Primus, sire of the mighty Burning Front, has a new home this year.

He will be standing for the 2017 breeding season at Rene Pompe’s property, Sutherlands Downs, just outside Geelong.


Pompe, who owns the local Landmark agency, has been looking for a stallion prospect for about six months through studs and agents.

Together with his partner, the passionate horsewoman Tammy Miller, they are thrilled with the acquisition of Primus (Flying Spur).

“We were looking for a kick off stallion. We have both been in the industry for over ten years, in a combined involvement of ownership, agistment, breeding mares and racing and we wanted to get into another thoroughbred venture… to stand a stallion,” Pompe said.

“We looked at a few, but nothing stood out, as we wanted a traditional Australian bred stallion with colonial bloodlines, a tried and true pedigree. So when Primus came on the radar we were very excited and believe he is the perfect fit for our boutique farm,” Pompe said.

Primus was purchased from Justin Lovatt, a renowned stallion handler and breeder of Burning Front. Lovatt is keen to stay involved in the stallion’s career and will continue to send mares to him.

“Justin has been a great support, and he was amazing to negotiate with and so helpful with advice. He is even willing to come out and teach us about the stallion and do a few covers to ensure a smooth transition.”

“Susan Keating from Liverpool Farm, near Strathbogie has also been great, and was a wealth of information on the stallion and showed us around the farm. She will always have an involvement and will support him with a mare or two every year.

“We are just pinching ourselves to a certain degree that we had the opportunity to have purchased Primus, and being our first year, it will be a learning curve but we can’t wait to get started.”

Pompe owns a band of eight nicely bred mares and, along with Primus’s loyal supporters, he is hoping to cover a manageable number of 25 mares.

“As he only had a handful of mares in the last few seasons, we would like to give him a boost and get some more progeny out there and heading to the track.”

Nominated for the VOBIS Sires scheme, Pompe is well aware that Primus features very highly with VOBIS, especially through the exceptional $1 million-earner Burning Front who has won more VOBIS bonuses and prizemoney than any other racehorse.

“It’s a great initiative for Victorian breeders, that not only do we want to support, but we also look forward to reaping the rewards from.”

Primus was a Group 3 winner, consistently placed Group 1 and Group 2 races including the Caulfield Guineas and Randwick Guineas.

Clearly suited as a sprint-miler, Primus then recorded consecutive stakes wins in the Listed Show County and the Group 3 Tramway Quality. He retired with four wins and six placings from 17 career starts, amassing $524,780 in prize money.

He hails from the all-conquering Denise’s Joy maternal family which includes champion mare More Joyous, Group 1 winners Miss Danehill, Arlington Road, Fenway, Bentley Biscuit, Sunday Joy and Tuesday Joy and Champion NZ sire, Thorn Park.

Primus’s progeny includes his most celebrated son, Burning Front who will aim to pick up a maiden Group 1 win this Spring under the care of Darren Weir.

Primus has also sired the Victorian bred Singapore listed winner Laughing Gravy, the talented Apollo Creed, Sandown winner Rooboy, three-time winner Jarrvis and metropolitan winners Firestorm and Primitive Man.

Current galloper and Flemington winner, Niminypiminy has his ‘hoof on the till’ with a great last up run at Caulfield, and is ready for a promising spring ahead.

Primus will be standing for $4,400 (GST incl) at Sutherlands Downs. That fee includes agistment for the mare until a 45-day positive test is recorded.

Sutherlands Downs consists of 107 acres of improved pasture ideal for horses, with Horse Rail fencing and individual foaling paddocks close to the house. Mares are individually cared for, rugged when required, alarmed and well fed.

Please call Rene Pompe and Tammy Miller on 0419 764 940 or for more information.

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