Blue Gum Farm’s Manhattan Rain is firing out the winners of late, with seven winners in seven days, headed by the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace trained Thunder Cloud’s classy win at headquarters over 1600 metres under Craig Williams.

Blue Gum Farm principal, Phillip Campbell was thrilled to see Thunder Cloud put his hand up and be counted, with high hopes that he can be the next stakes winner for his sire.

“It was great to claim a win on a big day a Flemington at this time of year and receive some deserved attention for Manhattan Rain.”

“Maher has a high opinion of him, and as he said in the post-race interview, they believe he is very promising. He is a nice acquisition for the stable, and he arrived in super order, so they were positive going into the race – but the best thing is being a 2000 meter plus horse, he now has bigger goals ahead for the rest of Autumn.”

While other Manhattan Rain progeny are also ready to return to the track.

“The extremely talented Jamaican Rain is not far from a start having been entered in a recent race. I believe the Richard Laming stable will take advantage of her liking for soft tracks and may look north to Sydney and Brisbane for the superior wet tracker, having won the listed Glasshouse handicap on heavy going.  She has the capacity to win group races, so it will be great to see her back.”

Campbell is also hoping that the Group 1 South Africa winner, Whisky Baron who ran a brilliant second in his last start in a Group 2 in the UK, might have Dubai next on the radar.

And while there is only one Manhattan Rain yearling presented in this year’s Premier sale, there are some beautiful foals in the paddocks by the son of Encosta that buyers will see offered this time next year.

“The filly from Merton Creek is from his last crop conceived while standing at Arrowfield, so next year we are looking forward to presenting his impressive yearlings from his first Victorian crop, who are being weaned now,” Campbell said.

It is all hands-on-deck at Blue Gum Farm, as the team put the final finishing touches on a lovely group of 26 yearlings heading down to the Oakland sales complex for the 2019 edition of the Inglis Premier Yearling sale.

Campbell has been delighted with the positive reception the group has received during the pre-sale inspections and can point out a number of pleasing characteristics for each.

“As a whole, our 2019 Premier draft is a terrific group of horses, and if the parades we are having here are any indication, we are looking forward to a successful sale ahead.”

“Our three Brazen Beau’s are all well-grown types, with the big strong colt out of Innovation Girl (Lot 227) a standout. He is just a cracker.”

“None of the three are small. They have all developed beautifully and are ready to present to their best at Oaklands. We will be hoping for a nice update in the Blue Diamond with Tassort, who reportedly trialled well this week. He would provide a great fill up for all vendors offering his progeny, off the back of his highest-priced yearling ever sold at the Inglis Classic sale.”

“I particularly like the Exceed and Excel filly (Lot 379) out of the Group 3 winning Street Cry mare, Pittsburgh Flyer from the family of Champion 2YO South African filly Warning Zone. She is just a natural running type, powerful, well put together and being the first foal out of a Group winning, mare, a lot is going for her.”

“There is a lovely Snitzel colt (Lot 321) on behalf of Robert Crabtree out of Group 3 winning Savabeel mare My Sabeel (NZ) who will also have his admirers.”

While the Teofilo filly (Lot 122) has been extremely popular during inspections.

“She is a rangy staying three-year-old type that is perfect for the classics out of the Black-type wining Reset mare Cornelia Marie. She is a bit of a sleeper this filly, but once she is inspected in pre-sale parades, she is elevated in our draft,” Campbell said.

“She is quite similar to our Tavistock colt (Lot 6) out of Snippetson mare, Vergara. An 8-time winner, including at Group 3 level she has produced a well grown, big, scopey, rangy colt.”

“Although not one to aim at the Maribyrnong Trial stakes, I would not be surprised to see them both strutting around in the lead up to the Derby and the Oaks.”

“We will offer a lovely Dundeel colt (Lot 341) out of O’Katie for terrific WA breeders Neville Susan Duncan, who we have had great success selling for in the past. Dundeel is stepping up to the plate with The Inevitable at Flemington, so the timing is right.”

While Campbell can draw similarities between the Hinchinbrook colt (Lot 458) and the Press Statement colt (Lot 142).

“With both from the same male family, they are big and strong and look like real trainers’ horses, they will cop work, and are both very genuine sorts.”

Victorian sired yearlings include the Magus sired filly (Lot 469) out of the brilliant three-time listed winning mare Stella Marie. 

“She is a real sweetie, a neat and tidy filly, gorgeous little head on her, and a bright bay colour. A favourite with many including Peter Ford who was up last week for inspections. He took a real liking to her, following the success Robbie Griffiths has with Magnus progeny.”

“We have three Written Tycoon’s in the draft, the Just Meille (Lot 238) is a sweet, feminine, lightly framed filly that will continue to fill. She is healthy and bright-eyed. I particularly like the Indelible (NZ) (Lot 224) colt, he is a complete package, good size, length and strength, from a nice NZ page, and Alzora (Lot 48) is a strong fella and great mover that uses himself well.”

“Both Written Tycoon colts are out of Redoute’s Choice mares which are proving to be a highly successful cross, as 11 that have raced have all won, including the stakes winner in Teleplay.”

Blue Gum Farm will be ready to start parading their Premier draft on Tuesday morning, the 26th February to the buying bench at Oaklands.

Thunder Cloud, a son of Blue Gum sire Manhattan Rain,won the The Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy at Flemington Racecourse 16/2/2019 (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)
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