archive News on Blue Gum Farm
(Whisper Downs pictured above winning at Moonee Valley, 10th September 2011)
There is plenty of good news surrounding our Stallions at the moment but don't just take our word for it, refer below and see what the experts and those in the know are saying.
Whisper Downs re Churchill Downs
David Hayes after his impressive win at Moonee Valley, 10th September 2011:
"He looks like Churchill Downs. He is not as polished and flashy as Churchill Downs because he was an entire. This horse has very similar markings and I'm a fan of Churchill Downs as well. He (Whisper Downs) will definitely be running here again in the Bill Stutt Stakes. If he runs well he will go for the (Caulfield) Guineas, but we will just take it race by race. I reckon he has got a nice future,"
Dwayne Dunn after piloting Whisper Downs in his impressive win:
"Today I was surprised how well he travelled, he got a great run in transit, beautiful kick off the bend and put the race beyond doubt."
ANZ Bloodstock News 11th September 2011 Edition
" Whisper Downs won this in good style. Camped in behind the
leaders to the 600m he came wide into the straight with a
sweeping move to go clear with 100m to go, able to be eased
towards the finish".
Below are the respected industry experts who reported such impressive news to their readers, just to name a few:
Johannesburg re Turffontein
Extract from the ANZ Bloodstock News 15th September 2011 Edition:
SCAT DADDY HIGHLIGHTS JOHANNESBURG
Last weekend saw the Champagne Stakes (Gr 1) and Florida Derby (Gr 1) winner Scat Daddy sire his first Graded winner when Shared Property took the Arlington-Washington Futurity Stales (Gr 3) over one mile at Arlington Park in North America. Shared Property (2 g Yoursmineours, by Belong To Me) is one of two stakeswinners from the first-crop of Scat Daddy, who was slated to shuttle to Coolmore Australia two seasons ago but failed to make the trip.
Scat Daddy is a son of Johannesburg, the World Champion 2yo of 2001 when his wins included the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, the Prix Morny, the Middle Park and National Stakes, all at Group 1 level and in four different countries.
Johannesburg shuttled to Australia where he emulated his sire Hennessy (Storm Cat) in siring Group 1 winners, although dwindling yearling market support saw that Johannesburg no longer shuttles.
As ever, such premature rejection could prove costly to the Australian industry. Johannesburg has sired 41 stakeswinners worldwide from 927 runners. His Australian Group 1 winners include Turffontein, now at stud in Victoria at Blue Gum Farm and the AJC Oaks winner Once Were Wild (inbred to Mr Prospector) while his Prix d’Ispahan (Gr 1) winner Sageburg is at stud in France.
Scat Daddy is inbred to Mr Prospector and he has sired Shared Property out of a mare by Belong To Me, a son of Danzig. This is the same cross as Johannesburg’s Royal Ascot winner Radiohead. It is interesting that Johannesburg’s other stallion so to date Teuflesburg is also inbred to Mr Prospector and has also started promisingly with his first-crop runners in North America in 2011.
Teuflesberg sired the recent Hopeful Stakes (Gr 1) runner-up Trinniberg and that colt carries another strain of Mr Prospector through his dam. The same triple cross of Mr Prospector is also seen in Scat Daddy’s Schuylerville Stakes (Gr 3) third Force de la Nature.
As of 16th September 2011 Scat Daddy continues to be the leading Freshman Sire of 2011 in the US with 12 Individual winners, 2 Stakes Winners and a most impressive 11.11% of runners are Stakes Performed. (figures courtesy of Bloodhorse.com)