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Blue Gum Farm is proud to announce that new to its stallion roster for the 2014 season is the highly talented and superbly bred WAR.
By multiple Champion two year old Sire More Than Ready from the Zabeel mare Deedra, War was consigned to the 2012 Australian Easter Yearling Sale by Strawberry Hill Stud and sold for $500,000. He was signed for by world renowned judge James Bester who recently offered the following on War.
"I consider War as good looking a yearling as I've ever bought. He's a perfect marriage of the speed, precocity and athleticism that is synonymous with More Than Ready and the quality and presence that Zabeel is renowned for. He is a superb walker with a great head and chiselled, muscular physique - all round, as impressive a colt as you could imagine. He was a fast, mature two year-old, one of the best of his generation in that respect, that was good enough to progress to win a high-quality race at three. As a racehorse, he certainly delivered on the promise of his physique as a yearling."
Trained by Gai Waterhouse, War showed terrific talent right from the get go. On the strength of an impressive early two year old trial win in late September he was highly fancied in the season opening Breeders Plate (Listed) at Randwick and finished second. He did not reappear at the race track until an early three year old when, at his second outing, he impressively won the Up and Coming Stakes (Group 3) at Warwick Farm. Making all of the running, War extended off his lead at the top of the straight beating a handy field which included Group Three winner Vilanova and Group Placegetter Drago. Interesting to note that Snitzel, Fastnet Rock, Exceed and Excel, Testa Rossa and Marscay have all won the Up and Coming Stakes before becoming top class sires!
"We are delighted to be standing a quality individual with the race track ability and wonderful pedigree of War" remarked Blue Gum Farm's Philip Campbell recently. "He is by champion sire More Than Ready who continues to produce top quality horses year in and year out. More Than Ready already has a proven sire son in Sebring whose first two crops have had a fantastic impact on our race tracks. And then there is his female family" Campbell enthused. War is the first foal of a young Zabeel mare who is a daughter of the Queensland Oaks winner and Blue Hen producer Joie Denise. At stud, Joie Denise has produced the Group One winners Tuesday Joy and Sunday Joy, the latter being the dam of champion mare More Joyous who is also by More Than Ready. And her dam is the legendary Denise's Joy.
War's 2014 service fee has been set at $8,800.