Lyuba, a ‘steal’ from the 2014 Inglis VOBIS Gold Sale, has returned her owners almost 67 times the prizemoney following her win at Moonee Valley on Saturday.
And she has been part of a ‘4 winners in 4 days’ streak for Blue Gum Farm sire Turffontein.
Darren Weir prepared Turf Talk to a Cranbourne on Friday night, Lyuba scored on Saturday, Cranbourne owner-trainer Rachael Cunningham saw Gauteng Gal win at Yarra Valley and, finally, at Wagga Wagga on Monday the Carlile family bred Central Pass saluted.
Turffontein now has 20 winners for the current racing season and progeny earnings of more than $500,000.
Lyuba appears to have the most upside of the four winners and was a confidently backed $2.40 favourite first-up in the MSC Signs Hcp (1000m).
She had stamped herself above-average with a hat-trick in the autumn before losing an unbeaten record when runner-up to subsequent Group 1 winner Abbey Marie at Caulfield in April.
“She has that same keen racing pattern as last time and settled into a lovely rhythm with cover today. She strode out and, to her credit, topped it off with a big finish,” apprentice Ben Allen noted.
Lyuba (4m Turffontein – Dancing With Amy by General Nediym) was raised at Liverpool Farm in Strathbogie by breeders Paul Aspros and Susan Keating, she has now earned $135,400 in prizemoney and VOBIS Gold bonuses.
They also bred Friday night’s Cranbourne VOBIS double bonus race winner Fudged (Casino Prince). They have entered her yearling sister for the 2017 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.
Turffontein (Johannesburg) stands at Blue Gum Farm for an $11,000 (inc gst) service fee.