Group 1 winning Victorian sired racehorse, Hucklebuck, has been named South Australian 2014-15 Horse of the Year.
It was also a further accolade for Blue Gum Farm’s multiple Group 1 winning champion stallion Elvstroem.
Hucklebuck (5g Elvstroem – Kondari by O’Reilly) edged out Happy Trails at the TRSA Industry Awards held at the Stamford Grand in Glenelg. He was bred by Terry Board and is raced by Macau based owner Thomas Li.
Trained by Philip Stokes at Morphettville, he was unbeaten during a spring campaign that comprised wins in the LR Durbridge Stakes at his home track before crossing the border for victories in the G3 Yellowglen Stakes and the G1 Emirates Stakes at Flemington.
Hucklebuck pulled up sore after an unplaced run in the G1 Goodwood (1200m) in May and has just returned to work for a tilt at the G1 Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington in November. He is also eligible for the Gold Coast carnival in January.
Elvstroem (Danehill) has sired 11 stakes winners and, apart from his South Australian Horse of the Year, the honour-roll includes Outback Joe (G2 Adelaide Cup), Go The Knuckle (G2 Yallambee Classic) and Carrara (G2 Bill Stutt Stakes).
He retired to Blue Gum Farm after a career highlighted by Group 1 wins in the Victoria Derby, Caulfield Cup and Dubai Duty Free Stakes. Blue Gum Farm stands him for a $4,400 (inc gst) fee.