Turffontein - GROUP 1 WINNERS MAKE GROUP 1 SIRES
Turffontein represents a blend of the world’s best bloodlines. He follows Johannesburg, Hennessy, Storm Cat, Storm Bird and Northern Dancer as the sixth consecutive generation of his male line to have won at Gr.1 level. Interestingly, Turffontein is inbred to influential ‘Blue Hen’ mare Somethingroyal through Secretariat and Sir Gaylord, the same as successful sires Grand Lodge and Volksraad.
Turffontein is free of Danzig and Danehill blood, so he looks ideally suited to mares by DANEHILL, DANEHILL DANCER, FASTNET ROCK, REDOUTE’S CHOICE, COMMANDS, EXCEED AND EXCEL, SNITZEL, STRATUM, CHOISIR, FLYING SPUR, DANZERO, ORATORIO and ROCK OF GIBRALTAR.. Johannesburg has had good results with mares carrying Danzig (Radiohead in UK, Jupiter Pluvius in Ireland, Ten Meropa in USA and Border Rebel and Jantzen in Australia). Furthermore Johannesburg’s US Sire Son in Scat Daddy has already produced the very smart G3 winner in Shared Property out of a Belong To Me mare.
Johannesburg has enjoyed strong success with the blood of Northern Dancer. As such Northern Dancer sons in the form of SADLER’S WELLS and NUREYEV should match up well. Mares by HIGH CHAPARRAL, GALILEO, MONTJEU, SCENIC, SPINNING WORLD, GOOD JOURNEY, NE COUPEZ PAS and STRAVINSKY descend from such a sire line and thus look suitable. Furthermore, with regards to Sadler’s Wells his own blood brother in Fairy King should be given due consideration, in particular his champion sire son in ENCOSTA DE LAGO. Based on the Johannesburg/Northern Dancer cross that has yielded such great success, such a mating looks highly desirable.
Johannesburg has enjoyed a very strong affinity with mares from the Mr Prospector sire-line. His Dual G1 Winner Scat Daddy is an extremely promising Sire Son in the US having been the Leading Freshman Sire in the US in 2011 and is currently the leading Second Crop Sire carries such a pedigree, in fact he is inbred 4 x 2 to Mr Prospector. Johannesburg himself has had three stakes winners and a further stakes performer from only nineteen named foals, so 21.05% of named foals are stakes performed. Mares by HUSSONET should match up well with Turffontein, in addition FLYING SPUR mares should match up extremely well with Turffontein, being a son of Danehill, out of a Mr Prospector mare, such a mating would also be inbreeding to ‘Blue Hen’ mare Somethingroyal. Mares by FUSAICHI PEGASUS, BELLOTTO, ELUSIVE QUALITY WOODMAN, GONE WEST, GULCH. KINGMAMBO and THUNDER GULCH should suit as well. Scat Daddy himself has already produced a stakeswinner from a Thunder Gulch mare further reinforcing the bloodlines distinct liking for Mr Prospector blood. Another option from this bloodline is daughters of STREET CRY, being a grand-son of Mr Prospector whom himself has enjoyed tremendous success under Australian conditions.
Johannesburg is closely related to Tale Of The Cat so his daughters look very well suited to Turffontein. Johannesburg also has a stakes winner inbred 3 x 3 to Storm Cat so breeders should not be frightened to look at duplicating this horse or Storm Bird in matings with Turffontein.
Turffontein is inbred to influential ‘Blue Hen’ Somethingroyal so he looks well suited to mares carrying Grand Lodge or Volksraad in their pedigree and his dam Spirit of Grace is inbred to Little Hut, the dam of champion sires Habitat and Northfields, so any further additions of these horses are desirable.
Of interest to Australian breeders should be mares that are from the Hail to Reason Sire Line. Johannesburg himself has already had good success when crossed with Southern Halo mares, in fact from only seven named foals, two are stakes winners and another is stakes placed. In addition Scat Daddy has already had success when crossed with such bloodlines having already produced the very smart G3 Winner, Finale. Thus mares by MORE THAN READY, RED RANSOM and CHARGE FORWARD should suit. As highlighted above descendants of the Northern Dancer sire line have on the whole had strong success with Johannesburg and thus Sadler’s Wells and his sons such as SCENIC, HIGH CHAPARRAL and GALILEO should suit as such sons possess both Northern Dancer and Hail To Reason bloodlines. Further to this daughters of Galileo look extremely well suited as Galileo himself also possesses Mr Prospector in his pedigree through Miswaki.