archive News on Blue Gum Farm
(Canford Cliffs pictured above streaking away to win the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot by Six Lengths)
Group 1-winning miler Canford Cliffs will stand at Blue Gum Farm in Victoria from this year. Canford Cliffs was retired to stud last year, and is currently standing his first season at Coolmore’s County Tipperary farm, after suffering a leg injury when he chased Frankel home in the Sussex Stakes (Gr 1, 1m) at Goodwood last August. Trained in England by Richard Hannon, who has said that the colt was the best horse he had trained in over 40 years of training, Canford Cliffs won five successive races at the highest level before running second to Frankel in the Sussex Stakes.
At two, Canford Cliffs won the Coventry Stakes (Gr 2, 6f), beating Xtension by six lengths. At three, he ran third to Makfi in the 2000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) at Newmarket before taking out the Irish 2000 Guineas and the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, and then the Sussex Stakes all at Group 1 level over a mile. At four, he won the Lockinge Stakes (Gr 1, 1m) before beating the Champion mare Goldikova in the Queen Anne Stakes (Gr 1, 1m).
“We are delighted to have acquired a horse of the calibre of
Canford Cliffs and I have no doubt that he will be very popular with
Australian breeders,” Blue Gum’s Philip Campbell said. “He’s a very
masculine horse with a beautiful action and showed his brilliance
at two, three and four years of age.”
“With an emphasis on racetrack performance, Canford Cliffs
ranks as the best international racehorse retired to stud in Victoria
and with the yearling market wanting speed, precocity and the
ability to run 1600m, he is ideally placed for breeders to exploit,”
A fee of $17,500 (plus GST) has been announced for his first season at stud in Australia.