With the retirement to stud of Group 1 winning mare Driefontein it was time to reflect on a stellar race career from a mare which always gave her absolute all competing at the elite level of racing throughout her entire life.
A $75,000 Star Thoroughbred's purchase from the Magic Millions sale in 2011, Driefontein ( Fastnet Rock x Follow Gold ) was named after a South African gold mine. Who was ever to know that this is exactly what this marvellous mare was to become. Trained by Gai Waterhouse, the filly raced early in her 2 year old year winning the Group 3 BJ McLachlan Stakes at Doomben, prior to venturing to the Gold Coast for the 2012 Magic Millions 2 year old race which she won, in the steward's room, defeating her stable mate No Looking Back. A win in the Widden Stakes just over a month later was followed by a luckless 6th in the Golden Slipper.
Driefontein continued to race in high class races and victories in the Group 3 Sheraco in the spring of 2013 and the 2014 Magic Millions Fillies and Mares Quality preceded a campaign in Adelaide in the autumn of 2014. The mare won the Group 3 R N Irwin Stakes over 1,100 metres prior to her exciting Group 1 victory in the 2014 Robert Sangster Stakes over 1,200 metres at Morphettville.
At the time of her retirement Driefontein had won 8 races, earned her connections just over $2.3 million in career earnings and is now set to become a broodmare, having been purchased by the internationally renowned Shadai Farm in Japan to join their elite band of broodmares.
Thank you Driefontein for a career of wonderfully special memories. It was a truly magical ride with a very special race mare. Good luck in your new career.
The 2012 MAGIC MILLIONS 2 year old CLASSIC WINNER
The 2014 MAGIC MILLIONS Fillies and Mares WINNER
Major race wins:
2014 Group 1 SAJC Sportingbet Classic
2014 Group 3 SAJC R N Irwin Stakes
2014 Magic Millions Handicap (Fillies and Mares)
2013 Group 3 ATC Sheraco Stakes
2012 Group 3 ATC Widden Stakes
2012 Magic Millions 2 Year Old Classic
2011 Group 3 BRC B.J McLachlan Stakes
Other race performances:
2015 2nd Group 2 ATC Expressway Stakes
2014 2nd Group 2 VRC TAB.COM.AU Stakes
2013 2nd Group 2 ATC Surround Stakes
2012 2nd Listed ATC Keith Mackay Quality
2012 2nd Group 3 ATC San Domenico Stakes
FASTNET ROCK - FOLLOW GOLD 2009 bay filly - A $75,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling purchase
8 Wins with a total prize money of $2,351,205
Sold for breeding purposes internationally in April 2015 for a reported $1.5 million
Driefontein wins the Magic Millions
Driefontein and Tommy Berry
No Looking Back and Driefontein battle it out
A happy bunch of owners
DRIEFONTEIN winning the 2014 Magic Millions Fillies and Mares Quality