuine and a real trier,” trainer Peter Snowden said.  “He isn’t far off top company but isn’t there just yet.”

    Snowden indicated he will probably run next in the G2 QTC Cup on June 4 instead of the G1 Stradbroke Hcp ...

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  • Landmark double for Universal Ruler

    May 18, 2016

    military RulerLeading trainer Darren McAuliffe completed a landmark double with Military Reign and Military Ruler at Belmont on Saturday.

    It’s the first time he’s prepared a brother – sister combination to win on the same program and he also bred them by using Scenic Lodge stallion Universal Ruler over General’s Delight.

    “I bought the dam for $70,000 as a weanling at the Gold Coast Magic Millions,” McAuliffe recalled.  “She was injured while being educated and never raced so we put her Universal Ruler.”

    Military Reign nailed the first-leg with a front-running victory that improved ...

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  • Vergara tops Day 3 Inglis Sale

    May 10, 2016

    Vergara by Snippetson

    Strong buyer competition continued during the third session of the Inglis Broodmare and Weanling Sale on Tuesday with the average climbing 34% to $63,695.
    Gross receipts for broodmares is more than $22 million, well up on the $17.50 million for the total sale in 2015, with a full day of selling to come on Wednesday.

    Tuesday’s top price was recorded for Group 3 winner Vergara when Heritage Bloodstock’s Paul Guy paid $460,000 on behalf of Blue Gum Farm.  The four-year-old Snippetson mare attracted significant interest after running a strong fourth ...

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  • Blackfriars breaks through $4 million

    May 10, 2016

    Lightly-raced Blackfriars sprinter Erika produced a barnstorming finish to capture the feature race for fillies & mares at the Wagga Gold Cup meeting on Friday.
    Erika won the Rules Club Queen of the South (1400m) to send Blackfriars through $4 million in prizemoney this season.  She has been a regular money-spinner for connections winning 3 races and being placed 4 times in the last twelve months.

    Her only unplaced run this season was a midfield finish at Warwick Farm in October.  “She’s a nice mare and toughed that out really well,” trainer John Bateman said.  “We might go back to town ...

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  • Scenic Lodge Releases 2016 Service Fees

    May 5, 2016

    Scenic Lodge has released its service fees for 2016 with general manager Jeremy Smith announcing champion sire Blackfriars will remain unchanged at $12,000 (plus gst).

    The Muchea stud has been home to WA champion sires for the last 14 years!  Legendary stallion Scenic (Ire) rewrote the record books with 9 titles in a row before Blackfriars assumed his mantle in 2011.

    “Blackfriars has been WA champion for the last 5 seasons and is on track to make it 6 this year,” Smith said earlier this week.  “This is his best-ever season and he’s just about to break the $4 million barrier in ...

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  • Raising the bar with Military Reign

    April 12, 2016

    Darren McAuliffe is ready to raise the bar with flying three year-old Military Reign after her last-start victory in the Marjorie Charleson Classic (1200m).

    The Universal Ruler filly defeated Group 1 winner Magnifisio by more than two lengths at Ascot and there’s more in store according to her trainer. “There are a lot of good races coming up,” McAuliffe said. “She will run out a strong 1400m.”

    The stable had the option of a shot at the stumps with Military Reign in the LR Sheila Gwynne Classic (1400m) at Ascot this Saturday but will stick to the easier alternative of a Benchmark ...

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  • Bart breakthrough in Victoria

    March 27, 2016

    Black Heart BartBlackfriars gelding Black Heart Bart has franked his G1 Newmarket Hcp form with a convincing victory in the G3 Victoria Handicap (1400m) at Caulfield.

    Having his second start for trainer Darren Weir on Easter Saturday, the former Perth star shouldered top-weight of 58.5kg to a narrow win over front-runner Charmed Harmony. “He ran great in the Newmarket but there’s a bit of pressure when these good horses turn up – you don’t want them losing a wheel,” Weir said. “Now we have to decide whether to push him out ...

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  • Golden start for Snippetson

    March 22, 2016

    Snippetson mare Vergara has opened the Golden Slipper meeting with a fighting, front-running victory in the G3 Epona Stakes (1900m) at Rosehill.

    Saturday’s win was her second black-type success following the LR Mona Lisa Stakes at Wyong in September. “We thought she had come back a better mare this time in,” trainer Anthony Cummings said. “And today was the first time this preparation she has been able to get on the bit and travel.”

    Vergara (5m Snippetson – Graces Spirit by Flying Spur) appreciated the step up in distance off the G1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) and was strong on the line from ...

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  • Yearling Draft Photos Now Online

    February 5, 2016

    Photos of our draft of 24 Yearlings have now been uploaded to our website. Click on the Yearlings tab. Day 1 and Day 2. 18 Yearlings by Blackfriars plus yearlings by Lope De Vega, Hussonet, So You Think, Stratum, Al Maher, Choisir and War Chant.252 frame




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  • Clear-cut result for Confusing

    January 28, 2016

    confusing resizeBlackfriars gelding Confusing has continued his latest campaign with a dominant victory in the Membership Pro-Rata Rates Hcp (1800m) at Ascot.

    Confusing sat at the girth of front-runner Weekend Shadow before stealing a break at the top of the straight to score by two lengths from O’Reilly’s Crumpet (O’Reilly) and Preselection (Authorized).

    The Neville Parnham trained gelding warmed up with two 1400m races earlier this month and those hit-outs had him peaking on Wednesday.  “His trackwork had been good and he was ready to step up to 1800m,” stable foreman Mark Sestich ...

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  • Scenic Lodge’s brother to champion filly Delicacy is shaping up as a potential sale-topper at the 2016 Perth Magic Millions yearling sale.

    January 21, 2016

    simply wicked-framedThe Al Maher youngster has been catalogued as Lot 140 and is timed to sell towards the close of the first-session on Monday evening, February 15.

    The colt’s value continued to climb as Delicacy went on a winning run that saw her named Australia’s Champion 3YO Filly in 2014-15.  The season culminated with classic doubles in the G3 West Australian Oaks & G2 West Australian Derby and G1 South Australian Oaks & G1 South Australian Derby.  She returned to training this term and was nosed out of another Group 1 ...

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  • Dequetteville double ahead of Dash For Cash

    January 20, 2016

    With A Bit Of DashDash For Cash sired his latest two year -old winner when With A Bit Of Dash bolted in by the best part of four lengths in Adelaide on Saturday.

    The Chris Bieg trained filly will be given a black-type campaign after her second-up victory in the Schweppes 2YO Plate (1050m) at Morphettville.  “She’s a very nice horse and I will probably give her a freshen up then bring her back for the Adelaide carnival,” Bieg said.  “A race like the Dequetteville Stakes will be her goal next ...

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  • 2016 Magic Millions Yearling Draft – Coming soon

    January 20, 2016

    Ancient Lights-test2Lot 219 – Blackfriars / Ancient Lights – Outstanding filly in ever department. Strong, mature and is simply all class with one of the bests pedigrees in the sale. This filly is a half sister to Dance On Waves (her first yearling just sold for $725k in the Gold Coast) and very closely related to dual Gr1 winner Preferment. This filly is the complete package.


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  • Lakeside landslide from Onerous

    January 7, 2016

    Dash For Cash sprinter Onerous returned from a spell to land a brilliant first-up victory in the Le Pine Funerals Hcp at Sandown (1200m).

    The Team Hawkes galloper was bailed up between runners before charging through a gap at the furlong. He won running away by a half-length from Master Sommelier (Testa Rossa). “He was just too good for them,” trainer Wayne Hawkes said. “It was a super run and a brilliant ride by Dwayne Dunn.”

    Onerous (4g Dash For Cash – Amoroso by Revoque) had won at Bendigo, Seymour and Geelong as a three year-old before graduating to his first city ...

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  • Happy New Year for Lims Sincere

    January 2, 2016

    Lim's sincereHappy New Year for Lim’s Sincere

    Snippetson sprinter Lim’s Sincere maintained his consistent form with a front-running victory in the Happiness 2016 Stakes (1000m) in Singapore on New Year’s Day.

    The speedy three year-old has only missed the money once since a winning debut at Kranji in July and that was in the G3 Juvenile Championship behind top 2YO Super One. “He’s had a few problems but showed ability from Day 1,” trainer Steven Burridge said. “He was also a very excitable type of horse and always got stirred up.

    “We tried hold ...

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  • Snippets winner set for Sydney Championships

    December 15, 2015

    Royal TudorTrainer Rod Ollerton announced ambitious, long-term plans for Royal Tudor after the Snippetson three year-old won the Hyland Race Colours Hcp (1500m) at Rosehill.

