Blue Gum Farm shuttler Canford Cliffs was represented by his first winner on Tuesday when Thee And Me won the British Stallion Studs Stakes (1020m) at Wolverhampton.
Trained by Bill Turner in Dorset, the colt made all the running to defeat short-priced favourite Rainbow Rebel. He had been well beaten at Beverley on debut but stayed on to score by over a length.
Thee And Me (2c Canford Cliffs – Lake Ladoga by Green Desert) was bred by Pat Fullam and made 25,000 euros (AUD 36,185) at the 2014 Goffs October yearling sale. His dam is a sister to LR Radley Stakes winner Secret Charm and she’s a half-sister another Radley Stakes winner Relish The Thought (Sadler’s Wells) who was also placed in the 2001 G1 English Oaks.
Canford Cliffs (Ire) was a top-class two-year-old winning the G2 Coventry Stakes by six lengths before returning to score at Group 1 level in the Irish 2000 Guineas, St James’s Palace Stakes and Sussex Stakes at three. He trained on for further Group 1 victories in the Lockinge Stakes and Queen Anne Stakes at four.
There have been four first-crop Canford Cliffs in action to date and he came close to breaking through on Monday when his filly Aktoria was runner-up at Chantilly.
Blue Gum Farm will stand Canford Cliffs for a $13,750 (inc gst) service fee this year.