Prompt Response drew the curtain on a remarkable season for Julian Blaxland’s Blue Sky Thoroughbreds (FBAA) with a Group 1 victory in the Tatt’s Tiara (1350m) at Doomben on Saturday.
It was the last Group 1 of the season in Australia and it was fitting the $500,000 finale should also be one of the strongest.
Blue Sky’s success stories in 2018, apart from Prompt Response, include G2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes winner Lean Mean Machine and dual Doomben stakes winner Whypeeo – all part-owned by major client, Mark Sowerby – while Magic Millions 2YO Classic/Silver Slipper winner and Golden Slipper third, Sunlight, is likewise a Blue Sky yearling buy (purchased for $300,000 with Tony McEvoy on behalf of Aquis Farm).
“It’s been a terrific season for our 2YOs,” Blaxland told Aushorse. “There have been 13 individual winners so far which equals last year’s benchmark – but Prompt Response’s Tiara is really special.
“Ron Hamer, who bred Prompt Response, was my very first client when Blue Sky started back in 2006 and I ended up buying Prompt Response’s dam, Prompt, for $45,000 on Ron’s behalf at the 2011 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.
“Her first foal for Ron was a Statue of Liberty that raced in Hong Kong and won six races, while her second, Prompt Return, was a colt by Beneteau and the full brother to Prompt Response.
“Blue Sky was a part-owner of Beneteau, as was Ron, and he had actually purchased Prompt to send to the stallion. Unfortunately, Beneteau only stood two seasons at Arrowfield Stud, but his two matings with Prompt produced a (Group Three) Maribyrnong Plate winner (Prompt Return) and now a Group One winner.
“Prompt was later sold privately to Newgate Farm, but full marks to Ron who has bred from just two mares. He was also a part-owner of, and raced, Diana’s Secret, which, like Sunlight, we also bought as a yearling from Widden Stud.
“Diana’s Secret would go to produce 5-time Group One winner, Dissident, which Ron had kept a 10% share in after the horse was sold to Peter Moody for $210,000 at the Gold Coast Magic Millions.
“Incredible … from two mares he’s bred and raced a Horse of the Year in Dissident and a Group One winner in Prompt Response.
“What’s more, She’s Meaner – the dam of Lean Mean Machine – was purchased by Blue Sky as a yearling and Ron was in both She’s Meaner (a 2YO stakes winner) and Lean Mean Machine!”
Prompt, meanwhile, had a yearling colt by Dissident sell to George Moore Bloodstock for $525,000 at the 2018 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale and is currently in foal to Capitalist.
Blaxland has also forged a strong relationship with Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott and their shopping list amounted to $5.25 million at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale in April.
They combined to buy 15 yearlings for leading local and international buyers like USA owner George Bolton who led a syndicate that paid $1.20 million for the Snitzel colt from Asscher (NZ).
“George and Glenlogan Park are in the colt,” Blaxland said. “Gai identified him at Bhima Thoroughbreds when we were in the Hunter Valley and she hasn’t asked me to bid that aggressively for some time.”
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