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Blue Gum’s record breaking Premier draft delivers more city class

Pure Emotion as a Blue Gum Farm yearling prior to selling at the 2016 Inglis Premier Sale (Ross Holburt/Racing Photos)

Blue Gum Farm’s record breaking 2016 Inglis Premier draft continues to produce outstanding city winning two-year-old graduates.

Pure Emotion (Exceed And Excel) showed her class when the well-bred filly broke her maiden status at Moonee Valley on the weekend.

Blue Gum’s Phillip Campbell highlighted that she is now the third city winner from the draft, with the other two being the highly impressive stakes winners Ducimus and Jukebox.

Blue Gum Farm was the leading vendor from the 2016 Premier sale with an enormous aggregate of $4.7 million. Holding the record for a Premier Sale vendor, it included the top lot at that sale, the stunning $700,000 Snitzel x Beauty World colt.

“It was a lovely draft of horses, and it’s pleasing to see a nice flow of high-quality racehorses coming out of that draft, and performing on the racetrack now,” Campbell said.

“Pure Emotion has only had five starts with a couple of good placings in quality races. She ran second to the Group 1 placed Tulip at Moonee Valley in December. You can see she is a good, tough little filly.”

Trained by Clinton McDonald, Pure Emotion will now be aimed at stakes races during the Spring Carnival following her impressive Moonee Valley effort.

“We’d love to get some black type somewhere with her,” McDonald said.

“If we aim for something in the spring, maybe it could be the Group 3 Quezette at Caulfield over 1100 metres. She will have fitness on side, while the others will be resuming.”

Pure Emotion is out of the Encosta De Lago mare Beautiful Soul. Her second foal, she has a Sebring yearling filly and a Hallowed Crown weanling filly. She is in foal this season to I Am Invincible.

Ciaron Maher’s Blue Gum Farm sales graduate Jukebox and the Hawkes trained Ducimus both looked super impressive in their major Melbourne wins earlier this year.

The expectations for both colts are very high going into the Spring Group 1 features for three-year-olds.

“We assembled a lovely group of horses again at this year’s sale, achieving an aggregate of $3.5 million. That is the name of the game for us – getting as good a sales draft together as we possibly can and then watching them compete with distinction on the racetrack,” Campbell said.

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