A group of successful owners and friends have found Warrnambool a happy hunting ground after Ginny Ann’s winning debut in the $130,000 VOBIS Gold Strike registered their fourth-consecutive two-year-old victory over the May Racing Carnival.

Guided by jockey Andrew Mallyon, the Symon Wilde-trained filly collected a comfortable win in the $130,000 VOBIS Gold Strike over 1000m, and in doing so, wrote history, with the owners having won the two-year-old race at Warrnambool for the past three years.

The group’s previous winners were the colts Tea Train (2018), Hecta (2017) and Rata Tat Tat (2016).

Connections of Ginny Ann after winning the Callaghan Motors VOBIS Gold Strike at Warrnambool Racecourse on April 30, 2019 in Warrnambool, Australia. (Natasha Morello/Racing Photos)

Ginny Ann, named after the Warrnambool Racing Club committeeman and Managing Owner, Dallas Ludeman’s wife, was a replacement for their beloved galloper Hecta, a horse they lost prematurely.

Fortunately, at the 2018 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the Blue Gum Farm draft they found a filly fitting the bill perfectly.

“When we found the half-sister to their 2017 victor, Hecta in the draft at Blue Gum Farm, we were happy to spend up on the filly for this year’s race,” Dallas Ludeman said.

“We knew the family, and Hecta was so talented and absolutely city class at the least. We were setting him up for the spring before we lost him,”

“We’d always planned to have another go at this race and as soon as we laid eyes on her, we fell in love with her. Emotionally it was a lovely link back to Hecta.”

“We thought she was a better model and went to $150,000. That’s the dearest I’ve paid for a yearling.”

And while so often the best laid plans don’t go to plan, especially true with horses, full credit must be given to trainer Symon Wilde, to have been able to pull it off the fourth consecutive victory.

“It’s incredible that from a yearling to racehorse – the plan has come to fruition,” Ludeman said.

“We want to thank Symon, as our long-term trainer. He spends a lot of time, patience and effort in getting his horses spot on. He has a real skill, as when he gets them right, they are certainly the one to beat.”

Symon Wilde has had a lot of success over the years with Blue Gum Farm graduates and has always rated highly the yearlings they have offered for sale.

“They have always been immaculately presented and well grown, and although it was more than what we had spent in the past, the stud’s professionalism gave us all a lot of confidence to buy this yearling.”

There are exciting times ahead for Ginny Ann, with the plan now to head to Caulfield next Saturday or possibly set her up to travel to Adelaide to run at Morphettville on Group 1 Goodwood Day in the two-year-old race over 1200 metres.

Connections of Ginny Ann after winning the Callaghan Motors VOBIS Gold Strike at Warrnambool Racecourse on April 30, 2019 in Warrnambool, Australia. (Alice Laidlaw/Racing Photos)

“The Gold Strike win was actually very impressive on paper. She ran solid times and some great sectionals. They indicate that she is a filly well above just provincial class races.

And with Warrnambool being so close to his Dallas’s heart, being a current committeeman, he was thrilled with another well attended meeting, highly regarded by racing purists.

“It was a fabulous Warrnambool Carnival and we were fortunately blessed with good weather and sunshine over the three days. The attendance was as strong and as passionate as ever, and it is a brilliant economic boost for the local community. The town really comes alive and embraces the visitors to the carnival.”

And the incredible success in the race may still have another chapter yet, and with another member of the family possibly soon having their chance to join the honour’s list.

“We are actually heading up to Blue Gum with Symon to inspect a half to Annie that is available. It is actually a full to Hecta – so it will be hard to resist.”

“I’m not sure why she was not offered for sale, but as she is still on farm, we will all go and have a look, as we would love the run of success to continue. Who knows, maybe her biggest win is still to come.”

Blue Gum Farm’s 2019 stallion roster is headed by Manhattan Rain, sire of Australia’s Champion two-year-old and Golden Slipper winner, She Will Reign.

Other progeny to demonstrate his incredible versatility include international Group 1 Weight For Age winner Whisky Baron, brilliant Group winning mares Jamaican Rain and Wild Rain and progressive Group winning stayer Runaway.

Joining Manhattan Rain is Turffontein, who has sired two individual million dollar earners with the wonderful sprinter miler Widgee Turf, recently joining the brilliant three-year-old filly Fontein Ruby. 

Other solid performers for this multiple Group 1 winning sprinter are the brilliant, dual Group winning two-year-old filly Fontiton, the ultra-consistent Group winning mare Lyuba and the current Group winning sprint sensation in Singapore, Bold Thruster.

Both stallions are proven and available to mare owners at a very realistic fee, with Manhattan Rain at $16,500 and Turffontein at $8,800.

The third stallion at Blue Gum is Glass Harmonium, who demonstrated the speed to place over 1400 metres in the Group 1 MRC Futurity Stakes and carried that speed to win the Group 1 VRC Mackinnon Stakes over 2000 metres, amassing over $1.6 million in racetrack earnings.

Glass Harmonium’s first commercial crop are now competing as three-year-old’s and are showing the same attributes on the track. From limited numbers this is an emerging stallion with Glass Warrior already a Stakes winner and Derby-placed, while Flemington winner Nordic Symphony also looks to be a stakes quality contender. Quality, and affordability at $5500.

For more information or to book in your mare, please contact Phillip Campbell on (03) 5795 3331 or visit www.bluegumfarm.com.au

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