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(pictured above the old marvel Umatilla in his prime in 2004)

Blue Gum Farm stalwart and industry favourite Umatilla (NZ) passed away peacefully in his paddock this morning. He was 23 years old.

Born in New Zealand in 1988, Umatilla was conceived in Kentucky to southern hemisphere time. His dam, the maiden Nijinsky mare Dancing Show, had been covered by Mr Prospector’s successful son Miswaki and exported to New Zealand in-foal. Dancing Show was later exported to Australia with Umatilla as a foal at foot and what an influence she has had on the Australian breeding scene since then.

Purchased as a yearling at the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale by astute American owner/breeder Bill DuPont, Umatilla was trained throughout his career by Tommy Hughes Snr. The colt raced twelve times as a two-year-old, in three different States, and finished in the first three on eleven occasions. His only miss was in that year’s Golden Slipper Stakes. Umatilla trained on to be a leading sprinter at three and four and retired from the race track having won or placed in five Group One races with earnings in excess of $680,000.

Umatilla commenced breeding duties in 1993 and made an immediate impact at stud. He has now sired 34 individual stakes winners, including six Group One winners, who have amassed over $36,000,000 in earnings. Umatilla’s Group One winners are the dual Toorak Handicap winner Umrum, Sydney Cup winner Streak, Adelaide Cup winner Bohemiath, Emirates Stakes winner Valedictum, Karrakatta Plate winner Umah, and the recent Stradbroke Handicap and George Main Stakes winner Sincero. Umatilla was pensioned from active stud duties in 2009.

“Umatilla has been buried here alongside two of our other multiple Group One producing stallions in Noalcoholic (Fr) and Rubiton,” said Philip Campbell this morning. “It is a sad day for us all as he has been a much loved member of our family for a long time now and it has been an absolute privilege to have been associated with him. I believe that any stud starting off with a young stallion prospect, guaranteed the results Umatilla has attained in his career, would gladly accept them now. We look forward to seeing his influence as a sire and a broodmare sire continue on for many years to come.”

Pictured below one of Umatilla's last offspring brilliant Group 1 Winner Sincero