The Richard Hannon trained War Glory has notched the first win of the New Year for Blue Gum Farm shuttler Canford Cliffs.
Handily placed under Sean Levey, War Glory kept on strongly to land a 1400m maiden second-up at Wolverhampton on Tuesday.
“He ran very well first time out but was just a bit green,” the winning jockey explained. “He’s come on at home and will definitely step up again. I think he will get a mile.”
War Glory (3c Canford Cliffs – Attracted To You by Hurricane Run) is owned Mohamed Saeed Al Shahi after being withdrawn from the 2014 Tattersalls October Sale. He’s the first foal of a Newbury winner and is related to G1 Irish National Stakes winner Heart Of Darkness who stood at Glenlogan Stud.
Canford Cliffs was a five-time Group 1 winner for Richard Hannon snr and was ranked Europe’s Champion 3YO Miler and World Champion Older Miler as a 4YO.
He sired an extraordinary 35 first-crop winners in Europe last year headed by Group winners Painted Cliffs (G2 Railway Stakes) and Most Beautiful (G3 Grangecon Stud). That fell just short of the record set by Iffraaj (38) five years ago.
The final winner of the year arrived on Xmas Eve when Canford Rose scored a half-length victory in the Premio Tenerani (1400m) in Rome. The Gabriele Bietolini trained filly is the first foal of Wolverhampton winner Supercharged (Iffraaj) and cost 15,000 euros at the 2014 Goffs Orby Sale.
Canford Cliffs has 12 yearlings from his second southern crop catalogued for the Inglis Melbourne Premier. The consignment kicks off with the half-sister to Group 2 winning filly Fontiton (Lot 265) being offered by Blue Gum Farm (as agent).