Tenacious frontrunner and Bucklee Farm raised galloper Cliff’s Edge (Canford Cliffs) deservedly saluted on Friday night at the Valley in the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes after his torrid last start run at Flemington.
In the same racing pattern his fans have come to love, the Holburt family bred Cliff’s Edge strolled comfortably to the lead and was too strong turning down the short Moonee Valley straight.
Cheering loudly was his biggest fan Bucklee Farm’s Leeanne Smith who literally brought the talented colt into the world at the Greta West stud.
“Frontrunners can be hard to ride, but Jamie Mott did a great job judging his pace. He even managed to sneak in a 13 second sectional to give the boy a chance to breathe. He gave him the perfect run,” Smith said.
“I sometimes wonder if people outside the industry understand what it means to see a horse you have foaled and raised be so successful…you form a motherly bond that lasts a lifetime.
“Many of the breeders may not receive any financial gain out of their win, but we all celebrate as if we have won the lottery.
“When you have a home bred perform as well as Cliff’s Edge, you just get lost in the haze of the win, it’s just such a wonderful and satisfying thrill.”
While for some vendors the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale may have been a bit flat in terms of results, Smith was buoyed by the response her horses received from the local buying bench.
“We had a strong Premier sale and managed to place them with some very good trainers. It was a tough sale, but, all in all, our small select group did really well with most coming close to doubling their reserves,” Smith said.
Hardly having time to catch her breath, Smith has now turned her focus to April’s Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale, at which Bucklee Farm will be presenting a strong and substantial draft of eighteen yearlings.
“We have two Canford Cliffs, which is brilliant off the back of Cliff’s Edge doing so well. The filly is out of the wonderful Spartacus mare Induct, the dam of Broken, Sunday Escape and Weekend Escape. The colt is out of the Exceed and Excel mare Orphan and is a very neat parcel that reminds me so much of Cliff’s Edge as a foal,” Smith said.
“I am also very excited about my three Warhorse colts. They all have nice pages and, based on the previous sales, they are getting the right attention from the buyers.
“I know we are going to be flat out parading during the week, and we will certainly have a busy Sunday for only a little farm.”