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Blackfriars three-year-old Black Fantasy went one better at his second race start at Northam on Thursday when breaking his maiden status in the Avon Valley Contractors Kids Big Day Out – 27th September Maiden (1400m).
The gelding flashed potential when winning a Lark Hill trial on August 23 before a promising runner-up finish to stablemate Outspoken Lad at Belmont nine days later and was able to open his winning account when defeating race-favourite Beloved Star ($2.90) in the Avon Valley.
Starting on the second line of betting at $3, Black Fantasy jumped the gates cleanly and settled outside of race leader My Conviction ($8) in running before idling up to the pacemaker passing the 400m mark and kicking clear inside the furlong.
The bay responded well to rider Joseph Azzopardi’s hands-and-heels riding over the late to hold his main rival at bay by a length through the line, with a further two lengths back to My Conviction in third place.
Purchased for $36,000 at the 2020 Perth Magic Millions sale, Black Fantasy has accumulated $30,600 in prizemoney and bonuses from his first two race starts and appears capable of progressing to better races moving forward.
Meanwhile, fellow Pearce-trained galloper Don’t Fuss will contest the $100,000 Nicopolis Stakes (1200m) at Belmont on Saturday, while stablemates Probity and Secret Lair will launch a two-pronged attack in the Free Entry To Belmont Park Plate (1200m) earlier on the nine-race program.
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