Warwick fine-tunes Fiddler

South-west trainer Justin Warwick is building up a rapport with the progeny of Scenic Lodge stallions since switching codes from harness racing.

He prepares Blackfriars stayer Black Tycoon who unleashed a paralysing finish to win the G2 Perth Cup on New Year’s Day and now he’s making news with Hurricane Sky up-and-comer Fiddlers Elbow.

Hurricane Sky was based at Scenic Lodge before earning a well-deserved retirement in 2012.

Fiddlers Elbow (4g Hurricane Sky – Durham Express by Success Express) has won four-on-end at Ascot this year culminating with a narrow victory in the Crown Perth Hcp (1200m) on Saturday.  He arrived in time to nail Bombora (Tiger Hill) and Thateldo (Charge Forward) in a close finish under Troy Turner.

“He’s learned a lot this campaign and will definitely go out for a spell now,” Warwick said.  “He’s got a nice turn of foot and I think he can build on that progress next time in.”

Fiddlers Elbow only had one start before turning four and he resumed last September for an impressive maiden win at Northam.  “They didn’t break him in until he was a late two year-old,” Warwick revealed.  “Then he went shinny a few times.”

His dam Durham Express hails from a highly successful family from the halcyon days at Heytesbury Stud.  She won four races at Ascot and Belmont for Scenic Lodge owner David Smith and was also Listed placed in the Gimcrack Stakes and Beaufine Stakes (twice).

Second-dam Show That Smile (Haulpak) was a sister to Heytesbury stars Hold That Smile and Carry A Smile.

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The angle is deceptive but Troy Turner ranges up to win on Fiddlers Elbow at Ascot