The popular front-runner Burning Front was back in the winner’s circle when the VOBIS pin-up boy secured success in the Listed Chester Manifold Stakes at Flemington.
The victory prompted his proud breeder and part-owner Justin Lovatt to reflect on the grand galloper’s wonderful career.
A career that has seen him win an amazing 19 races (including 5 stakes wins) with a further 20 placings to his credit from 57 starts. One that has seen him amass $1,394,240 million in prize money.
A pretty good effort for a homebred by a not so commercial stallion out of a mare who didn’t manage to break her maiden in 14 starts.
And as if Burning Front had not given his owners enough reason to smile, he has also earned Lovatt the accolade of VOBIS Owner Of The Year.
Lovatt was delighted to be presented with the award last month at the Victorian Breeders Awards and happier still that Burning Front was named VOBIS Horse Of The Year.
The VOBIS scheme’s all-time highest prize money earner, Burning Front has earned $515,000 VOBIS dollars and has won four VOBIS features; the VOBIS Gold Star (twice), the VOBIS Gold Eldorado and the VOBIS Gold Mile.
On Australia Day, Burning Front will be seeking a third consecutive win in the $150,000 VOBIS Gold Star at Moonee Valley.
“We just could not be prouder of everything that Burning Front has achieved,” Lovatt said, noting that he also has a very special place in his heart for the gelding’s dam She’s A Knockout.
Also dam of the Flemington winner Apollo Creed and the five times winner Cajo Kellila (in turn dam of two times winner Autonomous), She’s A Knockout added a fourth winner to her record with four-year-old Casino Star saluting at Albury on January 4th.
Notably it took Casino Star five starts to break his maiden. Burning Front required the eight starts before he chalked up a win back in April 2014.
Burning Front is described by Thoroughbred Breeding Victoria’s Executive Officer Patrick Clancy as “iconic.”
“His record-breaking achievements have been a great advertisement for Victorian breeding,” he said.
“He shows that you don’t need the most expensive horse or best pedigree to be a top racehorse.”
Meanwhile She’s A Knockout foaled a Reward for Effort colt in November last year and was covered by Swettenham Stud’s champion miler Toronado a few weeks later.