Adam Durrant’s flying Lark Hill-based filly Summah’s Touch made it three on the trot this time in completing a Belmont Park hat-trick with her classy win in the Belmont Classic 2013 on Saturday.
Runner-up in the Group 3 WA Oaks (2400m) back in April, the winter has belonged to this daughter of Blackfriars who rounded out a terrific three-year-old season with a win over the boys in the $80,000 Listed Belmont Classic (2200m).
It followed two other black type triumphs at the track firstly in the Listed Belmont Guineas (1600m) and then in the Listed Belmont Oaks (2000m) back against her own kind.
Saturday she went out at $3 in the betting and was never in doubt as apprentice hoop Ben Paterson, also aboard for her Guineas – Oaks victories, guided her to a tidy one and a half length victory after having her off the pace in eighth early the early stages.
She went out to take up the lead however over the last 200 metres and won pulling away.
“It’s like winning lotto,” part-owner Neville Hall said after the win.
“It’s just been a dream come true.”
The fillies dominated the Belmont Classic trifecta too with Grant Williams’ Belmont Oaks third placegetter Fashion Princess ($21) going one better with her second in the Classic having also been ridden by an apprentice in Chris Parnham.
In third was then the Fred Kersley-trained favourite Northpace ($2.25) who was just a further quarter length back to finish off the trifecta, the Cape North gelding having won the Dayana Plate the start before.
Northpace was expected to get the better of the top filly Summah’s Touch, and while he went stride for stride with her at the back to start, he couldn’t match her sharp burst in the closing stages.
“She’s just shown she’s tough and she’s got the ability,” Durrant’s foreman, Jason Miller, said of the Belmont Classic winner on Saturday.
“It looked like her and Northpace were the two in the race.
“Everywhere she went, he was following her, but she got a lovely run.
“It wasn’t ideal giving her a short break then coming back for these races, but it’s panned out.
“She’s incredible. We’d like a few more like her in the stable.”
Summah’s Touch is likely to enjoy a brief let-up now before returning late in the season targeting the riches of the coveted Perth Summer Racing Carnival at Ascot.
There’s also a slight chance that she will be set on her maiden interstate campaign a little earlier joining her Group performing stablemates Mr Moet and Kincaple in Victoria for a shot at Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival glory.
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2013 Belmont Classic Results & Finishing Order
Belmont Park Race 7 – 20/07/2013
|1||8||SUMMAH’S TOUCH||Adam Durrant||Ben Paterson (a)||–||2||54.5kg||$3|
|2||9||FASHION PRINCESS (NZ)||Grant Williams||Chris Parnham (a)||1.5L||9||54.5kg||$21|
|3||1||NORTHPACE||Fred Kersley||Steven Parnham||1.75L||5||56.5kg||$2.25|
|4||4||GO TIGER||Fred Kersley||Patrick Carbery||3L||3||56.5kg||$9|
|5||5||CREDO||Fred Kersley||Lucas Camilleri||3L||8||56.5kg||$19|
|6||2||TRADE DOWN||George Daly||Peter Knuckey||3.5L||6||56.5kg||$41|
|7||10||PANTS ON FRIAR||Lou Luciani & Dion Luciani||Jason Whiting||4.25L||12||54.5kg||$15|
|8||11||ELLE ON FRIAR||Sharon Miller||Shaun Meeres||4.5L||1||54.5kg||$17|
|9||3||NUNCA TE RINDAS||Kristian Hawkins||Jarrad Noske||8L||10||56.5kg||$51|
|10||13||BUYBACK||Rebecca Nairn||Ryan Hill (a)||12.75L||7||54.5kg||$101|
|11||12||LADY TRADER||Joe Byrne||Shaun Mc Gruddy||13.25L||13||54.5kg||$51|
|12||6||TESTAMONIAL MAK||Wally Mitchell||Craig Staples||19.75L||4||56.5kg||$101|
|13||7||FATH SUN||Meryl Hayley||Jordan Mallyon (a)||25.25L||11||56.5kg||$41|