Blue Gum Farm stallion Turffontein brought up a double with impressive Mornington winner Fontein Lad on Sunday.
Trained by Greg Eurell, he won by 5 lengths when getting up to 2000 metres for the first time in the Secure Corp Plate. Connections banked $21,000 in prizemoney and VOBIS owner bonuses after paying $42,000 for him at the 2015 Inglis Classic yearling sale.
“He’s a black-booker,” jockey Luke Nolen declared after returning to scale. “We were caught three-wide the whole trip and didn’t have any cover from half-way. Then he beat off the other main chances and dashed away.
“It took me a long time to pull him up. He could have gone another lap and won’t have any problems getting out to 2400m.”
Turffontein sired him from NZ-bred Mehter (Align) who won a Randwick juvenile for Clarry Connors. The mare has also foaled multiple city winner Better Not Blue by former Blue Gum stallion Churchill Downs.
Last Wednesday, Double Superlative had broken his maiden status for Turffontein over 1350m at Doomben clocking a class-record 1.19.09s. He’s a younger half-brother to LR Chief De Beers Quality winner Cape Kidnappers.
“That will boost his confidence,” trainer Kelly Schweida said after the two-length victory. “He’s a nice type of horse and we will head to a Saturday race now.”
Blue Gum shuttler Canford Cliffs (Ire) weighed in with more black-type on Saturday courtesy of Princess Asta in Italy. The German filly had won a stakes race in Munich last month and she ran on strongly in the closing stages to beat Dream Mover (Dream Ahead) in the G3 Premio Chiusura (1400m) in Milan.
And Blue Gum legend Rubiton wasn’t forgotten when the Melbourne Cup carnival kicked off at Flemington. His stakes winning mare Flying Ruby foaled G1 Coolmore Stud stakes winner Flying Artie.