Multiple Group 1 winning sprinter Turffontein begins an exciting new era for Blue Gum Farm at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale starting on March 3.
Turffontein (Johannesburg – Spirit Of Grace by Dr Grace) was trained by Anthony Cummings throughout his racing career. He was a Sydney two year old winner, won the G2 Queensland Guineas over 1600m at three and scored Group 1 victories in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield and William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley as an older horse. He retired to stud the winner of over $1.20 million in stakes.
Cummings praised Turffontein after he defeated Wanted and Nicconi in his second win at the elite level at Moonee Valley. “This horse is one of the most durable sprinters we’ve seen for a long while,” Cummings declared. “He has got a will to win as good as any stallion. I just love him – he is a freakish horse.”
Turffontein is a son of red-hot sire of sires Johannesburg. He descends from an unbroken sire-line of six Group 1 winners through Johannesburg, Hennessy, Storm Cat, Storm Bird and Northern Dancer. “He is a very masculine looking horse,” Blue Gum’s Philip Campbell said recently. “And the sire line is on fire right around the world.”
Johannesburg sired Scat Daddy was the 2011 Champion USA first-season stallion siring the multiple Grade 1 winning Lady Of Shamrock, amongst others, in his first crop. Another son of Johannesburg in Teuflesberg sired the 2012 G1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Trinniberg in his first crop while his Haras de la Gatine based son Sageburg sired Chantilly Group winner Peaceburg in his first crop last year.
Turffontein has 14 first crop lots catalogued at Oaklands Junction and seven of them are being prepared by Blue Gum Farm.
“The Turffonteins are cracking individuals,” Blue Gum owner Philip Campbell said this week. “I’m really looking forward to parading them at the Premier Sale.”
The first of the Blue Gum Turffontein yearlings is half-brother to Moonee Valley Group 3 winner Dan Baroness (Lot 137). Blue Gum sold Dan Baroness as a yearling for $70,000 at the 2007 Premier Sale and she repaid that many times over on the racecourse and when subsequently sold as a broodmare. This colt (pictured) is a truly magnificent looking yearling.
The Blue Gum draft for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale can be viewed at: