What a remarkable achievement by Burning Front to amass $1.26 million in stakes without ever contesting a Group 1 race let alone winning one!
A look at the history books suggests that there has never been an Australian flat horse win so much without lining up for a crack at Group 1 race or Magic Millions prize money… making Burning Front a very special horse indeed.
But we already knew that, even before he stuck his head out after a stirring battle with Hooked in Saturday’s Group 3 R.A Lee Stakes at Morphettville.
That was win number 18 for the big bold chestnut, his seventh success from his last eight starts.
He is the biggest ever winner of VOBIS prize money, he is the Darren Weir’s stable’s second most prolific ever winner (behind Gotta Take Care – 20 wins) and no other horse Australia wide has won as many metropolitan races in 2017.
In fact no horse in the country has won as many races as Burning Front has this year and his remarkable run may be far from over with connections considering a trip north for the Queensland winter carnival.
“He is just an incredible horse,” said Burning Front’s understandably proud breeder and owner Justin Lovatt.
“He just keeps giving and the form around him continues to hold up in high class races.”
Hellova Street, Humidor and Tally are just some of the horses to win black type races after finishing behind Burning Front in recent months.
Lovatt is hoping Burning Front will make his Group 1 debut in the not too distant future and he is not sure how his nerves will be, admitting to be a tad on the tense side each time his pride and joy races!
In the meantime he is happy celebrating another win and is also keen to give credit to the Weir stable and to Brad Rawiller who has been aboard Burning Front for eleven of his victories.
“That’s as many races as I won on Weekend Hussler and he was a champion!” Rawiller enthused, adding that Burning Front is “a jockey’s dream.”
“Is he one of my favourite horses? Absolutely!”
Burning Front is a son of the regally bred Flying Spur stallion Primus, a Group 3 winning great grandson of Denise’s Joy.
Apart from Burning Front, Primus has had 13 other winners this season from small crops. Included amongst this group are the multiple winners Kissee Mee and Call Us Primi and the promising 3YO Autonomous.
Currently on the market, Primus is also sire of the Victorian bred Singapore Group One winner Laughing Gravy.
Meanwhile Burning Front’s dam She’s A Knockout (Kingston Rule) has a lovely weanling full brother to Burning Front which has Lovatt excited! She is currently in foal to Chatswood Stud’s Reward for Effort.
For further information on Primus, contact Justin Lovatt on 0416 063 873.