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Turffontein Sireline in Breeders Cup glory.

Turffontein Sireline in Breeders Cup glory.

World renowned thoroughbred racing and breeding journalist, Darryl Sherer, wrote an interesting article in the Stallions Weekly Bulletin of 17 September 2012 (see copy here as news story). In it he spoke about the terrific early results that Scat Daddy, Teuflesberg and Sageburg, the three sons of Johannesburg with runners in the northern hemisphere, were having with their progeny on the racetrack. Scat Daddy and Teuflesberg's oldest being three and Sageburg's just two. All three have sired atleast one Group or Graded winner in their first crop. Scat Daddy has the dual Grade 1 winner Lady Of Shamrock amongst his.

Last weekend at the rich US Breeders Cup meeting at Santa Anita racetrack in Southern California, Teuflesberg's son Trinniberg became his sire's first Grade 1 winner with an awesome display of speed to land the Breeders Cup Sprint over 6 furlongs (1200 metres). Having left the barrier well, Trinniberg sat on the outside of the leader until the home turn at which time he took off and put the race beyond doubt, stopping the clock in a very impressive 1.07.4 seconds. Having already been a Grade 2 winner and Grade 1 placed (at two), Trinniberg has now stamped himself one of the very best sprinterts in the US and he is still only three.

The success at stud of these three sons of Johannesburg augers well for the success at stud of Turffontein. Turffontein and Scat Daddy are the only multiple Group/Grade 1 winners by Johannesburg who has now sired 50 stakes winners worldwide. Turffontein is currently covering his third book of mares here at Blue Gum Farm with his first crop of yearlings due to sell at the major Australian Yearling Sales early next year.