* Won Perth Cup by 6 lengths
* Ideal sire for Westspeed staying bonuses
* By Danzig sire Langfuhr
* From a half-sister to Saratoga 2YO Group 1 winner Great Navigator
Langfuhr (USA) sired Black Tom in his second southern book while to shuttling to Vinery in the Hunter Valley.
Still on active service at Lane’s End Farm in Kentucky, Langfuhr is emerging as a powerful sire of sires – his Group 1 winning son Lawyer Ron sired 7 stakes winners in his first crop but died after serving just two books at Stonewell Farm in Kentucky.
Langfuhr’s Canadian Horse of the Year Wando retired to Lane’s End Farm and Langfuhr’s millionaire colt Mobil stands at Windfields Farm in Ontario.
Windfields was the original home of Danzig’s sire Northern Dancer who was voted the most influential sire of the 20th century by Daily Racing Form.
Black Tom made his debut as a two year-old at Ascot with a fast-finishing fourth to Air Pocket over 1000 metres after being blocked for room in the straight.
Resuming as a spring three year-old, he earned black-type when beaten a short-neck and a half-length in the Listed T J Smith Trophy (2000m) at Ascot.
Back in action for a short autumn campaign, he was given an easy kill in a Bunbury maiden and then came from last in a capacity field to nail former Sydney galloper Noble Touch by a nose over 1800m at Ascot.
In his next preparation, Black Tom began living up to his potential with placings in the G2 C B Cox Stakes and G2 Perth Cup and then everything fell into place after a transfer to trainer Frank Maynard.
“He was a relaxed type of horse, even to the point of being lazy,” Maynard recalled. “But on race day it was a different story – he switched right on.”
Black Tom began a steep upward climb with a restricted victory at Ascot and a week later unleashed a powerful late burst to win the LR Tattersall’s Cup (2200m) as an odds-on favourite.
He went out a $2.90 public-elect in the G2 C B Cox Stakes but was tightened for room and then blundered before motoring home for an eye-catching fourth behind Early Express.
Punters stayed on board to a man for the G2 Perth Cup and the result was never in doubt. Jockey Peter Hall settled Black Tom in the second-half of the field and then swooped on the leaders to win running away by six lengths!
It was Maynard’s second Perth Cup following Moss Kingdom in 1984. “Being a stallion, we tried not to gas him,” Maynard explained. “He was trained out of a paddock at Henley Brook and rarely galloped full-on between races.”
Black Tom came back and won the LR Kalgoorlie Cup later that year but his chances of back-to-back Perth Cups were compromised when the saddle slipped placing Hall at a severe disadvantage.
He made amends with further victories in the LR Pinjarra Cup and Easter Cup at Ascot before signing off in Perth with a desperately unlucky short-head second in the LR Western Australian St. Leger after being pocketed in the straight.
Black Tom was bred in South Australia by Kambula Stud and was raced by a partnership that included Alan Hall, Warren Mead and Lyndon Dyson. His USA bred dam Narmada (Blushing Groom) won in France and is a half-sister to G1 Saratoga Hopeful Stakes winner Great Navigator (Gulch).
Alan Hall – Peter’s father – bought back into the family after purchasing Black Tom. He raced the Perth Cup winner’s half-sister La Soeur Noir (Indian Danehill) to five wins and she was also runner-up to Lords Ransom in the LR Belmont Classic in 2007. She has an unnamed 2yo filly by War Pass.
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LANGFUHR (Can) Bay 1992 - Stud 1998: 9 wins WON G1 Metropolitan Hcp, WON G1 Vosburgh Stakes, WON G1 Carter Hcp, WON G2 Forego Hcp. Sire of 74 SW inc:
LAWYER RON (sire), WANDO (Sire), MOBIL (sire), IMPERIALISM (sire), JAMBALAYA, IMPERIAL GESTURE, DAIWA MACH ONE (Jpn), INTERPATATION, EUROEARS, VALLA BOY, etc.
BLACK TOM (G2 Perth Cup), FRIGHTENING (G2 Moonee Valley Cup), ABSOLUTELYFABULOUS (G3 Cameron Hcp).
NARMADA (USA), by Blushing Groom. Winner at 2100m, 2d Evry Prix de Rodez.
Three-quarter-sister to Sacred Promise (dam of MORE THAN PROMISED), half-sister to GREAT NAVIGATOR, NARGHILE, Nucleon, Tender Moment (dam of TENDERLIT). Dam of 10 winners, inc:-
BLACK TOM (c Langfuhr) 9 wins 1675 to 3200m, $619,005, WATC Perth Cup, Gr2, Tattersall's Cup, L, Kalgoorlie Cup, L, Pinjarra Cup, L, 2d WATC WA St Leger, L, 3d WATC CB Cox S., Gr2, Perth Cup, Gr2, TJ Smith Trophy, L, Kalgoorlie Boulder RC Boulder Cup, L, 4th WATC CB Cox S., Gr2.
Palace Man (g Palace Music) 8 wins 1000 to 1400m, $114,819, Turffontein Media, Technology & Sport Advance P., 2d Vaal Ascot-on-Vaal Sprint H., L, 4th Turffontein Racecourse Bookmakers' H., Gr3.
La Soeur Noir (f Indian Danehill) 5 wins 1600 to 2200m, $183,765, to 2009-10, WATC Perthracing.com.au H., Singing the Blues H., Purified Ice H., Moet & Chandon H., 2d WATC Belmont Classic, L, 4th WATC Strickland S., Gr3.
NONOALCA, by Nonoalco. 3 wins–2 at 2–at 1600m, Longchamp Prix des Reservoirs, Gr3, Prix de la Grotte, Gr3, 2d Longchamp Poule d'Essai des Pouliches, Gr1, Evry Prix Chloe, Gr3. Sister to Yamalco, half-sister to MAZEL TOV, Riverdina, New Generation (dam of BRIGHT GENERATION). Dam of 8 winners, inc:-
GREAT NAVIGATOR (c Gulch) 5 wins–3 at 2, $313,112, Saratoga Hopeful S., Gr1, Gulfstream Spectacular Bid S., L, Hialeah Bahamas S., L.
NARGHILE (c Foolish Pleasure) 6 wins–1 at 2–1500 to 2100m, Turf Paradise H., L, 2d Longchamp Prix de la Butte Mortemart, L, Grand Prix de Lyon, L. Sire. Sacred Promise. Placed at 3 in U.S.A. Dam of 2 winners:-
MORE THAN PROMISED (f More Than Ready) 7 wins–2 at 2–7f to 8½f, $278,344, Louisiana Pago Hop S., L, Marie P DeBartolo Oaks, L.
Tender Moment. Unraced. Dam of 3 winners:-
TENDERLIT (f Lit de Justice) 4 wins at 2 1000 to 1200m, €113,570, Rome Premio Alessandro Perrone, L, 3d Milan Premio Primi Passi, Gr3.