    Royal Tudor improved his strike-rate to 4 wins in 8 starts with a narrow victory over More Than Fabulous on Saturday. Jockey Christian Reith steered a course close to the rails while the runner-up scouted wide from the second-half of the field.

    Ollerton will set him for the $400,000 Provincial Championships at Randwick in April.

    “He’s got a good record and is still a bit raw,” Ollerton said. “I ...

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  • Sniper pay day in Inglis Sprint

    December 12, 2015

    Lady SniperScenic Lodge sire Snippetson has banked another lucrative purse with Lady Sniper in the $250,000 Inglis Sprint (1100m) at Randwick.

    The Bjorn Baker trained filly will head for spell following a promising first prep in Sydney. “I told the owners she would be right in the finish,” Baker said after the filly scored by a neck despite scouting wide on Saturday. “She will go out now and come back in the autumn.”

    Lady Sniper (3f Snippetson – Lady Titus by Arena) is from a half-sister to the Mister C stakes winners Misty ...

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  • Commanding winner from Camperdown

    November 19, 2015

    Commanding-DashDash For Cash mare Commanding Dash gave part-owner Barry Phillips his first ever winner when she broke the ice on Wednesday evening.

    The grey mare powered her way to an impressive half-length victory in the Electro Rewind Plate (1200m) in Launceston.  Phillips reared her from a weanling and found it hard to contain his emotions when she delivered on the promise shown as a youngster.

    “It’s everything I thought it would be and then some,” Phillips said as tears flowed.  “We had high hopes for her early on but she wasn’t ready as ...

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  • Stakes hat-trick stuns

    November 11, 2015


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  • Blackfriars Takes Out Three Stakes Races In One Day…

    November 11, 2015

    Blackfriars drew level with legendary Sunspeed stallion Haulpak when Drive West delivered his 33rd stakes winner at Ascot on Saturday. 

    Drive West completed a black-type hat-trick for the Scenic Lodge champion in the LR Ascot Gold Cup (1800m) following the wins of London Line (LR Fairetha Quality) and Black Heart Bart (G2 Lee-Steere Stakes) earlier in the day.

    “What an incredible afternoon for Blackfriars,” Scenic Lodge general manager Jeremy Smith declared.  “I spoke to John Chalmers this morning and he could not recall a stallion winning three stakes races in one day in Perth for the last 50 years!”

    Blackfriars has sired 6 ...

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  • Scenic Lodge sires collaborate for Capricornia Classic

    November 7, 2015

    Ssecurity bellenippetson filly Security Belle will be set for the $100,000 Capricornia 2YO Classic (1200m) at Rockhampton after a dominant debut on Friday.
    Security Belle tracked the speed before bursting clear in the CQTBA Maiden Plate (1050m) at Callaghan Park. She hit the line two lengths in advance of Mishani Silva (Bradbury’s Luck) and Mim’s Poet (Poet’s Voice).
    “She’s got ability, alright,” trainer Fred Smith said. “She trialled well and did the job today although she’s still green. She will keep improving but is just going off her tucker so I’m ...

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  • Agents come calling for Kia Ora Koutou

    November 6, 2015

    kia ora koutou Vic DerbyTrainer Adam Durrant has received several offers for Kia Ora Koutou since the gelding was placed in the G1 Victoria Derby last Saturday.
    The Blackfriars three year-old was well beaten by Tarzino in the $1.50 million classic at Flemington but caught the eye with a powerful finish from the back half of the capacity field. He was hampered passing the 800m when Pay Up Bro shifted in abruptly making heavy contact.
    Kia Ora Koutou is a homebred for Durrant’s parents Geoff and Vicki and is from ...

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  • Blackfriars filly rebounds in Burgess Queen

    November 1, 2015

    Blackfriars has sired his 32nd stakes winner with untapped three year-old Blackwood.
    The Fred Kersley trained filly bounced back from a first-up defeat to win the LR Burgess Queen Stakes (1400m) at Ascot on Saturday.
    It was the fifth black-type result for Blackfriars in as many weeks following Young Lionel (LR Northam Cup), Black Heart Bart (LR Birthday Stakes & G3 Northerly Stakes) and Woodsville (LR Kalgoorlie Cup).
    The Scenic Lodge champion also sired Kia Ora Koutou to finish third in the G1 Victoria Derby at Flemington on Saturday.
    Blackwood (3f Blackfriars – Karriwood by Tobougg) was unbeaten in four ...

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  • Young Lionel signals big week for Blackfriars

    October 25, 2015

    Young Lionel is the latest black-type winner for Blackfriars following his half-length victory in the LR Northam Cup (1600m) on Sunday.
    The Scenic Lodge champion has now sired 31 stakes winners and it was his third Northam Cup in the last five editions following Son Of Something (2014) and Moneghetti (2011).
    The Avon Valley victory begins a big week for Blackfriars who has Kia Ora Koutou lining up as second-favourite for the G1 Victoria Derby at Flemington this Saturday.
    Young Lionel is trained by Lou Luciani and he also prepared the gelding’s dam Prime Again (Marooned) to win the 1994 ...

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  • Classic conquest by My Poppette

    October 24, 2015

    My Poppette gave her new owners Rob and Donna Love a quick return on their investment in the G2 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic (1600m) on Saturday.

    The Snippetson filly controlled proceedings in front and then increased the tempo to trounce her rivals by almost three lengths.  “I was able to dictate and we were home at the 600m,” jockey Mark Zahra said.  “She’s just getting better and improving the further she gets into the preparation.”

    My Poppette was bred and raced by Cranbourne’s Alderson family to win a juvenile stakes race at Flemington in April and she changed hands before returning to ...

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  • Million-dollar Mile beckons Bart

    October 22, 2015

    black heart bartTwo down, two to go – that’s the equation facing trainer Vaughn Sigley and Black Heart Bart.
    The Blackfriars sprinter-miler won the LR Birthday Stakes (1200m) first-up at Belmont on October 3 and backed up with an exciting victory in the G3 Northerly Stakes (1420m) at Ascot on Wednesday.

    Black Heart Bart and top mare Wink And A Nod (McFlirt) made their runs in tandem from the back of the field with Sigley’s stable star getting the verdict by a nose.  “We had to make a few adjustments with the ...

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  • Weir wraps Cash Gift

    October 20, 2015

    Darren Weir’s superb run continued at Swan Hill on Tuesday when he saddled promising maiden winner Patche Gift in the Warburton Carriers Plate (975m).

    Weir was in rare form at the Caulfield Cup carnival winning the G1 Toorak Hcp and then landing a stakes winning treble at The Heath on Saturday.  He has prepared the winners of 68 races in Victoria this season to top the trainers’ premiership ahead of David Hayes (48) and Peter Moody (32).

    Patche Gift was a drifting favourite but saluted by a half-length with apprentice Jye McNeil on board.  He was disappointed for a rails run in ...

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  • Rebel promotes Snippetson in Perth

    October 15, 2015

    Scenic Lodge sire Snippetson proved he’s still popular with buyers from the Eastern States and Asia at the Magic Millions 2YO Sale on Tuesday.
    Snippetson transferred to Western Australia from the Hunter Valley earlier this year and his half-dozen 2YOs averaged in excess of $70,000 at the Gold Coast.
    Topping the list was a $105,000 colt knocked down to Brisbane trainer Desleigh Forster.  An October 31 foal from Countess Dehere (Dehere), he’s a half-brother to 4 winners in Brisbane and Hong Kong and caught the eye with a slick breeze in 10.23s.

    Another pleasing aspect for the future was 5 of ...

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  • Blackfriars sires 30th stakes winner in Kal Cup

    October 6, 2015

    Blackfriars ticked another box in the black-type department when Woodsville won the LR Kalgoorlie Cup (2300m) on Sunday.

    WA’s champion sire dominated the Goldfields grand-finale with four of his runners – Woodsville, Black Moment, Drive West and Friarday – all finishing in the first five home.

    Woodsville is the 30th stakes winner by Blackfriars who stands at Scenic Lodge for a $12,000 (plus gst) service fee.

    The 2015 Kal Cup was a triumphant return for trainer Jeff Noske and his daughter Jerry who became the first female jockey to win the race. “We decided he was worthy of having a crack after winning ...

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  • Bart back to best in Birthday Stakes

    October 6, 2015

    Bart back to best in Birthday StakesRefreshed from routing last week’s Kalgoorlie Cup, Blackfriars switched the focus to Perth’s feature race on Saturday and he dominated again with Black Heart Bart in the LR Birthday Stakes (1200m).

    Black Heart Bart was racing in his home-state for the first time since in March. He was back in action for the locals following a meteoric rise last season winning the LR Carbine Club of WA Stakes, Summer Scorcher, Cyril Flower Stakes, Pinjarra Classic and Bunbury Stakes.

