Victoria’s spell of pouring rain has our breeding grounds saturated but no-one is complaining in the north-east of the State.
“There’s plenty of water, alright, but compared to the last five years, we’re happy to be wet underfoot,” Euroa-based Blue Gum Farm owner Philip Campbell reported on the weekend.
Blue Gum is busy with its stallion roster of Canford Cliffs, Turffontein, War and Glass Harmonium and the stud’s mares have also foaled some beautifully-bred babies this season.
Among them are Beautiful Pleasure (by Elvstroem) who delivered a Turffontein three-quarter brother to Group 2 winner Fontiton while multiple city winner Viking Turf Belle (Elusive Quality) foaled a filly by Brazen Beau.
Viking Turf Belle has a 2yo colt by Sebring that cost Tony McEvoy $340,000 from Blue Gum at this year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier.
Blue Gum’s 2015 Melbourne Premier graduate Royal Missile will be set for the Group 3 Champion Fillies Stakes in Perth after a barn-storming first-up win at Belmont on Saturday. The Smart Missile half-sister to Turffontein cost trainer Simon Miller $240,000 at Oaklands.
“Royal Missile is above average that’s for sure. It’s good to see her do that heading into the summer carnival,” Miller said.
“My main mission this time in is to get some black-type and I think she can.”
Campbell is also upbeat about the prospects of his Group 1 winning stallion Glass Harmonium (Ire). He was test-bred to a handful of mares in 2013 and has a half-dozen ready to race this season.
This two-year-old list includes a filly out of Rupert Legh’s broodmare Frolicking Miss. Trained by Mike Moroney, she has a nomination for next year’s Blue Diamond Stakes and is a sibling to 2016 Warrnambool May Carnival 2yo winner Rata Tat Tat.
“Mike Moroney and John McArdle are very happy with their Glass Harmoniums,” Campbell said.
“He had speed over a middle-distance and never knew when he was beaten.”
Glass Harmonium was initially trained by Sir Michael Stoute in England and won a Yarmouth nursery by 4 lengths before adding a Group 3 in the Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown. He transferred to Mike Moroney for a local career topped by a Group 1 triumph in the Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.
An eye-catching grey stallion, he is a son of Verglas who won the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot before embarking on a successful shuttle career between France and Western Australia.
Verglas (Highest Honor) represents the Kenmare sireline and his Group 1 winning son Silver Frost (French 2000 Guineas) is off to successful start at stud siring Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud winner Silverwave.
There were 6 stakes winners by Verglas in Perth topped by 2008 Champion Fillies winner Spirited One.
Glass Harmonium appeals as one of Victoria’s value-for-money stallions at a $6,600 (inc gst) service fee.