Black Sabbath Rocks Ascot


Todd Harvey announced Ascot summer carnival plans for exciting two-year-old Black Sabbath after he kept his unbeaten record intact at Ascot yesterday.

Black Sabbath was an easy winner on debut at Ascot two weeks ago and delivered another top performance to claim victory in the Lanciano Plate (1200m).

The hot $1.20 favourite settled on the back of the leader after racing fiercely early, but knuckled down to his task over the final stages and bolted in by 1 ¾ lengths.

Nemiroff held on for second after leading with Kelly’s Callisto running on and making good ground from near last to be placed third.

Todd Harvey, who trains Black Sabbath in partnership with his father, Rob, said Black Sabbath, a $47,500 yearling, would target the Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) at Ascot in November.

“He got fired up a little bit early, but was really impressive and got the job done again,” Harvey said.

“We are going to put him out now and he can take a break, we will take that traditional path to the WA Guineas in the summer.

“He is a big horse with a bit of furnishing to do and naturally the Blackfriars horses get a bit better with maturity.

“He is exciting and quite untapped.”

McGruddy said Black Sabbath, in contrast to his debut when he set a scorching pace in front, showed adaptability to take a sit behind Nemiroff.

“It just added another string to his bow,” McGruddy said.

“Once he lost the lead he settled behind and I let him stride for the first furlong.

“This bloke could be anything I think.”

Julio Santarelli