Blue Gum Farm to stand Sejardan and Flying Artie in 2023

Flying Artie will stand at Blue Gum this season (Newgate)

Blue Gum Farm’s new owners further signalled their intent to become major players in the stallion market by announcing that Group 2-winning juvenile Sejardan (Sebring) will join the Victorian farm’s roster in 2023, where he will stand for an introductory fee of $13,750 (inc GST). 

The son of Sebring (More Than Ready) will stand at Trilogy Racing’s Jason and Mel Stenning and Sean and Cathy Dingwall’s property alongside Flying Artie (Artie Schiller), who will command a fee of $16,500 (inc GST) in his first year at the stud, having previously stood at Newgate Farm. 

Trained throughout his career by Gary Portelli, Sejardan landed four of his 12 career starts with his wins headed by three stakes triumphs, including the Todman Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m). 

“We were always on the lookout for a before–Christmas, fast, early two-year-old, a horse with a point of difference and we feel he does,” Sean Dingwall told ANZ Bloodstock News. 

“He is a very well balanced horse, who has great bone and is very correct. One of the things that struck me about him as well was that he had a lovely head, but he has a lovely head, a lovely presence about him and transitionally though his body, he’s just a beast. 

“When we went to inspect him, his temperament was sensational. He came out on a rein and did everything his handler asked him to do without any issues and wasn’t worried about him – just a lovely horse.”

Sejardan made an immediate impression when he made a winning debut in the Breeders’ Plate (Gr 3, 1000m), coming home a length and a half ahead of his nearest rival, a performance he followed up with a victory in the $1 million Golden Gift (1100m). 

After a short break, the colt returned with a third-place finish in the Inglis 2YO Millennium (RL, 1100m), before adding once again to his record when producing an impressive performance to land the Todman Stakes. His final outing as a two-year-old was in the Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) in which, having endured a luckless run, which included heavy interference, he finished ninth behind his stablemate Fireburn (Rebel Dane). 

Kept in training as a three-year-old, Sejardan tasted victory in the Red Anchor Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) at Moonee Valley and finished his career with $1,225,950 in career prize-money. 

Dingwall said that throughout Sejardan’s career Portelli had always rated the horse, believing he was unlucky in the Golden Slipper Stakes.  

“At the end of the day, in his opinion, he had his best chance in the race that day. He loved the horse and thought he had so much ability from day one and reeled off sectionals he hadn’t had horses do before,” said Dingwall. “Gary [Portelli] is of the opinion that if the horse had not met interference in the Golden Slipper he would have finished in the top three, and then we couldn’t have afforded him.”

Sebring, who died in 2019, is carving out a reputation as a sire of sires, with his young sons Supido and Gold Standard doing a good job at stud, with the former the sire of two stakes winners, while the latter’s progeny is headed by Group 1-winning two-year-old Sheeza Belter.

Dingwall said he was confident the Sebring line would continue to thrive and believed Sejardan would prove to be popular with breeders. 

“We were looking for a horse by a stallion who is successful and we believe Sebring is an elite sire and with the success that Supido and the Gold Standard are having off very low and modest service fees, we felt he was a better a performed horse than either of those horses, giving him a good opportunity to be well-regarded in the market and attract breeders and their mares,” said Dingwall. 

Having made significant investment on broodmares in the past few years, Dingwall said they would be supporting their new stallion with some of their best mares and was also pleased with the feedback they had received from breeders.  

“We are breeders too, so we don’t want all of our mares to be carted to the Hunter Valley to be covered, that costs too much money. We wanted to put the horse at a price point that appealed to commercial breeders and breed to race people and we think we have priced the horse competitively,” he said.  

“The feedback we have had is that breeders will use him in his first season and we can’t ask for more than that. We are going to sell some shares in him, which we think will be attractive because we want to get people to be involved with us and be involved with us for the long haul. From our perspective, we will be supporting him with some of our best mares and we realise that if we don’t support him we can’t ask others to.” 

Article courtesy of ANZ Bloodstock News.

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