The hot form of co-trainers Ben and Dan Pearce continued at Belmont on Wednesday when promising Blackfriars gelding Father Knick extended his winning sequence.
Dan Pearce said Father Knick would target the $100,000 Bunbury 3YO Classic (1000m) on October 14 after notching a winning hat trick in the Yellowglen Handicap (1000m).
Ridden by Joe Azzopardi, Father Knick kicked clear passing the 100m and held on to defeat the fast-finishing Queen Tori by a nose with Count Tomozoff finishing third.
Dan Pearce said Father Knick, unbeaten since resuming from a spell, was showing encouraging signs and improving with each start this preparation.
“He is a nice horse who is starting to get it together,” Dan Pearce said.
“He was a bit more tractable and did everything right.
“Stewards had a word to us last start and I said racing would improve him.
“I didn’t think we needed to make gear changes and Joe rides him well.
“I think with racing he is improving and is going to be a nice horse.
“He is a Blackfriars so I hope he is not going to a 1000m horse.
“But while he is winning at this distance and doing everything right he can go to that race in Bunbury.”