Euroa’s Blue Gum Farm must have been thrilled coming away from the 2016 Premier sale with an enormous aggregate of $4.7 million.
But since then the exciting ride has continued as their sale graduates perform with honours on race tracks around Australia (and in Hong Kong).
On Saturday at Sandown, another Blue Gum bred star, the Tony McEvoy trained Vinland, put his ‘hand’ up for future Group 1 success.
In winning with a large degree of arrogance over a mile, the Sebring colt showed he was a major contender for the time-honoured Australian Guineas in a few months time.
In demonstrating his city racing credentials, he joins other Blue Gum 2016 draftees such as stakes winners Ducimus and Jukebox and the city-winner Pure Emotion.
“It was a lovely draft of horses, and it’s pleasing the flow of high-quality racehorses coming out of that draft, and competing with distinction on the track,” Blue Gum stud master Philip Campbell said.
Campbell remembers Vinland fondly, being a “stand-out physical specimen”.
“From the time he was born he was always above average. He was an easy colt to prep, he developed nicely and was very popular during the sale, as seen in the money he made.”
A $340,000 yearling sold to McEvoy Racing, as trainer, he had unwavering faith in the talented colt.
“He trialled super, but things didn’t go his way the last couple of starts. Tony’s patience is now starting to be rewarded,” Campbell said.
“It is disappointing that the Sandown Guineas weren’t this weekend, with Vinland having an extra two weeks fitness up his sleeve, but he has now displayed his true ability and it’s very exciting for everyone going forward.”
“As McEvoy knows exactly what it takes to win the Australian Guineas, having won this year with the very talented Hey Doc, so it’s a real compliment that he thinks that Vinland is of the standard of Hey Doc.
“His dam, the Group 2 placed Viking Turf Belle mare throws a beautiful type of foal. She has come home from the Hunter this season, and we are only a couple of days off an early positive to Golden Slipper winning sire, Manhattan Rain. We have our fingers crossed,” Campbell said.
With such success, no doubt trainers and bloodstock agents will be very keen to see what Blue Gum has to offer at the Premier Sale in March next year.
“I am excited about another extremely promising group for Premier,” Campbell said.
”We are offering a total of 30 yearlings from both proven stallions and well-credentialed first season sires.
“We have three very nice Brazen Beaus that have impressed us, the half to Vinland, a very nice colt out of the Reset mare Cornelia Marie and a half-brother to Fontiton out of Personal Ensign.
“We put so much effort into the horses that we take to the sales. Being our main sale of the year, we only offer the best and we aim to be towards the top of the vendors’ table.
Campbell says the quality Blue Gum offering is not confined to the Premier Sale.
“Although, we have other well-bred yearlings that were accepted on pedigree, they are not ready physically, so we will hold onto them, and offer them at the VOBIS Gold Sale.”
“We had a very successful VOBIS Gold Sale last year, grossing about half a million, which proves that if you have the right horse, you can do very well there.”
“I think that Inglis, TBV and VOBIS are doing a great job, especially in conjunction with the Owners and Breeders Raceday they hold to support the sale. It’s a wonderful endorsement for the VOBIS product and the sale is definitely gaining momentum.”