Lucky double for Mt Hallowell Stud

Mt Hallowell Stud owner Craig Thompson claimed a feature double on either side of the continent on Saturday starting with his top-flight filly Hallowell Belle.

Hallowell Belle (3f Starcraft – Bella Inez by Beautiful Crown) broke through at black-type level in the LR Darby Munro Stakes at Rosehill to end a frustrating run as bridesmaid in feature races like the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes and G1 Flight Stakes.

She was also placed in the G2 VRC Danehill Stakes, G3 MRC 1000 Guineas Prelude and LR MVRC Crockett Stakes as a spring three year-old.  “It was a top effort and she was probably a class above them,” winning jockey Tommy Berry said.  “She had been getting beaten up by horses like Sepoy and the win will give her a bit of confidence.”

Hallowell Belle is the third stakes winner for Arrowfield sire Starcraft this season following Celebrity Girl and Perfect Punch.  She was bred by Saconi Thoroughbreds and cost $170,000 at the 2010 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Starcraft has 9 yearlings in the 2012 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale including three fillies and a colt in the Arrowfield draft.

Starcraft came close to completing a stakes winning double on Saturday when Crafty Irna was runner-up in the G3 Epona Stakes at Rosehill and The Social Network went down in a photo-finish to the G3 WA Oaks at Ascot.

Craig Thompson had better luck on the west coast when his colt Luke’s Luck powered home to win the G2 Karrakatta Plate.  The Show A Heart youngster was a $150,000 buy at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale and his share of Perth premier juvenile event was $306,000.

Fremantle based Thompson is managing director of leading ship brokerage Seacorp and has invested millions in Mt Hallowell Stud.  He also races this season’s G2 WA Guineas winner King Saul (Flying Pegasus).

Arrowfield champion Redoute’s Choice played a hand in the Karrakatta Plate as damsire of the winner.  His mare Red Queen won four races in Sydney for Gary Portelli and Luke’s Luck is her first foal.