Currently the leading Western Australian-based sire, Danehill’s Group 1 VRC Derby winner Blackfriars continued his domination in the west, providing a clean sweep of all three stakes races on the Ascot card on Saturday.
A winner of the Supremacy Stakes at two, the Dan Morton-trained London Line has been a consistent runner for his connections and on Saturday continued that outstanding form to claim the Listed Fairetha Stakes (1400m).
Set to head towards the Group 2 WA Guineas, the son of Blackfriars is closely related to multiple Group 1 winner Scenic Shot, a winner of over $3 million for his connections.
The Group 2 Waror-Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) was the next on the card which saw the return of last season’s Champion three-year-old filly Delicacy (Al Maher).
Having her first start back since winning the Group 1 South Australian Derby, Delicacy finished a narrow third behind Blackfriar’s extremely talented son Black Heart Bart (pictured above), whose victory elevated him to favouritism for the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) to be held on November 21.
Unbeaten this time in, Black Heart Bart is out of the At Talaq mare Sister Theresa, making him closely related to the Australian-bred, Champion New Zealand Sire of last season Savabeel.
The third and final stakes victory for Scenic Lodge’s Blackfriars occurred in the Listed Ascot Gold Cup over 1800m when the Joe Miller-trained Drive West produced an upset result. Defeating Young Lionel by a length and a half, the win was his first at stakes level, taking the overall stakes tally of Western Australia’s Champion Sire to 33.
Bred and raced by Swettenham Stud, the regally-bred Blackfriars is out of the Group 1 AJC Oaks placed Kensington Gardens whose six foals to race also includes Group 1 winner Larrocha, Group 2 winner Manton and the Listed winners Waterford Road and Lions Gate – all full relations to Blackfriars.