The iron horse Burning Front (Primus) has developed cult status after the dominant front runner won the $280,000 IRT VOBIS Gold Mile.

He achieved two milestones following the splendid win at Caulfield.

Firstly he is now a $1 million earner.

Secondly, the win makes his the all-time greatest earner of VOBIS bonuses and prizemoney surpassing another Darren Weir trained champ in the brilliant two time group 1 winner and now Swettenham sire, Trust in A Gust (Keep The Faith).

The new golden boy and VOBIS pin up horse has now won more than $515,000 from VOBIS for earnings of more than $1.1 million.

It was his 17th win from 47 starts, his sixth from his past seven starts and near perfect record of five wins from six VOBIS Gold Premier races. And just to think it took him eight races to break his maiden back in April 2014 at Sale.

“He makes his own luck, races up on the speed, and he’s been an absolute ripper for the connections and a great advertisement for VOBIS and VOBIS Gold with the money that you can win,” his trainer Darren Weir said.

“Today he was always going to be hard to run down when he got it comfortable in front.”

The son of Liverpool Farm based sire Primus and Kingston Rule mare She’s A Knockout was bred and is raced by Justin Lovatt.

“For a horse that hasn’t won a Group 1 race and is rated 100, he has won a million dollars and has just gone past Trust In A Gust in VOBIS prize money. It’s a feat in its self.” Lovatt said

“He’s a good horse don’t get me wrong, but his rating tells you where he sits. But he can come here today and run in a race worth $280,000, it’s just such a great scheme.”

Lovatt indicated his champ’s preparation certainly hadn’t come to an end yet.

“He just keeps going along, and while he is happy there is no need to go for a spell. He is based down at Warrnambool, and he loves where he lives, he loves the beach and old horsemen say “happy horses win races”, and that is so true.”

“He plods along the beach five mornings, has a paddle and then just has a bit of a gallop and blow just before his next run and off he goes.”

There is plenty to look forward to from the family, as She’s A Knockout has since produced some promising young stock including the upcoming two year old by Written Tycoon, Sekali, trained by Team Corstens.

Following that is a full brother.

“We are really excited with “Little B” coming through, that’s his full brother weanling, he’s athletic and in the same old. Let’s hope he is as good as big brother,” said Lovatt.

She’s A Knockout is currently in foal to Reward For Effort.

Justin is now looking closely at mating options for the upcoming season. He will certainly have many stallion farms welcoming him and the mare with welcome arms after the achievements of Burning Front.

“We just had such an incredible day out there, it’s been amazing for our family and all the other owners, he’s just a champ”. Lovatt said.

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