Philip Campbell has boosted Blue Gum Farm’s foal division with two six-figure buys at the Great Southern Platinum Weanling Sale.
From the other side of the auction rostrum, progeny of the farm’s first crop sire, War, were well received, selling for as much as $60,000.
The colt (pictured), out of Al Maher mare Irradiated, was sold by Greta West’s Bucklee Farm. Other War weanlings were sold to Randwick Bloodstock Agency and Laceby Lodge.
Heritage Bloodstock’s Paul Guy purchased the All Too Hard colt ($120,000) and Tavistock filly ($115,000) on behalf of Campbell and his partners.
“It’s our fourth year together. We’re building year by year and we’re very happy with our buys,” Campbell said.
At the Premier Sale earlier this year, a pinhooked colt (bred in Victoria by Larneuk Stud) was sold by Blue Gum for $700,000
The All Too Hard colt bought by Heritage/Blue Gum at the Great Southern Sale is from Flemington stakes winner Penny Banger (Zedrich).
“He’s a second-crop foal and is big and athletic from a good family,” Campbell added.
“All Too Hard’s first yearlings went to the right homes and the foal could be worth good money next year.”
The Blue Gum purchased Tavistock filly helped kick-start Monday’s morning session when offered by Maluka Thoroughbreds. She is a NZ bred relation of South African stakes winner Mitraad (Northern Meteor).
Back at the farm, Campbell and his staff are preparing for the upcoming breeding season which will once more involve exciting shuttle sire Canford Cliffs.
Canford Cliffs sired 35 individual two year old winners in Europe last year and now he’s unearthed a classic filly in the progressive Mick Channon-trained Harlequeen.
Seen only once last year when winning a Goodwood maiden in September, she has gone to another level this term finishing second in the Tattersalls Millions at Newmarket and fourth in the Group 3 Musidora Stakes at York. She then ran a blinder finishing third in last month’s Group 1 English Oaks at Epsom.
Channon has nominated Harlequeen for the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh on June 26 and the Group 1 Irish Oaks at the Curragh on July 16.
Canford Cliffs had 8 yearlings from his second southern crop average $105,000 at the Inglis Melbourne Premier in March. He will stand at Blue Gum for a $13,750 (inc gst) fee this year.