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3rd Aug

2018

2017/2018 Season One to Remember

From start to finish, the 2017/2018 season was a cracker for Bhima.

In the sales ring, two seven figure colts topped the season.

The consignment got an early start with the Pierro – Dance Card colt bringing $1,050,000 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. A lovely type out of a half-sister to the group stakes winning graduate Kaepernick, the colt was picked out by the astute James Harron.  This was followed by the farm’s top filly – a Snitzel filly out of the Group winning Augusta Proud – bringing $875,000.

Bhima ended its time at the Gold Coast as the No. 3 consignor by average (five or more sold) with its 12 horses to sell bringing an average of $369,583.

The Inglis Easter brought another top result for the farm when the Snitzel – Asscher colt was bought for $1.2 million by Blue Sky Racing, Gai Waterhouse, and Kerri Radcliffe. Joining the Waterhouse and Adrian Bott stable, Blue Sky Racing’s Julian Blaxland told ANZ Bloodstock News Waterhouse loved the colt.

“Bhima Thoroughbreds and Mike Fleming do a great job with their horses and they run off the farm. Gai, particularly, was very taken with the colt when we were up in the Hunter Valley about six weeks ago, so we are delighted to get him into Gai and Adrian’s stable.”

Bhima made another piece of history at the same sale when offering the final yearling sold by Sir Patrick and Lady Hogan under the Cambridge Stud banner. The Tavistock colt out of Group 2 winner Lovetrista was snapped up by Hawkes Racing for $240,000.

The real measure of success comes on the racetrack and Bhima graduates did the farm proud in 2017/2018.

The new season was less than three weeks old when Super Too (Hinchinbrook) lived up to her name at Randwick. The 4-year-old stepped up to a new level when lowering the track record for 1000m by two-tenths of a second in her seasonal debut.

She hit the board in five of six starts including a second in the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint and a third in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes behind Redzel. Sold to trainer Marc Conners for $25,000 at the 2015 Inglis Classic, the mare looks ready to run after finishing a good second in her first trial of this preparation on 20th July.

Group 1 winning graduate I Am A Star (I Am Invincible) added another Group win to her resume in September when she took home the Group 2 Stocks Stakes. Taking control of the race from the start, she showed off her explosive kick. The victory is her fifth Group at the Group level. The Inglis Classic $40,000 purchase is pointing to the Group 3 Aurelia’s Star for her first out in only a few weeks’ time.

The warrior Kaepernick (Fastnet Rock) finally got his well-deserved Group win in the Group 3 Southern Cross Bhima born and raised Perast (Snitzel) flew the flag around the country, winning three stakes, including the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude and the Group 3 Fred Best.

The October debut of Sacred Sword showed that the future is bright for the farm’s graduates. The Tony McEvoy-trained Exceed and Excel colt finished a close second to future Golden Slipper runner Qafila in the Inglis Debutant. The colt holds an entry to the Group 1 Golden Rose.

After a Super filly opened up the season impressively, it was fitting that another mare close it out the same way.

Already a Group 1 winner after winning the Coolmore the previous season, Heavens Above added another important Group 1 placing to her resume in the 2018 Queen Turf when finishing third to Alizee. Offered at the 2013 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, she has gone on to win nearly $1.1-million in earnings with wins or placings in seven Group level events.

With Bhima’s first foal already on the ground – the first announced by Golden Slipper winner Capitalist –it looks to be another top season in 2018/2019.

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