Highlands Stud’s exciting sire prospect for 2018, Canford Cliffs, could be represented by a runner in the G1 Emirates Melbourne Cup later this year.
The five time G1 winner’s son Wall Of Fire is one of 140 horses nominated for the $6.25 million showpiece race, which will be run at Flemington on November 7th this year.
Trained by Hugo Palmer, the progressive Wall Of Fire ran a close second, beaten three parts of a length, to leading St Leger hope Defoe in the recent G3 Betfred Geoffrey Freer Stakes on his most recent outing.
The four-year-old colt, who accounted for G1 Investec Coronation Cup second Frontiersman by 3.5 lengths on that occasion, had been touched off by a nose, earlier in the year, when second in the Listed totepool Barry Hills Further Flight Stakes and has four wins to his name.
Wall Of Fire is not the only progeny of Canford Cliffs with big race aspirations however. Last year’s G1 Investec Oaks third Harlequeen holds an entry in the G1 Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes on October 21st, while Al Jazi, a dual winner of the G3 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Oak Tree Stakes, has been touted a potential runner in the G1 Qatar Prix de la Foret.
Also responsible for group winners Most Beautiful, Painted Cliffs and Princess Asta (as well as local Derby winner Dorset Noble), Canford Cliffs has been represented by more winners in Britain this year than such successful stallions as Sea The Stars, New Approach, Dansili and Rock of Gibraltar (Stats courtesy of Arion).