latest News on Blue Gum Farm
At the recently completed Vobis Gold Yearling Sale, Blue Gum Farm had a record gross of $453,000 for the 14 yearlings it sold. Another fine result indeed and one that means the farm now holds the record gross for a consignment to the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale ($4,710,000 in 2016) and the Inglis Vobis Gold Yearling Sale.
Achieving the high prices is one thing but of greater importance to us is that these youngsters we sell go on and perform on the racetrack. Jukebox and Ducimus are already both 2yo stakes winners this year from that 2016 Premier draft and last week, our 2016 Vobis Gold draft produced another smart two year old winner in Hecta at the famed Warrnambool Carnival.
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Purchased by astute horsemen Bill and Symon Wilde for $67,500, Hecta showed great professionalism to win in good style at his home track first up. The win went a long way towards re-paying connections for their investment in the colt with rich Vobis and Vobis Gold bonuses attached to the race. The way trainer Symon Wide and jockey Craig Williams spoke after the race, there may well be plenty more to come from this lovely colt by World Champion Miler Canford Cliffs.
Interestingly this is the second year in a row that this Warrnambool 2yo Vobis race has been won by a Blue Gum Farm VOBIS Gold graduate, purchased and trained by Symon Wilde. Last year’s edition was won by Rata Tat Tat whom the Wilde’s purchased from our 2015 Vobis Gold draft for $25,000.
Hecta is the third winner from the Melbourne winning Snowland mare Crevasse. Crevasse has already produced the recent Melbourne winner and Group Two placegetter Cliff Hanger and the stakes-placed winner Kirabo. Her 2017 yearling colt, by More Than Ready’s beautifully credentialed young son War, fetched $155,000 at this year’s Melbourne Premier Sale. Crevasse has a weanling filly by War and is currently back in foal to Hecta and Cliff Hangers sire Canford Cliffs. She will visit this year’s Golden Slipper winning sire Manhattan Rain in 2017.