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Turffontein Wins Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes

Monday, 21st September 2009

Coolmore shuttler & former world champion 2YO Johannesburg (Hennessy-Myth, by Ogygian) added a Gr1 triumph when 5YO entire Turffontein (Johannesburg-Spirit Of Grace, by Dr Grace) scored a 0.75-length victory in the $350,000 Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield, after finishing 3rd in this race last year. Turffontein (ridden by Glen Boss for trainer Anthony Cummings) defeated 7YO gelding Stickpin (Pins-Reputedly, by Quest For Fame) & favoured fellow 5YO entire Raffaello (Encosta De Lago-Sweet Delight, by Rancho Ruler). Turffontein (a $70,000 yearling at the 2006 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale) currently boasts 4 wins (also including 2008's Gr2 Queensland Guineas over 1600m at Eagle Farm & Listed Wellington Race Club Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield) & 10 placings (including 2008's Gr1 Patinack Farm VRC Classic over 1200m at Flemington, Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield, Gr1 Doomben 10,000 over 1350m, Gr2 Hobartville Stakes over 1400m at Rosehill, Gr3 Jayco Cup over 1400m at Caulfield, Gr3 South Pacific Classic over 1400m at Randwick & Listed Hawkesbury Guineas over 1400m, plus 2007's Gr3 The Run To The Rose over 1300m at Rosehill) from 25 starts for $819,250 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)

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