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Blue Gum hoping for Flying boost

A Royal Ascot win to star entire Artorius can be the timely push his sire Flying Artie needs to grab the attention of Victorian breeders, Blue Gum Farm’s Sean Dingwall believes.

Dingwall, who was involved in the purchase of the famed thoroughbred nursery from the Campbell family in 2022, announced the former Newgate Stud-based sire as the headline act on the same weekend Artorius landed the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes in Sydney.

Now he’s hopeful a third career G1 win on the world stage in Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Stakes (1200m) can put Artorius’ sire up in lights at a time when local mare owners are making decisions about their matings for 2023.

Flying Artie, who now boasts seven individual Stakes winners, will stand for $16,500 this spring.

“Certainly, from the point of view of Flying Artie, Artorius is his flagbearer, so winning at Royal Ascot this week would be just the kick he needs to put him back in front of people and get the local Victorian market focused on him,” Dingwall said.

“There aren’t too many stallions that get a triple Group 1 winner.

“Artorius will go to stud at $27,500, so we think that going to Flying Artie at $16,500 is very good value.

“The horse has had three Stakes winners since he came to Blue Gum Farm, which has taken him to a total of seven Stakes winners.

“Farms like Gilgai Farm have already booked mares to him and are bullish about his prospects, while Two Bays Farm, which bred Coin Toss in Singapore, have booked in mares again.”

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As well as Flying Artie, Blue Gum Farm will stand Stakes-winning two-year-old and three-year-old Sejardan in his debut season.

Dingwall said anyone that has laid eyes on the entire in recent months has been impressed with his imposing physical build and he hopes the young sire can fill what he sees as a potential void in the market in Victoria.

“We’re thrilled with him,” he said.

“We took him down to Inglis for the First Season Sire Parade at the Great Southern Sale and he was incredibly well received and we’ve had a number of people come to visit him on the farm.

“Anyone that looks at him either buys a share or books a mare, he’s that kind of horse.

“We felt that’s where the gap was in the Victorian market as there’s not really an early two-year-old-type stallion and he’s certainly that.

“We expect him to get somewhere between 130 and 150 mares.”

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