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(Turffontein pictured above racing away to win the 2009 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes)
There are certain guarantees in life. One of those is you cannot dispute facts.
- Dual Group 1 Winning Sprinter in Australia (leaving horses such as Nicconi, Wanted, All American & Von Costa De Hero in his wake!)
- Tough, genuine and extremely fast
- From an unbroken Sire Line of Six Group 1 Winners (Turffontein, Johannesburg (USA), Hennessy (USA), Storm Cat (USA), Storm Bird (USA) and Northern Dancer (CAN)
- Johannesburg (USA) himself was unbeaten Champion Juvenile of the World in 2001
- Turffontein raced in elite company throughout his career, 31 starts, 28 of them were stakes events
- Turffontein is the only son of Johannesburg (USA) standing at Stud in Australia,
- In 2010 he covered a first class book of mares and we are now being presented with his first crop of foals which themselves are top quality
It is this Johannesburg, Hennessy, Storm Cat Sire Line that is dominant in the US and importantly it has significant relevance to our own breeding and racing in Australia. The nature of the Australian produced thoroughbred is that of speed and in particular two year old racing. In looking at the Leading 2YO Sires List of America by Earnings, of the Top 10, Six of these (Tale of The Cat, Lion Heart, Tribal Rule, Henny Hughes, Scat Daddy and Stormy Atlantic) are from the Storm Cat Sire Line. The sire line itself is producing top quality two year olds. In addition to this of particular interest is Scat Daddy. Scat Daddy (Johannesburg x Love Style) is himself a Dual Group 1 Winner , a G1 Winning 2YO and currently the leading Freshman Sire in America with horses the caliber of boom 2YO Finale being targeted towards the Breeders Cup Juvenile. The speed displayed by both Scat Daddy and Turffontein in their G1 Winning feats should not come as a surprise as Johannesburg himself was the unbeaten Champion Juvenile of the World in 2001 with Six Group 1 Wins from 1100m – 1600m. Turffontein himself is directly from this star studded Sire Line which features an Unbroken Sire Line of Six (that’s right Six) Group 1 Winners, himself a Dual Group 1 Winner, as a 2YO he won at Rosehill and also ran 2nd to G1 Winner Triple Honour.
On the female side of the family Turffontein hails from a family renowned for producing quality 2YO’s, Emerald Downs pictured above was a quality winner as a 2YO at Moonee Valley in 2011 at only her second start. She then ran 2nd to subsequent G1 Blue Diamond place getter Masthead in the 2011 Inglis Premier Plate and as per above has returned in fine fettle as a 3YO defeating the older mares at Rosehill on Saturday first up from a spell. Turffontein’s dam, Spirit of Grace, herself was a 2YO Winner and Broadband was a Flemington 2YO Winner.
It’s one hell of a CV that just keeps on improving. A Dual G1 Winner, a Proven Sire Line, a Proven 2YO Sire Line, a Proven 2YO Female family, cracking 1st Crop Foals. At $8800 in 2011, what an investment!