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What a draft!

What a draft!

Blue Gum Farm’s 2016 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale draft certainly was a magnificent collection of young horses. Grossing $4,710,000, it is the highest grossing draft ever at a Melbourne Premier sale and by well over $1,000,000 too.

Selling them for big money is one thing but having them perform on the only stage that counts, the racetrack, is the real test. And the young horses from our 2016 draft are certainly performing on the racetrack.

Jukebox was a $200,000 purchase for Ciaron Maher Racing and he is now the winner of three from three. The Snitzel colt was two for two as a two year old when his best win was in the $250,000 Inglis Premier race at Caulfield. Last Saturday, at the same track, Jukebox showed that he was in for a terrific Spring three year old campaign with a most impressive first up victory in the Gr3 Vain Stakes. His next assignment will be the Gr2 Danehill Stakes at Flemington on September 16.

Ducimus topped the 2016 sale at $700,000 at which price Mr Little Hung and Bahen Bloodstock held sway. Entrusting this Snitzel colt’s care to master trainer John Hawkes, Ducimus also had a very productive two year old campaign which saw him win his first two starts including the Listed VRC Talindert Stakes. At his third start he finished a very close second in the Gr3 Pago Pago Stakes before being turned out. His close up fourth in Jukebox’s Vain Stakes indicated that he is getting back to his best and also has a good Spring three year old campaign ahead of him.

Pure Emotion was a $180,000 purchase for trainer Clinton McDonald who has done an excellent job of building on her value for her owners. From just a handful of starts as a two year old, this Exceed and Excel filly has won and run second at Moonee Valley and also run second at Geelong. She is back in training now for her Spring three year old campaign.

Fantastic Show was a $140,000 yearling purchase who has found his way to Hong Kong. Under the guidance of Y S Tsui this Not A Single Doubt colt was an impressive two year old winner there towards the end of their last racing season. We will be closely watching his progress as a three year old in the new Hong Kong racing season.

And just last Monday at Echuca our 5th graduate from this draft became a winner when Equestria, a $115,000 purchase for Paul Moroney Bloodstock, broke his maiden at his first outing defeating older horses in the process. Trained by Mike Moroney, the colt by Your Song started favourite in the race and overcame difficulties before really exercising his authority at the finish. He too looks an exciting prospect for the future.

We look forward to following these horses and others from this wonderful draft in the coming weeks.

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