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Umatilla (NZ) and the Karrakatta Plate

Umatilla (NZ) and the Karrakatta Plate

The Karrakatta Plate has long been regarded as Western Australia’s premier two year old race. Back in 1990, a very tough colt by Miswaki named Umatilla won the Group One race when it was held on Boxing Day. Umatilla ended up having 12 starts in four different States as a 2yo, recording 3 wins and 8 placings including a second in the Group One Blue Diamond Stakes. His only unplaced run at two was in that year’s edition of the Golden Slipper Stakes.

In 1993, Umatilla was retired to stud at Blue Gum Farm where he had a long and very successful stud career. He passed away peacefully in 2011 and is buried at Blue Gum Farm. During his stud career, Umatilla produced 33 stakes winners including six Group One winners, one of which was the 1996 WATC Karrakatta Plate winner Umah.

In this year’s running of the Karrakatta Plate, Umatilla again had a very strong hand in the result. The race was won easily by the Oratorio (AUS) colt Lucky Street who is out of the Umatilla mare Rumours. Lucky Street has won four of his five starts now for earnings of $609,950. A very handy race filly herself, Rumours was a result of Umatilla’s second season at stud.

As a broodmare sire, Umatilla has produced 21 Stakes winners, with a winners to runners percentage of 61.9%. He continues to prove his worth to the Australian thoroughbred breeding industry.