    Sent east, he finished an unlucky fourth in the G1 Goodwood at Morphettville and then travelled to Queensland ...

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  • Blackfriars warming up for summer carnival

    September 20, 2015

    BlackwoodScenic Lodge champion Blackfriars is warming up for another winning season with his current crop of three year-olds and the latest to emerge are last-start Belmont winners Sealed With A Kiss and Kia Ora Koutou.

    The Dan Morton trained Sealed With A Kiss split a dead-heat decision in the Westspeed Hcp (1200m) on Wednesday and was unlucky not to win outright.  His jockey Pat Carberry protested against Key To Fame alleging interference but the objection was dismissed by officials.

    Sealed With A Kiss (3g Blackfriars – Contiki Kiss by Scenic) is from the ...

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  • Snippetson enormous value at Scenic Lodge

    September 5, 2015

    Snippetson has entered the WA sires’ premiership in second spot after his mare Vergara scored a half-length victory in the LR Mona Lisa Stakes (1350m) on Friday.

    The former Hunter Valley stallion covered his first mares at Scenic Lodge this week and Vergara became his 9th stakes winner in the feature sprint at Wyong.

    When the first WA leader-board for 2015-16 was posted on Friday evening, Scenic Lodge champion Blackfriars ($343,702) led Snippetson ($180,201) and Rivercrest Park resident Due Sasso ($176,130).

    Vergara (5m Snippetson – Graces Spirit by Flying Spur) raced outside the leader Two Blue before edging clear after a two-horse war ...

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  • Blackfriars warms up for Kalgoorlie carnival

    September 5, 2015

    Blackfriars has assumed his customary spot at the top of the WA sires’ premiership following a four-timer at Belmont (Saturday) and Kalgoorlie (Sunday).

    The Scenic Lodge champion has been represented by 11 individual winners this month and is already on course for a sixth Sunspeed title in 2015-16.

    The winning weekend began with Ultimate Success scoring a back-to-form victory in the Westspeed Stayers’ Bonus Hcp (2200m) at Belmont. He is a younger half-brother to Group 1 star Scenic Shot and, while not in his class, has won 6 races for owners Bob & Sandra Peters.

    Ultimate Success (7g Blackfriars – Sweepshot by Dr ...

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  • Stallion Parade At Scenic lodge

    August 18, 2015

    Scenic Lodge will parade its stallions at Muchea this Sunday, August 23.

    Western Australia’s premier stud has been home to Sunspeed champion sires for the last 14 years! Current star Blackfriars has just claimed his fifth WA title in a row. He follows Scenic who won every premiership between 2002 and 2010.

    Incoming sire Snippetson will parade in front of WA broodmare owners for the first time. He was an Australian Top 10 2YO stallion by winners last season and the latest addition from that crop – Snippets Anchor – bolted in second-up for trainer Allan Denham on Friday.

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  • Fifth Title For Blackfriars

    August 5, 2015

    Awards night 2.blackfriarsBlackfriars
    has claimed a fifth WA sires’ premiership in row and his latest title continued the domination of Scenic Lodge in the Sunspeed State.  The Muchea based nursery has been home to WA champion sires for the last 14 years!

    It’s legendary stallion Scenic (Ire) rewrote the record books during his halcyon days in Western Australia.  His first locally bred two year-olds raced in 2001-02 and he was never headed claiming 9 premierships in a row until 2009-10.

    Blackfriars (Danehill) hasn’t missed ...

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  • Ruler Reminder For Breeders

    July 28, 2015

    rebel kingUniversal Ruler’s winning double at Belmont on Saturday was a timely reminder to broodmare owners with the covering season just weeks away.
    The Scenic Lodge stallion has built up one of the best strike-rates in the nation and he’s available at a $5,500 (plus gst) service fee this year.

    Jim Taylor’s filly Rule To Wyn won for the fifth time in the Westspeed 3YO Hcp (1000m) and Darren McAuliffe’s stable star Rebel King prevailed in a hair-raising finish to the LR Bolton Sprint (1200m).

    McAuliffe has been one of the young ...

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  • Snippetson Sires 10th Juvenile winner in Singapore

    July 19, 2015

    Scenic Lodge sire Snippetson was represented by his latest two year-old winner when newcomer Lim’s Sincere landed the Initiation Stakes (1000m) in Singapore on Friday.

    The Steven Burridge trained youngster had trialled reasonably well and was a lot more forward on debut under stable apprentice Syafiq Hazman. He jumped straight to the front but had to be bustled to head off Anak Penang who wouldn’t surrender the rails at Kranji.

    Given extra rein at the top of the straight, he responded to skip clear for a convincing victory. “That was a strong race but he’s shown ability from Day 1,” Burridge said. ...

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  • Career Best Season For Blackfriars

    July 13, 2015

    blackfriarsA ground-breaking season for Blackfriars reached another level at Belmont on Saturday when he achieved a career-high $4.36 million in prizemoney.
    It bettered his previous record of $4.29 million set in the 2011-12 season.
    Blackfriars is a few weeks away from winning his fifth Sunspeed sires’ title and he sits 22nd on the Australian premiership which is a truly amazing statistic for a stallion based in Western Australia throughout his stud career.
    A Belmont double on Saturday courtesy of Woodsville and Young Lionel contributed over $65,000 to the total. Both geldings ...

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  • Snippetson arrives at Scenic Lodge

    July 8, 2015

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  • 2015 Stallion Book now available

    June 23, 2015

    2015 Stallion Book featuring Blackfriars, Snippetson, Dash for Cash, Universal Ruler is out now.   Please call ph 95710155 or email the office for a copy.

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  • Sky’s the limit for Blackwood

    June 20, 2015

    BlackwoodThe sky’s the limit for Blackwood after the Fred Kersley trained filly stretched her unbeaten run at Belmont on Saturday.

    Blackwood is a homebred for Oakland Park owner Neville Duncan and the Blackfriars filly has now won four in a row since April. Saturday’s 4 length victory in the Westspeed Plate (1600m) followed a 7 length runaway a fortnight ago.

    “She’s clearly she’s an exceptional filly,” Kersley said. “I don’t know what the bottom is but at this stage I couldn’t ask for anything more and she will likely head for a spell.”

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  • Universal fillies Rule at Belmont

    June 12, 2015

    Last year’s champion WA freshman Universal Ruler is odds-on to collect the second-season title after siring a city double on Wednesday.

    The Scenic Lodge resident has sired the winners of 30 races and over $850,000 this season after his three year-old fillies Rule To Wyn and Fo’ Shizzle saluted at Belmont.

    Rule To Wyn scored by more than two lengths from odds-on favourite Volkoff. “She’s honest and appreciated Jordan Turner’s 3kg claim,” trainer Jim Taylor said. “We thought she would get a nice trail behind the leaders looking at the speed map and that’s how it panned out.”

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  • Blackwood sweeps Westspeed Plate

    June 8, 2015

    Trainer Fred Kersley attempted to put a lid on long-term goals for Blackwood after the Blackfriars filly swept her rivals aside at Belmont on Saturday.

    The runaway victory – she beat Black Cuban (Blackfriars) by 7 lengths – rates among the most impressive by a two year-old filly in Perth this season. The Westspeed Plate (1400m) completed an unbeaten hat-trick for the Oakland Park filly after earlier wins at Ascot & Belmont in April-May.

    “I’m surprised by the winning margin,” Kersley said. “I thought she might have lacked fitness but the others may not have been up to the class.”

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  • Knight Shines for Blackfriars

    June 1, 2015

    Shining Knight has landed his third black-type victory for owner-breeders Bob and Sandra Peters this season with a well-timed victory in the G3 Belmont Sprint (1400m).

    The Blackfriars gelding settled behind front-runners Fuchsia Bandana and Dawn Approach before launching a powerful finish in the final furlong.  Saturday’s half-length victory increased his earnings to $634,750 following summer carnival victories in the G3 Colonel Reeves Stakes and LR Crawford Stakes.

    “He’s doing a great job for us and that race was run to suit with the other two going strong in front,” Peters said.  “He’s a big, strong horse and the 59kg wasn’t a ...

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  • King Sized Strike Rate For Universal Ruler

    May 26, 2015

    Rebel King Rebel King has returned to his best form with an authoritative victory in the St Vincent De Paul Hcp (1000m) at Belmont.

    Apprentice Chloe Azzopardi had the bay travelling kindly on Saturday before sooling him to the front for a two-length win – his first since stringing four together during last year’s winter season.

    “He was only carrying 52kg so I got him rolling three-wide – I didn’t want to get caught up behind the leaders,” Azzopardi said.  “He’s a good horse and it was good win.”

