Hill Smith Stakes To Mill Park's Beluga Blue

Adelaide, October 10 - Champion US Two and Three Year Old Lookin at Lucky (USA) featured with his first Australian bred stakes-winner on the weekend when well bred filly Beluga Blue captured the Listed SAJC Hill Smith Stakes at Morphettville.

Renowned South Australian breeder Harry Perks has bred Group I winning fillies and mares by some left of centre US bred sires, so it’s no surprise to see his success with Beluga Blue.

Perks bred stars such as Southern Speed (Caulfield Cup) by Southern Image (USA), Devil Moon (Turnbull Stakes) by King Cugat (USA) and Go Indy Go (TJC Champagne Stakes) by Bernardini (USA) have made Mr Perks a widely respected figure in the bloodstock world.

Prepared by Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas, three year-old filly Beluga Blue surged late to snatch a narrow victory in the 1800 metres feature and has two wins and two placings from seven starts.

Consigned for sale by Mill Park at the Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale, Beluga Blue made $100,000 to the bid of Leon Macdonald and runs for a syndicate of owners that includes her breeder Harry Perks.

A half-sister to talented winner Burgundy Blast, she is the second foal of Choice of Colours, a metro winning Redoute’s Choice mare from the family of Group winners Excited Angel, Typhoon and more recently Text’n Hurley and Delago’s Secret.

Choice of Colours has colts to follow by New Approach (IRE) and Rebel Raider and was covered last spring by Bernardini (USA).

A champion son of Smart Strike, Lookin at Lucky shuttled to Coolmore Australia for just one season and Beluga Blue is his first Australian stakes-winner.