The Ramsey family have enjoyed plenty of success on the racetracks of Australia. There's barely a week passes without a runner in those green and gold colours with the distinctive white braces. Some of the memorable group winners include ANCIENT SONG (VRC Salinger Stakes Gr1, AJC Light Fingers Stakes Gr2), SKY CUDDLE (VRC Emirates Stakes Gr1, SAJC Spring Stakes Gr3, VRC Jayco Stakes Gr3), CINQUE CENTO (BTC Doomben Cup Gr1, SAJC Queen of the South Stakes Gr2, BTC Doomben Roses Gr3), OUR QUIVIRA (SAJC Dermody Stakes Gr3), NIAGARA FALLS (MRC Carlyon Cup Gr3) and SKY LOVE (SAJC Xmas Handicap Gr3). With the focus on selling the best yearlings over the past ten years, group success at the races has been elusive. Maybe not so great for the Ramsey's but it certainly means buyers are accessing the best stock bred on the farm.
It took no longer than ten years for Turangga Farm to breed a top class global galloper and ABLE FRIEND has proved to be a super star. Sold at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale for $550,000, this son of Sharmadaal and Ponte Piccolo was an impressive piece of horse flesh as a yearling. Trainer John Moore took the punt on him and has been rewarded with a "once in a lifetime horse". The Champion Racehorse of the Year in Hong Kong, Able Friend has earnings in excess of HK$52 million winning 11 of his 17 race starts. He is currently rated number 3 in the world (Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings) behind Golden Horn and triple crown winner American Pharaoh. With plenty more ahead of him, this gelding knows no boundaries.
Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Jockey Club
There was major success for Turangga Farm in the sales ring in 2014, when the Lonhro - Midnight Joy filly stole the heart of American agent John Moynihan at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sales. The hammer fell at $840,000 a new record price for a Lonhro in Australia. Named Kangarilla Joy, she has already impressed by winning on debut at Warwick Farm and looks to have an exciting 3 year old season in front of her.
John Ramsey with Lot 105 the Lonhro - Midnight Joy filly
With that great result behind them the team returned to the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale in 2015 with a magnificent son of Sepoy and Ancient Song. The colt hadn't been missed at parades prior to sales time and had plenty of buzz about him. Once in the ring he stole the show and was eventually knocked down to agent James Harron. His $1,600,000 price tag is an Australian Record for a First Season Sire.
With these records already behind the team at Turangga Farm its exciting to see what the 2016 yearling drafts may bring.