Greta West gelding stars at Seymour

Greta West Stud sire King Of Prussia maintained his winning momentum when Turiff scored an all-the-way victory in the $50,000 Chatswood Vase Inglis Hcp (1300m) at Seymour on Sunday.

Turiff (3g King Of Prussia – Nandaly by Geiger Counter) hit the ground running and dictated terms under Linda Meech to prevail by a neck.  He had put the writing on the wall with recent placings behind Sayahailmary at Wodonga and Achievements at Sandown.

Sayahailmary (Keep The Faith) had franked the form when she came to town and won at Caulfield a day before the Chatswood Vase at Seymour.

Turiff is trained at Bendigo by Rod Symons for his wife Janine and son Drew.  “He’s always shown ability right from the time he beat some older horses in a hit-out as a young two year-old,” Symons explained.  “We gave him time and this is still only his first full-on preparation.”

The gelding is nominated for a quick turnaround in the Listed VRC Henry Bucks Stakes (1400m) at Flemington this Saturday.  And Symons has the option of keeping him for a 1500m event at Moonee Valley a week later.

Symons inherited Turiff’s dam Nandaly from his father George.  She is an unraced half-sister to Devonshire (Racer’s Edge) who won 13 races for Symons and was also G2 placed behind Sylvaner at 2003 Marsh Classic at Morphettville.  

Nandaly has a strong two year-old filly by Greta West resident Man Of Illusion that’s due to resume work soon.  The mare has a yearling filly by Chatswood Stud evergreen Racer’s Edge and is in foal to Chatswood’s Flying Spur sire Primus.

“She’s gets in foal every year,” Symons said.  “After Turiff fired up, I rang Laurie McCarthy at Greta West and booked her in to King Of Prussia again this year.”

King Of Prussia has sired 72 individual winners at a 53% strike-rate and he rates very highly for breeders looking for a stallion in the $3,000 bracket.

He is a son of Anabaa and is bred on the same Sir Tristram cross as last-start MVRC McKenzie Stakes winner Anacheeva.  The Peter Moody trained colt could clash with Turiff when he attempts to make it a Listed double in the Henry Bucks Stakes this Saturday.

King Of Prussia (Anabaa) was a brilliant juvenile winner on debut at Flemington but a leg injury curtailed his career after just 8 starts.  Laurie and John McCarthy stand him at Greta West alongside newcomer Coubertin (Redoute’s Choice), Dangerous (Danehill) and Man Of Illusion (Encosta de Lago).