Trainer Justine Erkelens says Friar Fox will go out for a short break after she finished unplaced as the favourite at Belmont on Saturday.

Backing up after winning over a mile on June 22, the daughter of Blackfriars ran 10th to Spiritual Warrior, beaten nine lengths.

Friar Fox was having her third start this preparation after returning from a stint under Darren Weir in Melbourne.

“She will have a month off with about two weeks in the paddock before we work out which way to go, but there is not a lot around at the moment,” Erkelens told The Races WA.

“She pulled up fine from the weekend, the race wasn’t run the way that best suited her.”


Bob Peters said Aquanita Stakes (2000m) winner True Attraction will back up and nominate for the running of the Swan River Vase (2200m) at Belmont this weekend.

The prominent owner said all of his three runners including Mystery Miss, winner of the Belmont Oaks (2200m) and Battle Storm had recovered well from their runs on Saturday.

Battle Storm, who stretched his unbeaten record to five wins, all over 1000m, will aim to make it six in a line when he steps up to a 1200m journey in a fortnight’s time.

Peters also said Celebrity Dream will leave Perth today to commence her new racing career under the care of Chris Waller in Sydney.

She leaves Perth with 11 wins and six placings from her 27 starts, including six at black-type and $618,950 in prizemoney.

Celebrity Dream last raced in April when she won the Listed Sheila Gwynne Classic (1400m) at Ascot in April.


Grant Williams said former eastern states galloper Nikitas would target the Hannans Handicap (1400m) in Kalgoorlie after scoring his first win for the stable on Saturday.

The Snitzel five-year-old, who was lifted across the line by champion jockey, William Pike, broke through after finishing fifth at his previous two starts over 1200m at Belmont.

Williams said he was keen for the gelding to have another run before spelling, including backing again up this Saturday or hold off to next fortnight.

Williams was also pleased by the debut win of talented juvenile, Cryptic Wonder. He indicated he would take a patient approach with the gelding, but a race over 1300m in two weeks’ time is being touted.


High class three-year-old Samizdat is spelling. Stable representative Michael Gangemi said the son of Not A Single Doubt could have one final run in the Birthday Stakes before he tackles rich purses in the Silver Eagle and Golden Eagle in Sydney during the spring.


Lindsey Smith told eastern states radio this morning (Tuesday) that Black Heart Bart only had a 20 to 30 per cent chance of racing again. The winner of 16 races and just under $4 million in prizemoney would likely trial next week and if he passes the test he will race first up in the Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield in August.


Trainer Darryn Pateman says there is more improvement to come from Jelani Express, who has relished his new environment.

Jelani Express is unbeaten since being taken to Broome this season, notching his fourth straight win last Saturday.

Winning by big margins, the five-year-old will target Broome’s major sprints later in the season.

Julio Santarelli