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A lot of thought, time and effort goes into getting a thoroughbred yearling ready to go to an auction ring. There is stallion selection followed by conception, foaling down, weaning and raising, all painstakingly done over 18 months before embarking on the actual sale preparation. That involves a very intensive eight to ten week period just prior to the auction.
During the actual sale prep it is continuous early starts. Feeding, grooming, washing, hand walking, lunging and parading, all for just two to three minutes in the sale ring where the success or otherwise of all that has been done beforehand is quickly learned. For Euroa nursery Blue Gum Farm and its clients, all the time and effort paid off handsomely at the recently completed Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction.
At the close of the 2016 renewal of Victoria’s major sale, Blue Gum Farm was clearly the leading vendor. Not only did Blue Gum Farm finish on top, but it became the first farm in Melbourne Premier History to break $4 million in gross while supplying four of the top eight lots.
With 27 yearlings sold for total receipts of $4,710,000, this year’s Blue Gum Farm Premier yearlings averaged a very healthy $174,444. Topping the draft and the overall sale was the magnificent colt by Snitzel from the Danehill Dancer mare Beauty World (Lot 474) which was secured for $700,000, making him the second-highest priced yearling ever sold at auction in Victoria. A half-brother to four stakes performers including Peter Moody’s multiple Group winner Hi World, this colt was purchased by international bloodstock agent Justin Bahen on behalf of his Hong Kong client Mr Hung.
Other notable sales for Blue Gum Farm included the second highest priced filly at the sale, she being by Champion Sire Fastnet Rock from the Encosta De Lago mare Port Augusta (Lot 118) that realised $460,000 to the bid of South African trainer Brett Crawford. The colt by Street Cry out of Original Choice (Lot 113) was purchased by trainer John Sadler for $375,000, a colt by Sebring out of Viking Turf Belle (Lot 411) was purchased by trainer Tony McEvoy for $340,000 and a colt by Blue Gum Farm’s resident stallion Canford Cliffs out of Prayers’N’Promises was purchased by Hong Kong interests for $250,000. In all, eighteen of Blue Gum Farm’s 27 yearlings sold realised $100,000 or better.
To top things off for Blue Gum Farm, at the completion of the auction it was awarded the Best Presented Draft at the sale for which Phil and Patti Campbell and their team were on hand to accept the award.
"We are delighted to have achieved such great results for our clients and the farm,” said Campbell. "We had a lovely draft of yearlings and a fantastic team of people working on them over a long period of time. The whole exercise has been very rewarding and we look forward to having another strong draft of yearlings for the sale next year.”