Black Tom breakthrough at Northam

Dragonlead outstayed his rivals at Northam on Thursday to give Black Tom his first winner at stud.

Dragonlead (4g Black Tom – Northern Banner by Serheed) is prepared by premier trainer Adam Durrant and won like a $2.40 favourite in the Melaleuca Maiden (2200m). He was placed at Ascot during his first campaign earlier this year before going out for an autumn spell.

Black Tom is the only son of Langfuhr active in Australia. Langfuhr represented the Danzig sireline for six seasons in the Hunter Valley – his best southern progeny were the G2 winners Frightening (2003 Moonee Valley Gold Cup) and Black Tom (2006 Perth Cup).

Rivercrest Park stands Black Tom for $1,100 (inc gst) service fee – $550 on a PPT and $550 when the foal nurses. “Adam has a pretty good opinion of Dragonlead,” Rivercrest studmaster Steve Hoare said. “He can accelerate and has only needed a bit of maturity.”

Dragonlead is a homebred for Lyndon Dyson. The Perth pharmacist raced Black Tom with Alan Hall and Perth restaurateur Warren Mead to 9 wins and earnings of $620,000. Apart from the Perth Cup, there were other black-type victories in the WA Tattersall’s Cup, Kalgoorlie Gold Cup and Pinjarra Cup.

Black Tom is based at Rivercrest Park which is situated in Western Australia’s south-west at Stratham. Hoare stands him alongside Kendel Star (Kenmare), Izmir (Red Ransom) and Famous Roman (Danetime).