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(Scat Daddy pictured above at Coolmore's American Stud - Ashford Stud)

When the opportunity comes to add a dual Group 1 winner to your stallion ranks, you cannot help but get excited. That was exactly the case when Blue Gum Farm secured Turffontein in 2010. As we have highlighted to breeders over the past ten months Turffontein ticks a lot of boxes, one of his numerous appealing attributes was his sire line.

Turffontein is by Johannesburg (USA) who himself was the Champion Juvenile of the world in 2001. This is just the start though as through Turffontein breeders have the opportunity to access a sire line of six Group 1 Winners - Turffontein, Johannesburg (USA), Hennessy (USA), Storm Cat, Storm Bird, Northern Dancer. This week we have seen that this sire line through another of Johannesburg's Group 1 Winning Sons is in significant demand. We speak of Scat Daddy (USA) who stands at Coolmore in America.

Scat Daddy, like Turffontein was a dual Group 1 Winner, having won the Group 1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park as a two year old and training on to win the Group 1 Florida Derby as a three year old. His first crop weanlings sold extremely well, with fillies reaching up to $220,000 US and his colts reaching up to $175,000 US. 2010 saw his first crop of yearlings enter the sale ring with a colt reaching $370,000 US at the opening session of the 2010 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Earlier this week we saw a colt from the first crop of Scat Daddy dazzle onlookers with a sparkling pre-sale breeze up and then went on to fetch $400,000 to top the first day of the OBS March Sale of Selected 2YO's in Florida.

As evidenced above the market has definitely received Scat Daddy's stock well. Compare the similarities between Scat Daddy and Turffontein - both from a sire line of six consecutive Group 1 Winners, both quality individuals, both competed at the highest level, both succeeded at the highest level twice!

Turffontein stood his first season at Blue Gum in 2010, a farm renowned for nurturing and making stallions. We strongly recommend you refer to the below material which adds further weight as to why you should not miss out on Turffontein in 2011 and beyond.


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