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(Turffontein pictured left winning the G1 William Reid Stakes. His Sire line continues to dominate in the US and his female family continues to evolve in Australia. Turffontein a Dual G1 Winner, cracking first crop weanlings, at $8,800 in 2012 he represents great value).

It is literally all happening at Blue Gum Farm. In no particular order:

- Canford Cliffs building a quality book of mares to be covered in Australia in 2012

- Elvstroem continuing to rack up winners galore Australia wide, over varying distances, fillies and colts, with some 70+ individual winners this season he has now accumulated in excess of $7.3 Million in earnings as a Sire (at a Service fee of $4,400 in 2012 he represents tremendous value)

- Preparations of a strong draft for the 2012 Great Southern Weanling Sale, amongst the highlights being some cracking individuals by first season resident Stallions in Turffontein and Red Arrow

- Preparation of a strong draft of mares for the 2012 Great Southern Bloodstock Sale, with mares selling in foal to Red Arrow, Turffontein and Elvstroem

- Churchill Downs departing on the back of a hot streak at the races. The cracking son of Danehill has hit a purple patch in recent times with some very impressive winners in the form of Arlington Park, Clinking, Rushworth and Shambles Street all saluting in very impressive fashion. Churchill Downs is currently the leading 2nd Crop Sire by Individual Winners with 31 individual winners whom have won 41 races

Full Race Replays of these impressive winners:

- Arlington Park at Warrnambool for Mick Price and Craig Newitt

- Clinking at Ballarat for Anthony Cummings and Vlad Duric

- Rushworh at Cranbourne for Mick Kent and Brad Rawiller

- Shambles Street at Mildura for Matthew Williams and Dean Yendall

Our impressive Stallion roster continues to evolve. As many of you will note we have added the top class Canford Cliffs to our Stallion Roster for the 2012 season. In addition our existing roster is evolving. In recent times Turffontein has continued to have some upside both in Australia and overseas. Only last weekend saw Turffontein's half sister, Lady Gracious become the dam of a Stakeswinner when the Patinack Farm owned Affable won the Listed Gibsom Carmichael Stakes over 1600m at Flemington by a widening three lengths. With an impressive record of 5 starts, 2 wins, 1 second, 1 third and $88,375 in earnings so far she looks to be well on her way to continuing the families tradition of top class racing.

For those interested pedigree buffs out there. Turffontein himself is free of the Danehill/Danzig blood that saturates a large proportion of the Australian Broodmare population and with Lady Gracious being by Redoute's Choice herself, one can already see that such bloodlines should suit Turffontein. Further evidence of this being in the support of broodmare owners with Turffontein's first two books of mares carrying a lot of Danehill/Danzig blood.

(Earlier in 2012 David Hayes secured the Tale of the Cat Yearling Colt out of Lady Gracious at the Gold Coast Magic Millions for $65,000, thus a very close relation to Turffontein)

It is not just Turffontein's female family that continues to evolve. His Sire Line has been continually evolving over the past 12-18 months through Johannesburgs continued success, but more significantly another of Johannesburg's sons in Scat Daddy taking all before him in the US. On the back of being the leading freshman stallion in the US in 2011, Scat Daddy has continued to set the standard now in the Second Season Standings. At present he is well in front with some very impressive performers, statistics and versatility with runners winning on both dirt and turf, 1000m - 1800m. In 2012 so far he has had 67 runners, 28 winners, 3 Stakeswinners and progeny earnings in excess of $2.8 Million, nearly a full $1 Million in front of the 2nd placed Hard Spun.

News Flash: Overnight Scat Daddy topped the Sale Results on Day 1 of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2YO in Training Sale when a Chestnut Colt made $575,000 to the bid of Donato Lanni as agent for Mercedes Stable.

With so much happening at Blue Gum Farm we welcome you all to be part of the experience that lays ahead which we firmly believe is pretty exciting.