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Late Blackfriars Leaves Another Star

The Adam Durrant-trained three-year-old Come Play With Me established his bona fides as one of the premier gallopers in Perth following his classy win in last Saturday’s Listed Belmont Classic.

Late Blackfriars Leaves Another Star

The Adam Durrant-trained three-year-old Come Play With Me established his bona fides as one of the premier gallopers in Perth following his classy win in last Saturday’s Listed Belmont Classic.

The Blackfriars 3YO has now won four on the trot and five from his last six with the Belmont Classic taking his overall record to eight wins from 16 outings and a tick over $400,000 in stakes.

It was also Come Play With Me’s second stakes win, having captured the Listed Aquanita Stakes at his previous start.


Come Play With Me Horseform will be sent for a spell with Durrant indicating he may campaign in Victoria and South Australia next year.

However, it was only a few months back that Durrant was questioning whether his early faith in Come Play With Me might be misplaced.

“I thought he was one of the best 3YOs I’d had but then he ran near last first up at Geraldton in April,” Durrant mused.

“That didn’t do much for my confidence in the horse but the red light started flashing at his next run in the WA Derby and he’s just kept progressing from there.”

Durrant has sealed his seventh Perth training with the Belmont Classic his 11th black type win for the season, one clear of the Grant and Alana Williams stable.

Come Play With Me was bred and is raced by Durrant’s parents Geoff and Vicki.

“The family has around 10 mares and we race all the progeny,” Durrant explained.

“Come Play With Me’s dam Russian Playmate was a very good mare for us and won a couple of stakes races.

“Come Play With Me is her second foal and his 2YO full brother Black Russian will make his debut on Wednesday.

“There is also a rising 2YO and yearling out of the mare, both of them by Blackfriars.

“The mare missed to Snippetson last year but she’ll likely head back to him again this spring.”

Come Play With Me’s success also underscores the tremendous loss of Scenic Lodge’s champion sire Blackfriars.

The Danehill stallion died last December. Come Play With Me is among his 39 stakes winners and 427 winners overall which include 5-time G1 winner Black Heart Bart, Playing God, God Has Spoken and Black Tycoon.

Blackfriars covered 88 mares last spring before his death.

Racing And Sports



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R5 BELMONT PARK 21 July 2018
Cicerello's-Belmont Classic 3 , 2200m
Race Synopsis: An impressive last start winner of the Aquanita Stakes (Listed, 2000m) here two weeks ago, Come Play With Me continues on his winning way, this his fourth successive win, his fifth in his last six starts and eighth overall in 16 starts. A slowish early pace saw him lob along among the last four (rails) all the way to the 800m where jockey Peter Knuckey crept forward to be in behind the leaders. Approaching the last corner they eased away from the fence, found a gap at the top of the straight then strode to the front at the 200m. After a brief tussle he eased ahead to have the race under control near the post. State Prosecutor co-led one out at the 600m, took over to the 200m, gave the winner a brief fight but had to settle for second a half length back. Habesha finished well from near last to nab third from Paddy's Shadow who fought on quite well for fourth.

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Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
1. COME PLAY WITH ME (AUS)
4yo Gelding
ADAM DURRANT
PETER KNUCKEY
56.5
$1.73
 
BLACKFRIARS (AUS) - RUSSIAN PLAYMATE (AUS)
Mrs V Durrant
2nd  
2. STATE PROSECUTOR (AUS)
4yo Gelding
G & A WILLIAMS
WILLIAM PIKE
56.5
$3.50
 
MORE THAN READY (USA) - SIGNIFICANT
Peters Investments Pty Ltd Syndicate(Mgr: R J & Mrs S L Peters)
3rd  
8. HABESHA (AUS)
4yo Mare
JUSTIN WARWICK
PATRICK CARBERY
54.5
$12.00
 
HALA BEK (IRE) - SENA (AUS)
 T J Delroy
4th  6. PADDY'S SHADOW (AUS)
4yo Mare
RAQUEL WILLIAMS
NATASHA FAITHFULL
54.5
$13.00
5th  5. ACONITE (AUS)
4yo Mare
BRETT POPE
TROY TURNER
54.5
$10.00
6th  4. FROSTY HEART (AUS)
4yo Gelding
P H JORDAN
RYAN HILL
56.5
$81.00
7th  7. WITCHERY WOMAN (AUS)
4yo Mare
ADAM DURRANT
J AZZOPARDI
54.5
$101.00
8th  3. CAMPAIGN (AUS)
4yo Gelding
CHRIS GANGEMI
SHAUN O'DONNELL
56.5
$61.00

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