Blue Collar Warrior Closing in on a Million Dollars
Mark Smith - Monday, 13 March 2017

After claiming the scalp of future Group I Australia Cup winner Humidor, Darren Weir's grand performer Burning Front made it five wins in succession with a typically gritty performance in Monday's $100,000 Listed Schweppes C S Hayes Memorial Cup (1600m) at Morphettville.

Five years after left the sales ring without finding a new home, the 6yo son of Primus is one win short of a cracking a million dollars in prizemoney.

With Damian Lane having his first ride on the chestnut, Burning Front was sent off an odds-on favourite.

Under top weight of 59.5kgs, he defeated Dances On Stars (Snitzel) by a long-neck with Great Esteem (Redoute's Choice) a half-length back in third. (Grant Courtney photo).

Bred and part-owned by Justin Lovatt, Burning Front was consigned by Caithness Breeding to the 2012 Inglis Autumn Yearling Sale where he failed to make his $40,000 reserve

With his third stakes success, the son of Primus advances his record to 16 wins, 10 seconds and 8 thirds from 43 starts with earnings of $940,460.

A brother to 4-time winner Apollo Creed and a half-brother to 5-time winner Cajo Kellila (Mister C), Burning Front is the third foal of the Kingston Rule (USA) mare She's A Knockout who has a colt foal by Primus and was bred back to Reward For Effort last spring. 

Race 8 - Schweppes C S Hayes Mem. Cup
Listed - 1600m

Class: Open. Track: Good(4). Time: 1:37.46. Sectional Time: 0:34.57 at 602m.
Prizemoney: $100,000 - 1st: $64,000 2nd: $17,000 3rd: $8,000.
 1   Burning Front T: D K Weir J: Damian Lane
6g   Primus x She's A Knockout (Kingston Rule (USA) )
Not Offered
 2 0.4 Dances On Stars (NZ) T: Grant Young J: Damien Thornton
7g   Snitzel x Starnet (Last Tycoon (IRE) )
Not Offered
 3 0.9 Great Esteem T: S J Webb J: M Zahra
6g   Redoute's Choice x Park Esteem (IRE) (Singspiel (IRE) )
Not Offered
 4 2.7 Excites Zelady T: Chris Bieg J: Jamie Kah
6g   Excites x Zelady (Zeditave )
 5 5.4 It And A Bit T: R W Huxtable J: M F Poon
6g   Good Journey (USA) x Misty Lane (Last Tycoon (IRE) )
 6 6.0 Best Fortune T: W F Francis and G Kent J: Jake Toeroek
4m   Bernardini (USA) x Fortune Smiles (Anabaa (USA) )
 7 6.4 Purple Smile T: D and B Hayes and T Dabernig J: Regan Bayliss
6g   Zabeel (NZ) x By Her Smile (NZ) (Defensive Play (USA) )
 8 9.4 Miss Murra T: W F Francis and G Kent J: P Gatt
4m   Blevic x Minnamurra Girl (Thunder Gulch (USA) )
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