archive News on Blue Gum Farm


One door closes, another one opens. Such is breeding and Blue Gum Farm is no different to any other stud in this regard. Recently we announced the addition of the top class, five time Group 1 Winner Canford Cliffs to be coming to Blue Gum Farm in 2012. On the flipside, we announce that Churchill Downs has been sold and will not be standing at Blue Gum Farm in 2012.

Churchill Downs himself an expensive yearling by in the incomparable Danehill, was a top quality 2YO and 3YO on the racetrack. He has been given every chance by breeders in his formative years having covered some 541 mares in his first five seasons at Stud. The early signs were very promising with his offspring being in heavy demand by trainers Australia wide at the 2010 and 2011 Yearling Sales and this promise continued with his early 2YO runners showing a lot of ability on Metropolitan tracks. However, as we all know the industry we operate in is judged on top level successes, black type winners, group winners, etc. Churchill Downs has had a good stream of winners during the 2011-2012 racing season, in fact he is the Leading Australian 2nd Year Sire by Individual Winners, with some 23 individual winners collectively winning 30 races. With Churchill Downs covering some 32 mares in 2011 the decision was to sell him and therefore he will not stand in Australia in the 2012 breeding season.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every person who sent a mare to Churchill Downs during his time at Blue Gum Farm. Many did very well from him as a result of the lovely style of horse he produced. For those who have supported the horse in more recent times and still have offspring to sell, we will continue to promote the horse where we can. After all he is still getting a strong volume of winners and the stock themselves are very much stamped in the mould of Churchill Downs, himself a cracking individual. Churchill Downs has been a pleasure to deal with at Blue Gum and we wish him a successful future.

For 2012 we have four quality stallions at the farm in the form of Canford Cliffs, Turffontein, Elvstroem and Red Arrow. In these stallions we believe we have something that caters for all breeders. We welcome the chance to discuss with past and future clients their mating plans for the upcoming 2012 breeding season.