Above: Lot 117 Street Boss x Radar (filly)

Blue Gum Farm have been setting record yearling prices since the 1980’s. In 1981 they sold the first yearling to make over $100,000 in Victoria. In 1982 they sold the highest priced filly to sell in Australia, and so it has continued. Fast forward to 2020 at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale and Blue Gum Farm were the leading vendor selling 23 lots for just over $4.5 million. Amongst the draft were the two highest priced yearlings and three of the top five yearlings at the sale. Blue Gum Farm have set a precedence for the quality yearlings they are producing out of their Euroa property.

Due to the change of format of this year’s Gold Sale, Blue Gum Farm will be offering six yearlings at the sale and Phil Campbell is delighted with his draft. Of the six yearlings, four are half relations to Group or Stakes winners and another is out of a Stakes winner.

“The three fillies are terrific dual purpose fillies,” remarked Blue Gum’s Phil Campbell recently. “We have two Street Boss fillies. Lot 117 is out of an Exceed and Excel mare who has already produced a Stakes winner and lot 332 is out of a Stakes winning Reset mare. We have the Manhattan Rain filly who is a half-sister to two Group winners. I don’t believe there will be too many fillies with those credentials in this catalogue.” Phil believes they are all nice fillies noting that there is as much to recommend them physically as there is on paper.

“Lot 117 is a half-sister to Intuition, a Stakes winner of over $440,000. Her full sister reached $80,000 at this sale last year and, named Classy Gal, is pleasing trainer Shaun Dwyer. This year’s filly is a precocious looking girl, strong and correct, she has a great attitude and has impressed us through her prep. The proven cross of Street Boss over Exceed and Excel is exciting too. It has already produced the likes of Group winners Hanseatic, Petit Filous and Tris. There is plenty to recommend this filly”.

Manhattan Rain is the only Victorian based stallion to sire a Golden Slipper winner. His first Victorian conceived crop of yearlings have sold terrifically well this year. His average of $132,500 for six sold at this year’s Premier Sale was a fantastic result and these rising 2yo’s are now in some of the best stables in the land. Lot 318 is a Manhattan Rain filly out of Chalonne, making her a half-sister to the Group winners Incumbent and Royal Chalon. “The additional time that this sale has provided has proved a great benefit for this filly. She has come on in leaps and bounds and is really developing into her frame now. She too is a nice correct filly who I can see really coming into her own after Christmas this year and beyond.”

One of Blue Gum Farm’s three colts for the sale is another Manhattan Rain yearling, this fellow (lot 239) being a half-brother to Stakes winner Vinland. “He’s a big, strong colt who stands over plenty of ground and, being a half-brother to a Stakes winner of almost $400,000, he should be a popular colt. Another with similar credentials is lot 67, the All Too Hard colt out of Miss Rangoon (USA). “He is a nice, solid colt. A half-brother to the Group winner Platinum Kingdom and a full brother to the Stakes placed winner Eclair Sunshine who has just continued to furnish over the journey. His sire is certainly doing a wonderful job too.”

‘As a group of six there is plenty to recommend our draft both physically and on paper. These yearlings have Premier Yearling Sale qualifications but we decided to give them more time to come on even more physically. Obviously they have ended up with a whole lot more time but it hasn’t done them any harm at all and they are presenting very well.”

Although it is not an ideal situation, Phil has already experienced the online format of selling and been impressed how well the horses sold. ‘It would appear to me that the online format has been embraced and Inglis deserve a huge amount of credit for the time and resources they have put into developing this selling format. As a result it has turned into a wonderful tool during this turbulent time. The whole concept has continued to pleasantly surprise me and I’m looking forward to the sale next week.”

You can view the entire draft here. 

If you would like to view Blue Gum Farm’s draft, please get in touch with the stud directly to arrange inspections.