Canford Cliffs chasing first-season record in Europe

Blue Gum Farm shuttler Canford Cliffs sired his 29th individual juvenile winner in Europe this year when Wimpole Hall was successful in England on Thursday.

Wimpole Hall (2c Canford Cliffs – Sparkling Eyes by Lujain) had been placed in previous starts at Newmarket and Epsom and was the top-rated runner in the Tote Exacta Maiden Stakes (1200m) at Chelmsford.

The colt was a 65,000gns (AUD 126,240) buy at the 2014 Tattersalls October yearling sale and is a half-brother to winners by Piccolo and Royal Applause.  “He had some useful form in the book and I had been pleased with him at home,” trainer William Jarvis said.  “It was a competitive contest but I was sure he would go well.”

Canford Cliffs (Ire) is chasing the record for the most winners by a first-season stallion in Europe.  Iffraaj set the current mark in 2010 when he sired 38 individual winners.

In Australia, Canford Cliffs has his first-crop two year-olds primed for the season ahead and Nagambie breeder Rick Jamieson reports he sired a “gorgeous” half-sister to Black Caviar at Gilgai Farm last week.

Blue Gum Farm stands Canford Cliffs for a fee of $13,750 (inc gst).