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  • Blackfriars Century at Belmont

    May 11, 2015


    BlackfriarsformalChampion stallion Blackfriars broke through the 100 wins barrier this season with Blackwood on Saturday.
    Blackwood (2f Blackfriars – Karriwood by Tobougg) always looked the winner of the Budget Minibus Rental Plate (1400m) second-up at Belmont. She had scored on debut at Ascot last month for trainer Fred Kersley and owner-breeder Neville Duncan.
    “She’s a class filly and the step-up to 1400 metres was never a worry,” stable rep Karen Kersley said. “She very relaxed and had them covered a long way out.”
    Blackfriars has sired the winners of 100 races ...

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  • Demons win with Dash For Cash

    May 3, 2015

    Torquay trainer Stephen Cooper has married a love for the Melbourne Demons and Scenic Lodge sire Dash For Cash to Win another race with his tough gelding Carrera Dinero.

    Cooper has won 7 races with Carrera Dinero and they’re on a hat-trick after victories at Kilmore and at Geelong’s city meeting on Wednesday.  “I train him out of a paddock and we were back home within a hour of winning today,” Cooper said.  “He’s only had 36 starts – he took a while to settle down as a young horse but is pretty sensible now.

    “I only take him to the track once ...

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  • Spirited Anzac Day winner by Snippetson

    April 26, 2015

    Snippetson filly My Poppette will be spelled and set for the G1 VRC Oaks after opening her black-type account at Flemington on Saturday.

    Despite racing three-wide without cover, she toughed out a one-length victory in the LR Anzac Day Stakes (1400m) at headquarters.  “It was a big ask from a wide barrier but Mark (Zahra) was pretty confident,” co-trainer Cindy Alderson said.  “He let her stride forward and she hit the front pretty early but had enough left.

    “We’ve always felt the filly will get over ground and she will be given an opportunity in races like the Thousand Guineas and VRC ...

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  • Scenic Lodge Announce Stallion Fees For 2015.

    April 22, 2015

    Scenic Lodge has placed a $6,500 (plus gst) fee on Snippetson for his first Sunspeed book alongside champion sire Blackfriars this year.

    Snippetson is a proven, young stallion with an exciting future in Western Australia.  “His stock are very commercial and he produces what the market wants – fast, early maturing winners,” Scenic Lodge general manager Jeremy Smith said.  “He’s sired 8 individual 2YO winners this season and that ranks him in the Australian Top 5.

    “He’s the commercial sire the local industry has been demanding.”

    Blackfriars is on track to claim an amazing fifth WA Champion Sire award in a row this ...

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  • My Poppette firing for Snippetson

    April 15, 2015

    Incoming Scenic Lodge sire Snippetson is firing in the juvenile division and Melbourne filly My Poppette is among 7 of his two year-olds winners this season.My Poppette

    Trained by Colin and Cindy Alderson, she won on debut at Pakenham and then ran a bottler when runner-up to top colt Black Vanquish at Flemington last Saturday.

    My Poppette (2f Snippetson – Brompton’s Choice by Runyon) was nominated to back up in the $150,000 VOBIS Gold Ingot at Caulfield this weekend but she will be reserved for the LR Anzac Day Stakes (1400m) at Flemington ...

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  • Scenic Lodge signs Snippetson

    April 1, 2015

    snippetson headshot_400In a major coup for the local breeding industry, Scenic Lodge is proud to announce high-profile Hunter Valley stallion Snippetson has been secured to stand in Western Australia.

    In a deal brokered by local bloodstock agent Grant Burns, Scenic Lodge has acquired a majority shareholding in the proven son of Champion Australian sire Snippets.

    “Snippetson is a very exciting addition to our stallion ranks,” Burns said this week.  “He sires cracking types – just like himself – and they have always been well received at the yearling sales.

    “Two of his colts sold ...

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  • Blackfriars Supreme at Ascot

    March 18, 2015

    London Line joined the Blackfriars bandwagon in the LR Supremacy Stakes (1100m) at Ascot on Saturday.

    He is the 29th stakes winner for Scenic Lodge’s champion stallion who is well on the way to a fifth Sunspeed premiership with earnings over $2.75 million this season.

    London Line (2g Blackfriars – Line Of Flight by Bletchley Park) won on debut at Ascot in December and was the best of good things beaten when runner-up to Puteri Jewel on New Year’s Day.  Champion jockey Willie Pike took luck in running out of the equation by leading and the gelding kept finding in the straight ...

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  • Youl Dash dodges traffic jam at Ballarat

    March 13, 2015

    Dash For Cash completed a treble within 24 hours when Youl Dash For Cash lobbed as a $21 long-shot at Ballarat on Thursday.

    The Scenic Lodge stallion also sired Wednesday winners Dashiell (Sale) and Ash For Cash (Launceston).

    YOUL DASH FOR CASH (3g x Hill Part by Danehill Dancer) was appearing for just the second time in a 1600m maiden and he will continue to improve being out of a half-sister to G3 Victorian St Leger winner Teddy Bear.

    “He ran a big race first up at Kyneton and was a bit stiff not to win,” trainer Peter Gelagotis said.  “He travelled beautifully ...

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  • Second-to-none strike-rate by Universal Ruler

    March 2, 2015

    Universal Ruler has taken over with the top winning strike-rate for second deason sires in Australia.

    The Scenic Lodge resident has 15 individual winners from 31 starters this season (48%).  He leads Hunter Valley sires I Am Invincible (47%), Manhattan Rain (46%) and Medaglia d’Oro (44%) among those stallions with double-digit winner counts.

    Universal Ruler (Scenic) was WA Champion first-season stallion in 2013-14 and he finished fourth on the Australian premiership behind I Am Invincible, Denman and Duporth.

    His stats continued to improve in February with first-time winners She Rules All (Pinjarra), Military Reign (Bunbury) and Universal Moon (Ascot).

    Military Reign bolted in on debut ...

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  • Trainer Daniel Pearce is taking advantage of the Westspeed Stayers’ Bonus with his promising galloper Friarpak

    February 10, 2015

    The Blackfriars four year-old won a Bunbury maiden in his first 16 starts but has struck form with a winning hat-trick in the last month.  “He’s beginning to learn what it’s all about,” Pearce said.  “He’s maturing and progressing every start and is settling much better – he just lopes along and will stay all day.”

    Friarpak (4g Blackfriars – Annapak by Star Pak) commenced the purple-patch with comfortable victories over 2000 metres at Bunbury and Pinjarra before stepping up to 2200 metres at Ascot on Wednesday.  He’s a younger brother to Listed T J Smith Trophy winner Dominicano and cost ...

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  • Owner delighted with Onerous

    January 25, 2015

    OnerousDash For Cash sprinter Onerous has made a one-act affair of his return to racing in the Tour of Victoria Hcp (1109m) at Seymour.

    The three year-old grey colt started well in the red on Thursday and never gave favourite punters a moment’s worry in running.  He cruised past the leaders at the top of the straight and coasted home to score by more than two lengths under Dwayne Dunn.

    “He came back from a spell and trialled well at Werribee,” Dunn said.  “I knew he would be hard to beat today.  The ...

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  • Career-best signal from Blackfriars

    January 7, 2015

    Blackfriars is on track to equal career-best figures at stud after Black Heart Bart’s victory in the LR Summer Scorcher (1000m).

    The Scenic Lodge champion has sired 4 stakes winners of 6 stakes races with more than half the racing year remaining.  His most successful season in the black-type department was in 2011-12 when he was represented by 8 winners of 12 races.

    Black Heart Bart (4g Blackfriars – Sister Theresa by At Talaq) led home another feature quinella for his sire at the summer carnival.  He turned the tables on class act Shining Knight who had beaten him in the LR ...

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  • London to a brick on Blackfriars

    December 22, 2014

    First-starter London Line launched another winning weekend for Blackfriars in the Happy Birthday Aaron Rankine Plate (1000m) at Ascot.

    The champion Scenic Lodge stallion has now sired the winners of 50 races this season. Grey filly Cushryn was another of his debut winners on Saturday at Narrogin and Shining Knight added the LR Crawford Stakes later in the afternoon at Ascot.

    London Line (2g Blackfriars – Line Of Flight by Bletchley Park) raced greenly in the straight and shifted inwards near the furlong but had the class to collar War Chant filly Kentucky Lass right on the line.

    He is the first of ...

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  • Knight notches more black-type for Blackfriars

    December 21, 2014

    Perth owner-breeder Bob Peters celebrated a career-best afternoon with four stakes winners at Ascot on Saturday.

    Blackfriars was the only Sunspeed-based stallion to provide a winner among the quartet when Shining Knight claimed the LR Crawford Stakes (1000m).  The Grant Williams trained gelding had notched his first black-type success in the LR Colonel Reeves Stakes last month.

