Sanford Cliffs held in high esteem

published: 18 Feb 2015 in Sale previews

IT is testament to the esteem in which Canford Cliffs (IRE) (Tagula-Mrs Marsh by Marju) is held that the Blue Gum Farm shuttler was chosen as the 2014 mate for Australia’s most successful broodmare Helsinge (Desert Sun (GB)), dam of Black Caviar and All Too Hard. One of the finest Irish bred gallopers to stand at stud in Australia, the five time Gr.1-winning miler defeated the likes of Rip van Winkle, Dick Turpin and Goldikova during a stellar 11 start career which saw him win seven races.

‚ÄčNever out of the first three, Canford Cliffs was also three times placed at Gr.1 level including a second, at his final outing, to Frankel in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood. Little wonder then that successful breeders are happy to support this bay stallion who earned many accolades during his racing career, such as the titles of Champion European Miler, Champion Three Year-Old Male Miler in GB and Ireland, and Champion Older Miler in GB.

A son of Prix Morny winner Tagula from the Hail To Reason sire line that produced the great Halo, and in this part of the world such influences as More Than Ready and Red Ransom, Canford Cliffs is out of Irish Broodmare of the Year Mrs Marsh (By Last Tycoon’s son Marju and from Drei, a daughter of Lyphard). Hailing from a prolific black type family with his dam a half-sister to two stakes winners out of a daughter of the multiple stakes winner Triple Tipple, Canford Cliffs boasts an exciting 4x7 cross of the influential mare Stolen Hour.

One of the best represented of the first season stallions at the Melbourne Premier, with 18 of his yearlings due to go through the ring, Canford Cliffs is bound to make his mark. Five of the Canford Cliffs youngsters will be sold under the Blue Gum banner, Lot 68, a half-brother to Listed winner Umaquest; Lot 105, a son of the city winner Crevasse; Lot 419, the second foal of dual city winner Optimizing; Lot 533, out of the Gr.3 placed multiple city winner Sorenstam and Lot 628, a grandson of stakes winner Prenuptial from the family of Marscay.

Blue Gum’s draft is one of considerable depth with another 19 stallions represented including Canford Cliffs’ barn mate Turffontein. That dual Gr.1-winning sprinter has been enjoying a good run of late and his three Melbourne Premier Blue Gum yearlings hail from strong families, with Lot 5 being out of a half-sister to stakes winners Blaze the Turf and Intelligent Star; Lot 90 a grandaughter of the speedy stakes winner Cloudlet and Lot 687 a half-brother to four winners out of a daughter of high class mare Better Draw.

Proven stallions Exceed and Excel, High Chaparral, Redoute’s Choice, Choisir, I Am Invincible, Sebring and Street Cry also have Blue Gum yearlings at the sale as do the well-regarded up-and-comers Foxwedge, Uncle Mo, Sepoy and So You Think.

Highlights of the draft include:

Lot 39: a bay filly by Exceed and Excel from Bashful Girl (Perugino). She is a daughter of a Gr.3-winning half-sister to fellow Gr.3 winner Strikeline. Grandam is the stakeswinning stayer Strike High.
Lot 132: a bay colt by Foxwedge from Dynamic Love (Brave Warrior), is a son of a multiple stakes winner whose four winners include the stakes placed Excellent Dancer.
Lot 137: a bay colt by Choisir from El Shahar (Encosta de Lago), is the first living foal of a half-sister to the Goodwood Handicap-Gr.1 winner Zip Zip Aray and from the family of big race winners Niconero, Nicconi, General Nediym and Horlicks.
Lot 239: a bay filly by Street Cry from Great Anna (Anabaa). This yearling is a half-sister to stakes placed Angelus and out of a Gr.1 placed Listed winner.
Lot 243: a brown filly by So You Think from La Siroque (Zabeel), is bred on a 5fx5m cross of great matriarch Special. She is the first foal of a city-winning daughter of Singapore Horse of the Year Zirna.
Lot 280: a bay colt by Redoute’s Choice from Inkster (Umatilla), is bred on a 3fx3m cross of terrific broodmare Dancing Show. He is out of a VRC St Leger-winning daughter of stakes winner Delgara.
Lot 422: a bay colt by Wanted from Our Dancing Babe (Belong To Me), is out of an imported stakes winner from a prolific black type family whose members include US Champion 2Y0 Filly Caressing.
Lot 453: a bay or brown colt by I Am Invincible from Pure Black (Chanteclair). His stakeswinning dam’s first two to race are both metropolitan class gallopers, the NZ winner Macka’s Back and the promising Pure Meteor.
Lot 469: a bay or brown filly by Sepoy from Red Rioja (King’s Theatre), is a daughter of an imported Gr.3 winner whose first two to race are both winners. Hailing from the Gr.1 family of Barathea, Gossamer, Sharvasti and Linton, she boasts several strains of the acclaimed matriarch Frizette.
Lot 493: a chestnut colt by Helmet from Salice (Falbrav), can boast duplications of five influential mares (Natalma, Almahmoud, My Charmer, Fairy Bridge and Lalun) within seven generations. He is out of a city-winning half-sister to speedy stakes winner British Lion.
Lot 509: a bay colt by Exceed and Excel from Shasmecka (Secret Savings). His dam is a city-winning half-sister to the stakes winners Assertive Eagle, Impressive Eagle and Soaressa. Bred on a 3mx4m cross of Danzig and a 4mx5m cross of excellent broodmare My Charmer.
Lot 532: a chestnut colt by Sebring from Sorellina (Elvstroem), is the first foal of a city-winning half-sister to the dual Group winner Phoenix Park. Carries a 4mx3m cross of Danehill.
Lot 537: a bay filly by Smart Missile from Spirit of Grace (Dr Grace), is a half-sister to Blue Gum’s Turffontein and three other winners including Lady Gracious, citywinning dam of Listed-winning juvenile Affable.
Lot 562: a chestnut colt by Sepoy from Ten Churros (High Brite), is the son of an imported stakes winner and from the family of Gr.1 winners Open Mind, Forever Together, Peaks And Valleys, Pharaoh’s Delight and Red Rocks.
Lot 584: a bay filly by Exceed and Excel from Truly Wicked (Rubiton), is a sister to Hong Kong star Amber Sky and out of a Gr.2 winner.

