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(Pictured above yet another stunning foal by Turffontein, out of Melbourne City Winner Weekend Surprise, herself the Dam of G3 Winner Dan Baroness and Tuesday's impressive Mornington Winner, Bladon. Only a few hours old taking his first steps!)


We highlighted to our readers this year the pleasure we get from seeing a good news story that involves many facets and one that has continual updates. That seems to be a regular case in relation to the tremendous producing Rubiton broodmare, Weekend Surprise.



We have been of a firm and staunch belief that the Churchill Downs stock would greet the winning post regularly and he has started the 2011-2012 racing season in scintilating form with four runners in the form of Emerald Downs, Bladon, Whisper Downs and Spelldancer. Bladon was the latest addition to these ranks with an authoritive win yesterday at Mornington in the Hip Pocket Workwear Maiden over 1200metres. This wasn't just any old maiden win with him defeating some promising and impressively bred three year olds with the second place-getter being Mega Rich (half brother to Champion Alinghi, herself born and bred at Blue Gum Farm) and the third placegetter being Miss Hallowell, herself a $700,000 yearling out of Golden Slipper Winning Filly Ha Ha.



Bladon himself is by Churchill Downs, himself a handsome son of Danehill whom sold for $950,000 as a yearling and showed plenty of precocity running 2nd in the Magic Millions and 3rd in the Golden Slipper as well as saluting in the Widden Stakes. Such efforts saw him ranked the Joint 3rd Colt on the 2005-2006 2YO Classification. As a 3YO he won the Bill Stutt Stakes as well as running 3rd in the Ascot Vale Stakes, 4th in the Caulfield Guineas, as well as other stakes placings. Upon retirement to Blue Gum he has been extremely well received by broodmare owners and yearling buyers with his first two crops of yearlings to go under auctioneers hammer being extremely well received and attracting spirited bidding.



(Click here for his 2011 Sales Results)


(Click here for his 2010 Sales Result)



Bladon also hails from a quality female line with his dam, Weekend Surprise being a Blue Gum homebred by former resident Stallion, Rubiton. As a racehorse she was an extremely talented two year old winning her first three starts by a combined 7.8 Lengths at Cranbourne, Caulfield and Sandown. It has been in the breeding barn where she has really left her mark though.



1st foal - Petite Surprise (Rory's Jester Filly), sold 2004 Inglis Premier Sale $30,000 - Winner


2nd foal - Macsquire (Umatilla Colt), sold 2005 Inglis Premier Sale $80,000 - 5 time Winner


3rd foal - Dan Baroness (Statue of Liberty Filly), sold 2007 Inglis Premier Sale $70,000 - G3 Winner of $184,250


4th foal - Weekend Liberties (Statue of Liberty Colt), sold 2009 Inglis Premier Sale $150,000 - Winner


5th foal - Bladon (Churchill Downs Colt), sold 2010 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $140,000 - Winner



Subsequent to this the 6th foal a full brother to Bladon was sold at the 2011 Inglis Premier Sale and was knocked down to David Hayes for $100,000(Click here to view him prior to the 2011 Premier Sale). In addition the 7th foal is a lovely Elvstroem Colt whom has been nominated for the 2012 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale. As if anticipating Bladon's race start at Mornington on Tuesday, Weekend Surprise gave birth to a lovely strong Bay Colt (pictured above) by our Dual G1 Winning Stallion Turffontein at 4.20am Monday morning with both mother and foal doing extremely well.



May the tradition continue............