    Peters also won the LR WA St Leger with Real Love (Desert King), LR Starstruck Classic with Real Charm (Reset) and G2 Cox Stakes with Elite Belle (Canny Lad).

    Shining Knight led home a Blackfriars quinella with a half-length to spare over Black Heart Bart who ...

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  • Champagne double for Blackfriars

    December 14, 2014

    Blackfriars can sire his second G3 WA Oaks winner in three years with untapped filly French Champagne.

    The Oakland Park homebred had won a Northam maiden on December 4 and claimed the Kryptonite Hcp (1600m) despite a wide trip at Ascot on Saturday. “She’s doing it on raw ability at the moment,” trainer Shane Quilty said. “We will have to sit down and map out the best way of attacking the WA Oaks.”

    The $250,000 WA Oaks (2400m) is scheduled for March 28. Blackfriars filly Pop Culture won the classic in 2012.

    French Champagne (3f Blackfriars – Champagne Amore by Xaar) is from ...

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  • Bart conquers Carbine Club Stakes

    November 25, 2014

    Trainer Vaughn Sigley has Group 1 plans for Black Heart Bart after the gelding’s remarkable victory in the LR Carbine Club Stakes (1400m) at Ascot. Black Heart Bart is untapped and he became the 28th stakes winner for Scenic Lodge champion Blackfriars on Super Saturday. Sigley is already looking forward to the G1 Railway Stakes in 12 months – his rising star was balloted out this year after close-up finishes in the G3 Asian Beau Stakes and G3 R J Peters Stakes. The lightly-raced four year-old had a lone Bunbury maiden win to his credit before inhaling the leaders in ...

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  • Discounted Delicacy for Scenic Lodge

    November 18, 2014

    Bob Peters isn’t the only Sunspeed breeder with a vested interest in G3 Champion Fillies Stakes (1600m) winner Delicacy.

    Delicacy (3f Al Maher – Simply Wicked by Scenic) is a homebred for Peters and she didn’t go around a horse to defeat Dancing Express (Oratorio) and stablemate Ideal Image (More Than Ready) at Ascot on Saturday.

    The placegetters will clash again in the G2 WA Guineas (1600m) on Super Saturday.

    Scenic Lodge general manager Jeremy Smith will be hoping Delicacy can double up after buying her dam earlier this year.  “Bob had a reduction at the Inglis ...

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  • Dame dominant at Ascot

    November 17, 2014

    Furious Dame will butter up in the G2 WA Guineas after running a sprint field ragged at Ascot on Saturday.

    Furious Dame will butter up in the G2 Guineas after running a sprint field ragged at Ascot on Saturday. The Universal Ruler filly has endured a less than ideal preparation for the classic but trainer Darren McAuliffe believes she can give plenty of cheek in the $400,000 feature for three year-olds.

    “She’s fit and has been trained to run a mile.  If there’s a leader-bias, they might be spotting her three or four lengths at the 400
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  • Culture Shock at Ascot

    November 10, 2014

    Pop Culture won her second LR Ascot Gold Cup (1800m) on Saturday and connections will be hoping for better luck in the lead-up to the G2 Perth Cup on New Year’s Day.

    The Blackfriars mare loomed up on the home turn to land her latest black-type victory by three quarters of a length from Rebelson (Snippetson) and Fancy Feet (Fath). It improved her record to 4 wins in 6 starts over the track and distance.

    “They underestimate her at their own peril over 1800m at Ascot,” trainer Col Webster said after she caused a $37 shock on Saturday. “We set ...

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  • Rebels Rule for Impressive Racing

    November 8, 2014

    Universal Ruler is off to a winning start with his second crop after jump-and-run filly Rebel Queen claimed the Westspeed 2YO Plate (1100m) at Ascot.

    The Scenic Lodge young gun finished fourth on the Australian first-season premiership in 2013-14 and was a country mile ahead of anything else in Western Australia. He has sired the winners of 14 races from that crop to date – the most recent being flying filly Furious Dame. Rebel Queen (2f Universal Ruler – Rebel Sister by Falbrav) started an even-money favourite on debut and dominated a field of first-timers on Saturday. “She’s a real professional ...

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  • Blackfriars Shines in Colonel Reeves

    November 5, 2014

    First-up specialist Shining Knight gave champion sire Blackfriars his 27th stakes winner in the G3 Colonel Reeves Stakes (1100m) at Ascot on Tuesday.

    Shining Knight (6g Blackfriars – Cool Business by Key Business) pushed out of a pocket turning for home and sprinted clear for a one length victory over Testamezzo (Testa Rossa). Owner-breeder Bob Peters was winning the Colonel Reeves for a third time following Avante (Hurricane Sky) and Lady Belvedere (Royal Academy).

    “It’s nice to win this race again – he’s been close up in some big races and the blinkers sharpened him up today,” Peters said. “The ...

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  • Group 1 draws Son of Blackfriars

    October 27, 2014

    Son Of Something booked a berth in the G1 Kingston Town Classic after winning the LR Northam Cup on Sunday.

    The son of Blackfriars dead-heated with Rebelson in the first split-decision since the race was launched in 1863. Class mare Bippo No Bungus was less than a length away third.

    Son Of Something will now be given the chance to emulate Blackfriars star Playing God who won two editions of the Kingston Town in 2010 and 2011. His trainer Adam Durrant finished fifth in the 2013 Classic with Mr Moet.

    Durrant had described Son Of Something as a work in progress ...

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  • Morton labels Low Tide

    October 21, 2014

    blackfriarsTrainer Dan Morton has labelled Low Tide as a horse who could develop into a talented stayer this season.  The Blackfriars four year-old resumed racing over 1200m last month and he stretched out to win at 1730m at Ascot on Saturday.

    “He’s been frustrating but his work showed us we were heading in the right direction,” Morton said.  “It’s good to chalk one up and we’ve earmarked him for much further.”

    Low Tide (4g Blackfriars – True Believer by Is It True) chimed in to ...

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  • Kirani perfect for Pat Hyland

    October 21, 2014

    Dash for CashDash For Cash gelding Kirani has turned the corner with a perfect strike-rate for trainer Pat Hyland this season.

    The Cranbourne based galloper was a front-running winner first-up at Sale on October 1 before chasing down the leader for an impressive victory in the Peter Horobin Saddlery Hcp (1400m) at his home track on Friday evening.

    Kirani (4g Dash For Cash – Clay Finale by Clay Hero) was bred by the late Bill Lanyan with a Dash For Cash service fee that was a present from Pat’s son Sam ...

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  • Weekend Double for Universal Ruler

    September 22, 2014

    Universal Ruler is shaping up for another successful season following his Sunspeed freshman title in 2013-14.

    The Scenic Lodge stallion completed a weekend double with Solar Rule (Belmont) and Let Me Impress (Northam) and is now fourth on the Australian second-season premiership behind Darley sires Medaglia d’Oro & Denman and Victorian based Wanted.

    SOLAR RULE (3g Universal Ruler – Soleil Vitesse by Ron Bon) toughed out a strong win at his first start in the Westspeed 3YO Hcp (1400m) on Saturday. “He’s better than average and we were pretty confident,” stable spokesman Geoff van de Molen said. “We have a good opinion ...

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  • Scenic Lodge Blasts Boulder Cup

    September 16, 2014

    imageRed Blast led home a black-type quinella for Scenic Lodge in the LR Boulder Cup (2100m) on Sunday.

    The son of former Scenic Lodge stallion Universal Prince defeated the favourite Ram Jam (Blackfriars) by a half-length on the opening day of the Goldfields carnival.

    Red Blast (5g Universal Prince – Classy Charmer by Regal Classic) was runner-up in the Coolgardie Cup last month and he will back-up in the LR Kalgoorlie Cup next Saturday. The gelding took time to mature and trainer Dan Morton helped him settle by applying hooded blinkers.

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  • Birthday surprise for Blackfriars

    September 10, 2014

    Drive West pulled off a king-sized upset courtesy of a rails run in the Barony’s 40th Birthday Hcp (1600m) at Belmont on Saturday.

    The Blackfriars gelding paid $90 on the WA TAB but it wasn’t a total surprise for trainer Joe Miller.  “He’s a tough horse, alright,” Miller said.  “The stewards told me a couple of months ago I was racing him too much and that he needed a spell.


    “I don’t know about that – he’s a stayer and we’ve gotta work every day so they can, too.  Anyway, I gave him a ...

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  • Dash For Cash Runner Onerous Blitzed Rivals In First Start at Bendigo

    August 26, 2014

    Dash-For-CashDash For Cash unearthed another potential stakes winner when first-starter Onerous blitzed his rivals at Bendigo on Sunday.

    Onerous is a member of Team Hawkes and he was heavily backed into a $2 favourite for the Zonta International Plate (1100m).   He travelled without cover behind the leaders before cruising to the front at the furlong.

