Turffontein jumped the blocks with Fontiton earlier this season and he has another promising two year-old filly in Brisbane named Faint Blaze.
The Liam Birchley trained youngster lived up to her potential with a first-up victory in the Club 100 Hcp (1110m) at Doomben on Saturday. Connections would have been content with a minor placing at the furlong before their filly descended from fifth to first in a few strides.
“She showed plenty at the track early on but didn’t take her work to the races,” Birchley explained. “Now she has won, we might press on to something a bit better over more ground.”
Faint Blaze (2f Turffontein – La Compania by Danasinga) cost $8,000 at the final yearling sale conducted by Brisbane Bloodstock in 2014 and she has already returned more than $80,000 for LDM Racing.. Turffontein has revived her family – the nearest black-type goes back to third dam Canon Song (Rory’s Jester) in the 1996 Merson Cooper Stakes at Sandown.
Turffontein has seen 4 two year-old starters from his second crop and his latest batch of yearlings have fetched up to $170,000. Top price was a Gold Coast Magic Millions colt that will remain in Queensland after catching the eye of Brisbane trainer Kelly Schweida.
Blue Gum Farm has announced Turffontein will stand for an $11,000 (inc gst) service fee in 2015.