Murphy’s Blu Boy has died following a breeding barn accident at Bullarook Park in Avenel. The former boom colt had transferred to Malcolm Boyd’s Victorian stud from Baerami Thoroughbreds in NSW earlier this year.
He sired his first winner in May 2009 when Trust Me I’m Blonde was successful at Benalla. To date, he has been represented by 15 winners of 24 races at a 44% strike-rate.
Murphy’s Blu Boy (Blu Tusmani) emerged from the backblocks of Queensland in 2002 to win his first three starts by a combined total of 18 lengths. He went to Melbourne and proved the Sunshine State form-line was no fluke with a seven length runaway in the G3 Blue Diamond Preview.
The bubble burst when he was injured as a long odds-on favourite in the 2003 Blue Diamond Prelude won by Hammerbeam. Subsequent surgery punctured his career although he did return as a three year-old to win the 2004 Lightning Hcp at Gosford. He retired to stud the following year with 5 wins from 11 starts up to 1000m.