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First Foal For War

Thursday, 13th August 2015

The first foal by Blue Gum Farm's beautifully credentialed young stallion War has been born last weekend at respected Victorian breeder Leanne Smith's Bucklee Farm. The striking colt out of the unraced Al Maher mare Irradiated, who is a three-quarter sister in blood to South African Gr2 winner Bishops Rock, is a great advertisement for the young More Than Ready stallion. Bred by Bucklee Farm in partnership with Blue Gum Farm, Leanne Smith is thrilled on the arrival of the young colt. "He's a quality colt. Correct. Intelligent head with a lovely eye and lots of presence. Great nature. Good size and structure. I am absolutely delighted." A Group winner himself, War is by a proven sire of sires in More Than Ready and is a half-brother to this 2014-2015 Group One winning three year old filly Fenway, they being the first two foals from the beautifully bred Zabeel mare Deedra. A close relation to More Joyous and Thorn Park, it is no wonder this cracking individual was knocked down to James Bester for $500,000 at the 2012 Australian Easter Yearling Sale. Trained by Gai Waterhouse, War showed terrific talent right from the get go. On the strength of an impressive early two year old trial win in late September, he was highly fancied in the season opening Breeders Plate (Listed) at Randwick and finished second. He did not reappear at the race track until an early three year old when, at his second outing, he impressively won the Gr3 Up and Coming Stakes at Warwick Farm. War will be standing his second season at Blue Gum Farm this season at a fee of $6,600.

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