At Bunbury in Western Australia, Vinery Stud's 6-time Gr1-winning stallion Testa Rossa (Perugino-Bo Dapper, by Sir Dapper) added a black-type success when 6YO Australian-bred gelding Dark Alert (Testa Rossa-Storm Alert, by Metal Storm) posted the second stakes win of his career when saluting by the narrowest of margins in the $100,000 Listed Bull & Bush Tavern Cup (2019m) for 3YO+, defeating Rock Giselle & Not Again Ken. A homebred for prominent WA owner and breeder Bob Peters before being sold for $70,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions Perth Winter Thoroughbred Sale, Dark Alert advanced his record to 9 wins (including the Listed Pinjarra Cup) and 10 placings (including the Listed WATC Detonator Stakes & Listed WATC Ascot Gold Cup) from 35 starts for $624,725 in earnings.
At Ascot racecourse in Perth, Darley's Gr1-winning shuttler Poet's Voice (Dubawi-Bright Tiara, by Chief's Crown) added a black-type success when 4YO Australian-bred gelding Trap For Fools (Poet's Voice-Old Money, by Old Spice) outstayed his rivals with a strong front-running performance in the $100,000 Listed ATA Stakes (2200m) for 3YO+, defeating Dark Alert & Not Again Ken. Trap For Fools confirmed his status as the most promising stayer in Western Australia with his third successive stakes victory that boosted his record to 10 wins (including the Listed GA Towton Cup & Listed Tattersall's Cup) and 5 placings from 21 starts for $340,280 in earnings. Trainer Lindsey Smith confirmed that Trap For Fools is likely to back up in the Gr2 Ted van Heemst Stakes (2100m) at Ascot on Saturday. His primary target remains the Gr2 Perth Cup (2400m) on 1 January. "As is stands today, yes. He has been up a long time, he can now spend a couple of days down at the beach, and Friday afternoon if he is happy, the vet checks him and makes sure he is okay then he will run,” Smith told ANZ Bloodstock News. "His heart rate is amazing, he has a lot of depth to him." Trap For Fools now doubt derives a lot of his stamina from his dam Old Money, winner of the Gr1 West Australian Derby & Gr2 West Australian Oaks.