memory of former classy galloper Marble Halls was recalled at Seymour on
Tuesday when his three year-old half-sister Baluch opened her winning account
for the Peter Moody stable.
A homebred for Bob and Rosemary Scarborough, Baluch appreciated the step up to 1617 metres and unwound a powerful run from back in the field to snatch a narrow win on the line.
Having just her third start, Baluch raced very greenly in the straight for Jason Benbow and will derive much benefit from the race experience.
A daughter of promising Darley shuttle sire Hard Spun (USA), Baluch (pictured Racepix Vic) is the eighth winner from nine to race for terrific producer Joolzy (NZ), who died last year.
Joolzy is best known as the dam of Marble Halls, who won seven races including the Group I VATC Toorak Handicap and Group II VRC Turnbull Stakes, a race now upgraded to Group I status.
Another of her daughters, Tigereye is the dam of Group I MRC Blue Diamond Stakes winner Sleek Chassis, so Joolzy has certainly left behind a noteworthy legacy with one last youngster in the pipeline, a two year-old filly by New Approach (IRE).
Baluch is another promising Australian bred winner for Hard Spun, who has done particularly well in the US this year where he is the second leading second crop sire with 55 winners including 10 stakes-winners highlighted by Group I winners Questing and Zo Impressive.
He returns to Darley Victoria this spring at a fee of $16,500.