    The grey colt accelerated under Dwayne Dunn to score by nearly two lengths from Godolphin filly Miniver (Bernardini) who also appeals as a promising type for the future.

    Onerous (3c Dash ...

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  • Ram Jam in the zone at Belmont

    August 19, 2014

    Ram JamTrainer Darren McAuliffe rated Ram Jam a stayer with future after a Pinjarra maiden in July 2013 and that prediction is playing out in full this year.

    Ram Jam (4g Blackfriars – Nurse Betty by Johannesburg) put up a picket-fence with another determined victory in the Westspeed Stayers Hcp (2000m) at Belmont on Saturday.  He is unbeaten in five starts since returning from a 20 week spell with wins at Kalgoorlie (2), Northam and Belmont Park (2).

    “He’s a different Blackfriars being a bit finer than most of them,” McAuliffe ...

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  • Swag of Titles for Scenic Lodge

    August 5, 2014

    Scenic Lodge champion Blackfriars has claimed the West Australian sires’ premiership for the fourth year in a row.

    BlackfriarsBlackfriars (Danehill) was represented by 61 individual winners for prizemoney of $3,705,215. His chief earner was G2 Perth Cup winner Black Tycoon with $482,100.

    Among his other black-type winners were Kerrific (G3 R J Peters Stakes), Prentice (G3 WA Sires’ Produce Stakes), Playing God (LR Northerly Stakes) and Pop Culture (LR Detonator Stakes).

    “It’s an outstanding achievement,” Scenic Lodge general manager Jeremy Smith said. “His progeny have dominated in WA and, with some quality books in ...

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  • First foal of the Season for Blackfriars

    July 28, 2014

    Scenic lodges first foal of the season was born last night.(26th). A beautiful filly by Blackfriars out of Ortessa.Blackfriars first foal

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  • Rebel Rates Highly In Perth

    July 1, 2014

    Rebel King was sent for a spell immediately after scoring a brave victory burdened with 60kg in the Westspeed Nursery (1000m) at Belmont on Saturday.

    The son of Scenic Lodge freshman Universal Ruler was winning his fourth city race in a row for Impressive Racing and trainer Darren McAuliffe. “He’s had a good prep and is already in the paddock,” McAuliffe said on Tuesday. “I will discuss our options with the owners later this month.”

    Rebel King (2g Universal Ruler – Rebel Sister by Falbrav) overcame difficulties to defeat Sheidel by a nose at his last outing for the season. “It was ...

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  • Rebel King on fire

    June 26, 2014

    Rebel KingScenic Lodge freshman Universal Ruler is building support for his next book on the back of a winning hat-trick by Rebel King. Rebel King (2g Universal Ruler – Rebel Sister by Falbrav) was stepping up to 1200 metres for the first time but never looked vulnerable in the Westspeed 2YO Hcp at Belmont on Saturday. He free-wheeled in front to win by over a length and there were a few more in reserve. “He had a setback and missed a bit of work since ...

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  • Classic Mission for Benall

    June 13, 2014

    Blackfriars two year-old Benall will make his debut at Flemington on Saturday and trainer Geoff Cousins is already looking ahead to the G1 Victoria Derby on November 1.

    Blackfriars won the 1999 Victoria Derby and is poised for a fourth WA sires’ premiership from his base at Scenic Lodge north of Perth.

    Benall (2g Blackfriars – Miss Megari by Toy Pindarri) is named after bushranger Ben Hall and will face the starter for the first time in the Eugene Gorman Handicap (1400m) at headquarters.

    “Since Day 1, he has just kept improving,” Cousins told Racing Victoria journalist Daniel Miles this week. “I wanted ...

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  • Winning Foundations at Scenic Lodge

    June 5, 2014

    Scenic Lodge highlighted a hectic week on the East and West coasts with four winners at Northam on Monday.

    Sunspeed champion Blackfriars dominated with a treble and freshman Universal Ruler sired his latest two year-old winner at the Foundation Day meeting. Incoming Scenic Lodge stallion Dash For Cash made it a full-house when his gelding Carrera Dinero chimed in at Wodonga on Monday.

    General Manager Jeremy Smith and Stud Manager Damien Kirwan spent last week at the Magic Millions National Sale and returned home on the long weekend with five
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  • Rebel King Rules at Belmont Park

    May 20, 2014

    Rebel kingRebel King propelled his sire Universal Ruler into the Top 10 on the Australian first-season premiership with another hollow victory at Belmont Park on Saturday.

    The brilliant youngster has won both his starts by four lengths untouched since resuming from a spell and trainer Darren McAuliffe confirmed he will be back at Belmont searching for a hat-trick in a fortnight.

    Rebel King (2g Universal Ruler – Rebel Sister by Falbrav) started a $1.16 favourite and was in a race of his own blitzing the Del Basso Smallgoods Hcp (1000m). “They were Black ...

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  • Kool Winner Collects Cash

    May 20, 2014

    Promising grey gelding Arrikool has punched his ticket out of the provincials after a running double at Kilmore and Bendigo.

    Trainer Sheila Arnold was already formulating future plans after the son of Scenic Lodge sire Dash For Cash won the Universal On McCrae Hcp (1600m) on Thursday.

    “He’s going places the way he put them away,” Arnold predicted as her son Steven brought the four year-old back to scale at Bendigo. “My other son Doug has put a lot of work into him and Steven applied the polish today.

    Arrikool (4g Dash For Cash – Aunty Hilda by Nassipour) commenced his career winning ...

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  • Stallion Fee’s Announced for 2014 – Reduced Fee for Blackfriars

    May 8, 2014

    Scenic Lodge Stallions

    As Blackfriars careers ahead of his rivals for a fourth consecutive Sunspeed sires’ premiership, Scenic Lodge has reduced his 2014 service fee to $17,600 (inc gst).

    “We have made the decision to reduce Blackfriars by 20% due to current market conditions in Western Australia,” Scenic Lodge general manager Jeremy Smith explained.  “It will ensure he remains accessible to as many local breeders as possible.

    “Dash For Cash is also standing here for his first season in WA and we will be supporting him with a large number ...

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  • Dash For Cash arrives at Scenic Lodge

    April 16, 2014

    New WA stallion Dash For Cash has settled into his new home at Scenic Lodge in Muchea.

    The Group 1 Australian Guineas winner’s shift West has coincided with an avalanche of winners since April 1.

    Featured in todays TAB Form.       Pictured with Damien Kirwan and Jeremy Smith.image


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  • Scene stealer collects Cash

    April 15, 2014

    Talented sprinter Dashiell was an omen tip at Geelong last week.

    The son of incoming Scenic Lodge sire Dash For Cash is named after Cate Blanchett’s son and he won shortly after the Australian star was awarded the Best Actress Oscar for Woody Allen’s film Blue Jasmine.

    The four-legged Dashiell is from the Testa Rossa mare Blanchett.  The dam is a sister to Magic Millions 3YO Trophy winner Tereschenko.

    Dashiell was patiently ridden by Matthew Allen in the Channel 31 News Maiden (1200m).  Starting odds-on at $1.50, he was caught wide but was always travelling well.  After swinging around the home turn, he ...

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  • Prentice Emulates God Has Spoken

    April 15, 2014

    Sunspeed champion Blackfriars sired his second winner of the G3 WA Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on Saturday but it wasn’t the one pre-post punters had banked on.
    Blackfriars filly Big Caroline was right in the market but was injured on the eve of the race.
    Her stablemate Prentice was one of the outsiders paying $86 in the Sires’ Produce but he stepped up to the plate to emulate 2009 winner God H
    Prentice (2g Blackfriars – Stella Vision by Scenic) is trained by Simon Foster for owners Dan and Julie Love and the result was a windfall for his connections.  Unplaced in four ...

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  • Winning Ticket for Waller

    April 11, 2014

    winning ticketPremier Sydney trainer Chris Waller warmed up for The Championships with an eye-catching winner by Blackfriars at Hawkesbury on Thursday.

    Winning Ticket (4g Blackfriars – Belle De Plume by Military Plume) was still six lengths off the lead in the Camp Quality Hcp (2000m) but, under a well-timed ride by Hugh Bowman, he flashed home to nail long-shot Deshaa who looked home at the furlong.

    A homebred for Perth based Belhus Racing, the up-and-coming stayer was racing past ...

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  • The spirit of the Thoroughbred Exhibition

    April 8, 2014

    gilly Congratulation to Gilly Huber who last night won the award for Best in Show. at The Spirit of the Thoroughbred Exhibition at Ascot Racecourse in Perth.

    Gilly based her pastel painting “Neigh-bours” on two of Scenic Lodges Yealings, attending our February Yearling open day and taking over 180 photos.

