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Ihtsahymn On Song

IHTSAHYMN’S triumph in last weekend’s WATC Kingston Town Classic (1800m) gave Umatilla his second Group 1 winner as a broodmare sire.
Umatilla is showing signs of becoming a valuable broodmare sire with 19 stakeswinners and 15 stakesplaced from 289 winners and 472 starters.
Until the Fred Kersley-trained 3YO Ihtsahymn took out the Kingston Town, Umatilla’s only Group 1 winner as a broodmare sire was Kiwi mare Final Touch, who won the 2012 Captain Cook and this years Telegraph Stakes.
Other Umatilla (broodmare sire) stakeswinners include Catapulted, Accardo, Diplomatic Force and City Of Song.
It is no coincidence Umatilla has carved out more success in Perth. It was there the son of Miswaki achieved his highest racetrack honour when winning the 1990 Group 1 WATC Karrakatta Plate (1200m).
Fast-foward to the end of Umatilla’s 17 seasons at stud and his reach into Western Australia becomes more evident. Of his 33 black-type winners, five won at least one stakes race at either Ascot or Belmont.
Chief among those were Umah (1996 Karrakatta Plate) and dual Toorak Handicap winner Umrum, who collected the 2000 WATC Lee Steere Stakes (1400m).
Both Umrum and Umah were foaled and raised at Blue Gum Farm, where Umatilla stood from 1993 until he was retired from stud duty in 2009.
They were two of four Group 1 winners that arose from Umatilla’s phenomenal first crop, with both Streak (Sydney Cup) and Bohemiath (Adelaide Cup) winning their majors over two miles.

Written By Shayne O’Cass

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