“It’s the iron horse Burning Front in the lead… what a wonderful horse, as tough as they come.”
Seldom are race callers prone to complimenting horses during the run but no wonder Terry Bailey is so full of admiration for this particular galloper – Burning Front’s talent and honesty earning him fans around the country.
On Sunday jumping from the widest gate in the $100,000 VOBIS Gold Bullion at Racing.com Park, the Darren Weir trained Victorian bred chestnut took a while to find the lead but once in front he dominated right to the winning post.
It was start number 16 for his current campaign and only once during that time has been out of the placings – a close-up fifth after doing it tough in the Seymour Cup won by subsequent Group One winner Turn Me Loose.
“We are just blessed,” said managing part owner Justin Lovatt. “He is honest as the day is long as he has such a great constitution.”
Jockey Brad Rawiller has won four races aboard Burning Front and the horse is one of his favourites – “I just love riding this horse, he is a beauty… just a marvel.”
A nine times winner of over $320,000 in stakes, Burning Front was a very tough Gr.3 Sandown Stakes third at his previous outing and he did a good job rising in weight and dropping back in distance on Sunday.
Burning Front is is the third winner out of three to race from the dam She’s a Knockout (by Kingston Rule) who has a Written Tycoon colt filly being prepared by Avenel’s Hollylodge Throughbreds for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.
Justin Lovatt, who owns the dam and shares Burning Front with owners from around Australia and New Zealand, also stands the talented gelding’s in-form sire Primus at Stonehurst Farm, Strathbogie.
Primus’ progeny have won six races this month, another smart performer being Laughing Gravy who was sold to Singapore after recording a seven length maiden victory at Murtoa last year.
Setting up a good gallop in the Munificence Stakes at Kranji, the Cliff Brown trained five-year-old was headed at the 150m, showing great heart to kick back and record his second Singapore victory.
For further information on Primus contact Stonehurst’s Anne Richardson on 0425 859 407 or Justin Lovatt 0416 063 873.