Halo Line Stallions continue to impress
The David Hayes trained Be That As It May made a winning debut at Cheltenham Park on Saturday. The success doubled as an impressive debut for his deceased sire Halo Homewrecker (USA), being the first winner from his first starter.
Standing at Swettenham Stud in 2005, Halo Homewrecker was moderately supported in what sadly proved to be his only season, leaving just 39 live foals.
Halo line stallions are certainly making a strong impact on the Australian breeding scene, with the Champion 2yr old sire More Than Ready currently leading the way by producing 2 yr olds the likes of Sebring and Augusta Proud amongst others.
A triple group one winner with earnings in excess of A$2million, Southern Image was a brilliant 2yr old winner over 1200m on debut, going on to win Group one races from 1400m to 2000m. His Group one wins included victory in the sire making Malibu Stakes over 1400m, as well as joining the infamous Seabiscuit to claim the Pimlico Special / Santa Anita Gr 1 double.
His first foal crops are proof that this stallion is producing superb, early-running types that are popular amongst trainers and astute buyers. This 2008 filly by Southern Image from Speedy Cat is an example of the magnificent types this Halo Line Stallion is producing.
Southern Image’s first Northern Hemisphere yearlings sold well in the US in 2008, despite the major economic downturn. A Southern Image – Hasty Appeal colt made $290,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, to be the second highest priced offering of the session.
His first colonial yearlings are set to grace the Australian sales ring in 2009. Connections and breeders are certainly looking forward to this stallion carrying on the Halo tradition of success in both hemispheres.