NT Derby winner by Turffontein

Finke has continued his outstanding winning streak with a dominant victory in the $135,000 Northern Territory Derby (2000m) at Fannie Bay.

The Victorian-bred gelding has won 8 in a row and will earn a $100,000 bonus if he maintains that run in the Darwin Cup (2000m) on August 1.  “He’s not a stunning horse to look at but he keeps getting it done,” trainer Gary Clarke said.  “I haven’t found the bottom of him yet.”

The son of Blue Gum Farm sire Turffontein started a hot favourite after a last-start victory over Abu Dhabi (I Am Invincible) in the Darwin Guineas and they filled out the quinella again on Saturday.

Finke first raced in South Australia where he was unplaced in four starts for Kristi Evans.  “I sent him down to Kristi to be educated,” Clarke explained.  “He keeps stretching out and might be a better stayer than a sprinter.”

Corinella based Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm sold him for $5,000 at the 2014 Inglis VOBIS Yearling Sale.  His dam Bloomin Marvellous (Desert Prince) has a yearling colt by Skilled and was covered by the Darley sire again last year.

Turffontein stands at Blue Gum Farm for a $11,000 fee.  He has sired the winners of 46 races and $1.19 million this season and among them are Give Us a Go and Spearhead who doubled up at Pakenham last week.  They have both been nominated for Sale this Thursday.