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Come Play With Me Wins Listed Belmont Classic

Monday, 23rd July 2018

 Mrgn.Runners
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J: P Knuckey
T: A G Durrant
W: 56.5 kgs
S: Blackfriars
D: Russian Playmate
0.5L
J: W Pike
T: G & A Williams
W: 56.5 kgs
S: More Than Ready
D: Significant
3.8L
J: P Carbery
T: J T Warwick
W: 54.5 kgs
S: Hala Bek
D: Sena
4.5L
J: Natasha Faithfull
T: Ms R L Williams
W: 54.5 kgs
S: Dane Shadow
D: Pattie Me Lass

At Belmont Park Racecourse in Perth, Scenic Lodge's deceased former VRC Derby-winning sire Blackfriars (Danehill-Kensington Gardens, by Grosvenor) added a stakes race success when 3YO Australian-bred gelding Come Play With Me (Blackfriars-Russian Playmate, by Dr Johnson) saluted at odds of $1.60 when running out a narrow but decisive winner of the $100,000 Listed Belmont Classic (2200m) for 3YOs, defeating State Prosecutor & Habesha. Come Play With Me advanced his record to 8 wins (including the Listed Aquanita Stakes) and 1 placing from 16 starts for $371,440 in earnings. Trainer Adam Durrant said Come Play With Me will have a long spell before being aimed at staying features including as the Adelaide Cup. "Now he has three months off and misses the carnival. Pinjarra and Bunbury cups, the Mornington Cup and maybe an Adelaide Cup are all the options we've got," Durrant told the West Australian.

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