It is not often an Australian sire scores a winning double at an overseas racetrack so there was much to celebrate at the Blue Gum Farm stallion barn on Sunday.
At Singapore’s Kranji track, 5yo Golden Tomahawk and 3yo Southern Dragon were both victorious, providing great success to Blue Gum’s much under-rated stallion Turffontein (Johannesburg).
And both Kranji winners were bred in Victoria,
Trained by Patrick Shaw, Southern Dragon was on debut over 1200 metres on the synthetic surface. He and eventual runner-up Super Dan cleared out from the rest of the field with third placed horse finishing seven lengths back giving some indication to the strength of the win.
Southern Dragon was bred by Gary O’Meara at his Miranda Park property in the Macedon Ranges. He describes the journey in breeding Southern Dragon:
“I own a share in Turffontein and was looking for a suitable mare to send to him. Aly’s Affair (USA) was in the 2011 Inglis Great Southern Sale; she was well-credentialled being by Belmont Stakes winner Colonial Affair..
“Most importantly, she had already left the smart sprinter Overtake, a son of Turffontein’s sire, Johannesburg. At that stage Aly’s Affair had also produced the American Group 1 performer Atlas Valley.
“I bought the mare and sent her to Turffontein, but unfortunately the first year she had a red bag foal that died.
“The following year she had Southern Dragon – he was always a big, strong, athletic colt.
“We have a policy of selling all our colts so he went to the Melbourne Premier Sale – we were quite disappointed that he only made $20,000, but decided to meet the market and let him go.”
“Aly’s Affair has also produced a colt by Hard Spun that has just gone into work with Neil Dyer, and she has a cracking Skilled colt at foot.
“Best of all, just this morning, she had a positive early test to Turffontein. Fingers crossed that she will produce another Southern Dragon for us next year.”
Meanwhile, Turffontein 5yo Golden Tomahawk, trained by Michael Clements, took his earnings past the AU$200,000 mark on the island state with a win over 1100 metres in the last race.
He was bred in North East Victoria at Wangaratta by Michael Carlile. Out of Danehill Dancer mare Night Sky Dancer, he was prepared for the 2013 Inglis Premier Sale by Little Plains Stud but was passed in for $16,000.
He was subsequently taken to the Inglis Ready to Race Sale of that year by renowned conditioner Vincent Nolen and sold for $80,000.
The winning streak actually started earlier on Sunday for Turffontein with Saab Hasan’s Turfane scoring at Geelong over 1421 metres. The 5yo entire has now earned more than $182,000 in his 34 start career.