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  • True talent by Hurricane Sky

    March 20, 2014

    true stormTrue Storm has been placed to perfection by Jim Taylor and he is scanning the calendar looking for another suitable race at Ascot.

    Taylor claimed the Hurricane Sky mare is a pleasure to train after she won the Keys Bros Solutions Hcp (1200m) on Saturday.  “She always gives her best and is always in the money,” he said.  “I hope they don’t penalise her too many points – she only won by a half-head – there’s sure to be a nice mares race for her ...

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  • Splash sparkles for Scenic Lodge

    March 15, 2014

    splash of moet 2Rejuvenated sprinter Splash Of Moet landed a plunge for premiership trainer Peter Moody at the Bendigo metro meeting on Saturday.

    The daughter of Scenic Lodge sire Dash For Cash was racing first-up after a change of stables in the Daiquiri King Hcp (1100m).  After firming sharply into second favouritism, the grey mare settled at the back of the field and then launched a lethal finish down the centre of the track to overhaul the leader Rich Jack.

    “I’m impressed – ...

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  • Talented sprinter Dashiell was an omen tip at Geelong last week.

    March 12, 2014

    The son of incoming Scenic Lodge sire Dash For Cash is named after Cate Blanchett’s son and he won shortly after the Australian star was awarded the Best Actress Oscar for Woody Allen’s film Blue Jasmine. 

    The four-legged Dashiell is from the Testa Rossa mare Blanchett.  The dam is a sister to Magic Millions 3YO Trophy winner Tereschenko 

    Dashiell was patiently ridden by Matthew Allen in the Channel 31 News Maiden (1200m).  Starting odds-on at $1.50, he was caught wide but was always travelling well.  After swinging around the home turn, he let down and charged ...

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  • Scenic Lodge in conjunction with Swettenham Stud has signed proven sire Dash For Cash to stand in Western Australia

    February 26, 2014

    Dash For Cash (Secret Savings) has sired the winners of over $17 million headed by 20 individual stakes performed horses and his career strike-rate is very high 64% winners-to-runners.  

    Formerly based at Swettenham Stud in Victoria, he is a regular in the Australian Top 50 sires and, more importantly, his stock are suited to Australian conditions and like him are sound horses that show natural early ability and then improve and train on.  

    Dash For Cash was a sensation on the track after a two year-old season that saw him ...

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  • Blackfriars is the benchmark for Sunspeed stallions since winning his first WA title three years ago

    February 25, 2014

    The Scenic Lodge champion attracted all the top judges at the Perth Magic Millions and his Top 5 on the leader-board will be trained by Neville Parnham (2), Lou & Dion Luciani, Peter Giadresco and Justin Warwick.

    Parnham bought the Blackfriars three-quarter brother to his stable stars Playing God and God Has Spoken catalogued as Lot 77 for $110,000.  “He’s a very mature colt bred on the Blackfriars over Scenic cross,” Scenic Lodge’s Jeremy Smith said.  “Strong-boned, well-grown and with a touch of class.”

    The Blackfriars – Scenic nick has already produced ...

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  • Impressive debut by Rebel King

    February 6, 2014

    Impressive Racing’s managing owner Kevin Berry is looking forward to the Magic Millions Perth 2YO Classic with his unlucky first starter Rebel King.

    Rebel King (2g Universal Ruler – Rebel Sister by Falbrav) finished third, beaten a length, by Palace Intruder in the Westspeed 2YO Plate (1000m) at Ascot last Saturday.  Beaten jockey Willie Pike lodged a protest against the winner alleging interference on straightening but it was dismissed.

    After denying the objection, stewards charged winning jockey Paul Harvey with careless riding.  He was suspended for shifting outwards at the 300m and bumping and unbalancing Rebel King.


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    February 5, 2014

    Todays Tab Form – Article by Robert Edwards on Scenics Yearling Draft. 




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  • Crystal clear challenge for WA Oaks

    January 19, 2014

    Lot 28Blackfriars filly Crystal Gardens can secure a third fillies’ classic in as many seasons for her sire in the 2014 WA Oaks.
    The Adam Durrant trained filly is emerging as the next star on the horizon for the Scenic Lodge champion.
    Crystal Gardens (3f Blackfriars – Danni’s Crystal by Johann Quatz) powered home to win the Westspeed Hcp (1600m) at Ascot on Saturday. Still in her first preparation, she had won a Bunbury maiden on debut in December.
    “She’s heading in the right direction,” Durrant said. “And ...

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  • Scenic Blast Stakes

    January 15, 2014


    Monday the 13th of January saw former Australian Racehorse of the year and 3 time Group 1 winner Scenic Blast lead out the field in the inaugural Scenic Blast Stakes.
    SCENIC BLAST the explosive West Australian sprint sensation who beat the best speedsters in Australia and Europe, was named the 2009 Australian Racehorse of the Year
    Scenic Blast now retired ( Scenic-Daughter’s Charm) was bred by Durham Lodge/Scenic Lodge at Muchea in Western Australia.
    The race was won by Dueton in an exciting photo finish over ...

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  • Perth Cup benefit for Blackfriars

    January 3, 2014

    Perth CupBlack Tycoon turned the G2 Perth Cup (2400m) into a benefit for champion sire Blackfriars at Ascot on New Year’s Day.

    The Scenic Lodge champion sired three of the first four home in Perth’s premier staying event.  Black Tycoon (8g Blackfriars – Dame Fontaine by Last Tycoon) split a wall of horses inside the final furlong to win by a short head from Blackfriars millionaire God Has Spoken.

    Ask Me Nicely (Ustinov) finished third ahead of Blackfriars gelding Rohan who was attempting to complete a WA Derby – ...

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  • Scenic Lodge Shines at Ascot

    December 22, 2013

    Scenic Lodge wrapped up another successful summer afternoon when Wild Stratus and Shining Knight book-ended the C B Cox Stakes meeting at Ascot on Saturday.

    In the last month, Scenic Lodge champion Blackfriars has sired Ascot feature winners Kerrific (R J Peters Stakes), Black Tycoon (Tattersalls Cup), Son Of Something (Country Challenge Final) and Pop Culture (ATA Cup).

    Scenic Lodge owners David and Jeremy Smith also bred Newton Prince (Universal Prince) to a Listed victory in the Aquanita Stakes a fortnight ago and Jeremy doubled up with Wild Stratus in Race 1 on Saturday.

    Wild Stratus (3f Hurricane Sky ...

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  • Blackfriars Buffs Perth Cup

    December 20, 2013

    pop culture colin websterScenic Lodge sire Blackfriars has a vice-like grip on the G2 Perth Cup with Rohan, Black Tycoon and Pop Culture dominating markets for the $500,000 feature on New Year’s Day

     Rohan is the pre-post favourite at $4 ahead of Black Tycoon and Pop Culture on the second line at $8.

    Pop Culture (5m Blackfriars – Georgia’s Storm by Metal Storm) signalled she will be a force in Perth’s ...

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  • Son of a gun wins Country Challenge Final

    December 18, 2013

    Son Of Something had a head-start on his rivals despite a wide draw in the Country Challenge Final (1500m) at Ascot on Saturday.

    The promising four year-old was always going to be the testing material with Perth’s reigning champions William Pike, Adam Durrant and Blackfriars in his corner. Son Of Something (4g Blackfriars – Miss Something by Fimiston) took the short way home in the straight to defeat Danish Delight by two lengths. “That was a gem of a ride,” stable foreman Jason Miller said as Pike returned to scale. “He got back but didn’t panic and then picked his way ...

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  • First black-type winner by Universal Prince

    December 9, 2013

    newton prince1

    Newton Prince notched the first black-type win for former Scenic Lodge sire Universal Prince at Ascot on Saturday.

    The Dan Pearce trained gelding appreciated the quick tempo set by tearaway leader Heart Show in the LR Aquanita Stakes (1800m).  Ridden a patient race by Jarrad Noske, he was more than a dozen lengths in arrears at one stage before cruising to the front at the top of the straight.

    Newton Prince (3g Universal Prince – Newton Bewley by Blackfriars) kept finding in the final furlong to deny the favourite Balmont Girl by ...

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  • Pearce predicts bright future for Prince

    December 3, 2013

    newton princePromising three year-old Newton Prince will be given an early opportunity in black-type company after cruising to victory in the Westspeed Hcp (1500m) at Ascot last Saturday.

    Trainer Dan Pearce will nominate him for the LR Aquanita Stakes (1800m) fifth time out this weekend.

    Newton Prince (3g Universal Prince – Newton Bewley by Blackfriars) overhauled Shades Of Rio (Oratorio) with a performance that had Pearce singing his praises on Saturday.  “I’ve got a huge opinion of ...

