Canford Cliffs has just arrived back at Philip and Patti Campbell’s Blue Gum Farm in Euroa.
He’s been shuttling from Coolmore Ireland to Victoria for the past three seasons with the reputation of being a world champion racehorse and an exceptionally good looking stallion. This year he also returns as the current leading first season stallion in Europe.
Canford Cliffs was an amazing racehorse. His two wins from three starts as a two year old included a six length romp in the prestigious G2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, a meeting at which he would also post important Group 1 wins as a three and four year old.
Canford Cliffs actually went on to win five of England and Ireland’s most prestigious Group 1 races in succession as a three and four year old. His racetrack deeds at those ages saw him rated England and Ireland’s Champion 3YO Miler and then the highest rated Older Miler in the world as a 4YO. He retired the winner of 7 of his 11 races and placed in the other 4.
Canford Cliffs retired to Coolmore at the start of 2012 and first came to Blue Gum Farm later that year for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season. His first Irish bred 2YOs have Canford Cliffs to the fore front of the international breeding scene. There have already sired 19 individual two year old winners of 24 races including three very promising stakes winners.
At that figure, he is easily the leading first season stallion in Europe by winners (next best 12) and is the fourth leading European 2YO sire by winners with a lot healthier strike-rate than the three older stallions currently above him.
Blue Gum Farm Sales and Nominations Manager Chris Kent reports that Canford Cliffs has returned to Blue Gum Farm looking amazing. “He’s filled out even more and has really matured in to a magnificent looking stallion,” Kent reported.
Australia’s most valuable mare Helsinge, the dam of world champion Black Caviar, is currently in foal to Canford Cliffs and he is about to embark on another very busy breeding season.
His first Australian bred progeny are new-season two year olds.