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Six x Six Enhanced Pedigree Grid for

CANFORD CLIFFS (IRE) 2007 Bay colt
by Tagula - Mrs Marsh, by Marju


B. 1993
GW 4 wins
f:637 r:537 w:279 SW:12
B. 1977
SP 2 wins
f:572 r:336 w:218 SW:23
  Stop The Music
B. 1970
GW 11 wins
f:666 r:556 w:401 SW:44
  Hail To Reason   Turn-To   Royal Charger 9
  Source Sucree 1
  Nothirdchance   Blue Swords 7
  Galla Colors 4
  Bebopper   Tom Fool   Menow 8
  Gaga 3
  Bebop   Prince Bio 1
  Cappellina 11
1 Stolen Date
Ch. 1970
Wnr 3 wins
f:10 r:6 w:4 SW:2
  Sadair   Petare   Moslem 26
  Collette 9
  Blue Missy   Blue Pair 4
  Miss Champion 4
  Stolen Hour   Mr. Busher   War Admiral 11
  Baby League 1
  Late Date   Hourless 4
  Herd Girl 8
  Twin Island
Ch. 1989
f:13 r:7 w:6 SW:1
Gr. 1976
GW 5 wins
f:338 r:257 w:163 SW:6
  Zeddaan   Grey Sovereign   Nasrullah 9
  Kong 6
  Vareta   Vilmorin 7
  Veronique 11
  Castania   Orsini   Ticino 20
  Oranien 14
  Chios   Nearco 4
  Chione 2
  Jolly Widow
B. 1974
f:6 r:4 w:2 SW:2
  Busted   Crepello   Donatello 14
  Crepuscule 16
  Sans le Sou   Vimy 1
  Martial Loan 2
  Veuve Joyeuse   Vienna   Aureole 2
  Turkish Blood 14
  La Canea   Vatellor 12
  La Cadette 16
B. 2001
f:4 r:4 w:3 SW:1
Br. 1988
GW 3 wins
f:1054 r:917 w:635 SW:54
  Last Tycoon
B. 1983
GW 8 wins
f:1589 r:1336 w:922 SW:81
  Try My Best   Northern Dancer   Nearctic 14
  Natalma 2
  Sex Appeal   Buckpasser 1
1 Best In Show 8
  Mill Princess   Mill Reef   Never Bend 19
  Milan Mill 22
  Irish Lass   Sayajirao 3
  Scollata 8
  Flame Of Tara
B. 1980
GW 8 wins
f:13 r:12 w:12 SW:5
  Artaius   Round Table   Princequillo 1
  Knight's Daughter 2
  Stylish Pattern   My Babu 1
  Sunset Gun 14
  Welsh Flame   Welsh Pageant   Tudor Melody 1
  Picture Light 1
  Electric Flash   Crepello 16
  Lightning 2
B. 1991
f:11 r:8 w:7 SW:2
B. 1969
GW 6 wins
f:819 r:649 w:427 SW:112
  Northern Dancer   Nearctic   Nearco 4
  Lady Angela 14
  Natalma   Native Dancer 5
  Almahmoud 2
  Goofed   Court Martial   Fair Trial 9
  Instantaneous 1
  Barra   Formor 4
  La Favorite 17
  Triple Tipple
B. 1979
GW 10 wins
f:7 r:6 w:2
  Raise A Cup   Raise A Native   Native Dancer 5
  Raise You 8
  Spring Sunshine   Nashua 3
  Real Delight 9
  Ameridouble   Nodouble   Noholme 1
  Abla-Jay A1
  Amerigo's Fancy   Amerigo 1
  Doctor's Fancy 9

Crepello (GB ) 1954 : 5m x 6f
Nearco (ITY) 1935 : 6f x 6m

Northern Dancer (CAN) 1961 : x 5m 4m
Native Dancer (USA) 1950 : x 6f 6m