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  • Tycoon triumphs in Tattersall’s Cup

    November 25, 2013

    Saturday, 23rd November 2013
    Black Tycoon’s victory in the LR Tattersall’s Cup (2100m) at Ascot was a triumph for trainer Justin Warwick.

    A former champion horseman in the harness industry, Warwick realised Black Tycoon needed a longer trip that the Railway Stakes (1600m) and that was borne out on Super Saturday.

    “He was qualified for the Railway Stakes and I tried to get some weight on him for that race,” Warwick said. “But it didn’t work – he’s much better going over more distance than a mile.”

    Black Tycoon (8g Blackfriars – Dame Fontaine by Last Tycoon) had won the G3 Hyperion ...

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  • Blackfriars Quinella in Northerly Stakes

    October 21, 2013Blackfriars

    Scenic Lodge The bulk of the Northerly Stakes prizemoney helped champion Blackfriars returned to the top of the Sunspeed sires’ premiership when Playing God defeated Rohan in the LR Northerly Stakes (1400m) on Saturday.

    In a surprise result for punters, the Blackfriars quinella paid over $304 on the WA TAB.

    Playing God (6h Blackfriars – Dolly Will Do by Rubiton) had been winless since winning the G1 Kingston Town Stakes in December 2011 but trainer Neville Parnham was confident he would go well when racing returned to Ascot.

    “I made no secret of the fact he’s been flying – the only worry was ...

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  • Bright Future for Fresco Friar

    October 1, 2013

    Blackfriars gelding Fresco Friar could be the next feature winner to emerge for Ascot trainer Gino Poletti.

    Poletti believes Fresco Friar is a WA Derby type and will probably spell him after a last-to-first victory in the Westspeed 3YO Hcp (1400m) at Belmont last Wednesday.

    Fresco Friar (3g Blackfriars – Turkmenia by Spinning World) finished midfield on debut in August and then looked a good thing beaten when he just failed to catch Lady By Chance on September 4.

    The lightly-raced galloper broke through when stepping up a furlong third time out at Belmont.  He produced a barnstorming finish to defeat last-start winner ...

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  • The buzz surrounding Universal Ruler continues to grow

    September 25, 2013

    universalRulerIt’s only early days but the buzz surrounding Universal Ruler continues to grow in advance of the Initial Plate (1000m) at Belmont. 

    The Scenic Lodge freshman will be double-handed in Perth’s first two year-old event of the season in just over a fortnight.  

    Ascot trainer Shane Quilty has several youngsters heading to the Initial Plate and his Universal Ruler colt Universal King is rated the stable pick after an impressive hit-out at Lark Hill a fortnight ago.  Versed Remedy backed that up with a promising trial win at Lark Hill on Tuesday morning.  ...

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  • Initial plate program for Universal King

    September 22, 2013

    Ascot trainer Shane Quilty has wheeled out several early-goers in trials this month and he rates Universal King as the stable’s leading candidate for Perth’s opening event of the two year-old season. 

    Universal King is a son of Scenic Lodge sire Universal Ruler and he’s on track for the $60,000 Westspeed Initial Plate (1000m) at Belmont on October 12.  

    “He’s a nice type, alright,” Quilty said.  “Tall, athletic and with a beautiful temperament.”  

    Universal King (2c Universal Ruler – Royal Agenda by At Talaq) finished a half-head second to stablemate Fathing Fast (Fath) in a Lark Hill hit-out on September 9.  “Fathing Fast ...

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  • Blackfriars First Foal Of The Season

    August 21, 2013

    Blackfriars has sired his first foal of the season at Scenic Lodge with a colt from Zed Magic.

    Zed Magic (Zedrich) won a Bunbury maiden for trainer Neville Parnham and then graduated to three city victories at Ascot.

    Parnham purchased Zed Magic for $30,000 from Evergreen Lodge at the 2008 Perth Magic Millions and she paid her way earning $80,000 before retiring last year.

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  • Business as usual for Blackfriars

    August 4, 2013Awards Night

    The start of the current season might be the closest his rivals see of champion sire Blackfriars.  An opening-day double at Belmont put him on the front foot, if he wasn’t an odds-on favourite already, for a fourth Sunspeed premiership.

    The Scenic Lodge stallion doubled the earnings of his nearest challenger in 2012-13 and he was back in business with Midnight Shimmer and Friarday in Races 1 and 2 on Saturday. 

    Both winners are trained by Grant Williams for a syndicates that include Elio and Jacqui Galante. The Perth couple also race Blackfriars stakes winner Moneghetti with Scenic Lodge owner David Smith. ...

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  • Rulers Impress McAuliffe

    July 20, 2013

    Ascot trainer Darren McAuliffe is upbeat about the future of his Blackfriars two year-old Ram Jam.

    Ram Jam (2g Blackfriars – Nurse Betty by Johannesburg) won the Pinjarra Park on Facebook Maiden (1400m) on Thursday after powering panels clear at the top of the straight.  “He’s a different Blackfriars and is a bit finer than most of them,” McAuliffe said.  “But there’s plenty of staying ability in him.”

    Ram Jam has a rising two year-old half-sister by Universal Ruler who stands alongside Blackfriars at Scenic Lodge.  And if McAuliffe is optimistic about Ram Jam, he positively bubbles with enthusiasm when previewing the ...

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  • Black-type Touch back at Belmont

    July 8, 2013

    Scenic Lodge champion Blackfriars was back in black with Summah’s Touch on Saturday.

    Summah’s Touch (3f Blackfriars – Hollywood Touch by Citidancer) had won the LR Belmont Guineas (1600m) last month and was untroubled to claim the second-leg of Perth’s winter features in the LR Belmont Oaks (2000m).

    She will start a pronounced favourite for the LR Belmont Classic (2200m) on July 20.

    Summah’s Touch led home a Blackfriars procession in the Belmont Oaks ahead of Elle On Friar (2nd), Pants On Friar (4th), Charm Destiny (6th), All Primed Up (9th) and Atheli (14th).

    “She went around in the Guineas for a good hit-out,” ...

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  • In Camera clicks again for Scenic

    July 1, 2013

    Scenic sired 72 stakes winners during a successful stud career and he’s well on the way to equalling that figure as a broodmare sire.

    His youngest broodmares are only seven year-olds and they have foaled 37 stakes winners to date including young sires Nicconi (Widden), Von Costa de Hero (Darley) and WA based Demerit (Taunton Vale).

    His old home-base at Scenic Lodge in Muchea also stands his stakes winning son Universal Ruler whose first crop two year-olds are due out in 2013-14.

    Few of his daughters have been as successful as In Camera.  A Eureka Stud bred mare, she was initially owned by ...

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  • Blackfriars stampede at Belmont

    June 23, 2013

    The Blackfriars bandwagon is turning into an all-out stampede in Perth.  The Scenic Lodge champion sired his 24th stakes winner when Summah’s Touch stormed to a Listed victory in the Belmont Guineas (1600m) on Saturday.

    Blackfriars has sired the winners of 10 stakes races this season and he’s dominated the black-type calendar since racing switched to Belmont last month.  There have been 5 stakes races run since then and he’s won 4 of them – Moneghetti (LR York Stakes), Kerrific (G3 Belmont Sprint), Black Tycoon (G3 Hyperion Stakes) and Summah’s Touch.

    Marwina mare Power Princess prevented full-house in the G3 Roma Cup ...

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  • Hyperion Stakes quinella by Blackfriars

    June 16, 2013

    Black Tycoon led home a Group 3 quinella for champion sire Blackfriars in the Hyperion Stakes (1600m) at Belmont on Saturday. The Justin Warwick trained gelding sprinted down the centre of the course to defeat last-start G3 Belmont Stakes winner Kerrific by a short neck. The first two home ensured the Scenic Lodge stallion collected the bulk of the $126,000 allocated in prizemoney.

    Black Tycoon (7g Blackfriars – Dame Fontaine by Last Tycoon) is a late bloomer. Since joining Warwick’s south-west stables in January, he had won four races at Ascot and the Geraldton Cup before the Group 3 breakthrough at ...

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  • Makeover colt wins for Moody

    June 13, 2013Brave Prince

    Former Perth colt Brave Prince started his new career in Victoria with a very promising win on Sunday.

    Brave Prince (3c Show A Heart – Card Queen by Final Card) shouldered 60kg to a first-up victory in the Virage IT Hcp (1200m) at Cranbourne.  Resuming after a 28 week spell, he camped on the leaders and wasn’t pushed out to score by a half-length on an unfamiliar Heavy 8 surface.

    The Scenic Lodge graduate is now trained by Peter Moody after being transferred east by leading owner Bob Peters.  He shaped nicely in a jump-out at Caulfield on May 21 and Moody ...

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