Seven to Start
Sydney – 4 August, 2012
Top class sire Stratum was the youngest stallion to crack a century of winners last season and he’s hit the ground running since August 1 siring seven winners in four days including Big Bonanza, who bolted in with the last race at Canterbury on Saturday.
The Don Robb trained five year-old was having his third run back from a spell and despite being easy in the market gave nothing else a chance in leading all the way to win the Benchmark 80 event over 1200 metres by a commanding two and three-quarter lengths.
Retained to race by his breeder, Big Bonanza has won seven of 21 starts earning just shy of $200,000 in prizemoney.
Big Bonanza is a half-brother to stakes-placed Danaurum and is one of four winners from Gold, a half-sister to Group I winner Z’Oro.
With his oldest progeny just turned five, Stratum is the sire of 161 winners of $13.4 million in prizemoney highlighted by a dozen stakes-winners led by Group I stars Crystal Lily and Streama.
Stratum stands at a fee of $44,000 in 2012.