First Winner Bred For KZN’s Blue Sky Thoroughbreds

Talented grey Silver Fox Dog gave Blue Sky Thoroughbreds their first produced winner in their partnership. The colt won in the colours of Sterling Miller. Image: Anneke Kitching

Blue Sky Thoroughbreds, a partnership between Bruce Le Roux and Tinus Gericke, have bred their first winner after they started accumulating mares together in 2016 and their efforts are being rewarded. They are based at the farm of Bruce Le Roux in Mooi River, Spring Valley Stud, that has yielded multiple Gr1 winners and many talented racehorses over the years.

A grey colt by Legislate opened their account at Hollywoodbets Greyville last week – and looks to be a smashing individual for the Mike Miller Racing Stable after placing 2nd on debut over 1500m, and winning his third start after jumping late – showing a sharp turn of foot to win by 4 lengths over 1900m. His 2nd start shows as unplaced over 2400m – but its a race that needs to be seen, after he jumped late and had the fastest finishing 400m of any horse in the field.

Trained by Mike Miller for his son Sterling Miller and partners, and bought for just R70 000 off the 2019 National 2YO Sale, Silver Fox Dog (named by a little boy associated with the family) could be a Gr1 horse for the 2021 Champions Season.

Liz and Tinus Gericke, and Bruce Le Roux, lead in Gr2 winner A Women’s Way, now at stud for the partnership. Image: Candiese Marnewick

Amongst the 20 mares owned in partnership by Blue Sky Thoroughbreds are Silver Fantasy who has produced multiple winners and Black Type, Beautiful Princess (a full sister to 7-time winner Laser Star), Strawberry Line (whose first foal sold for R475 000 at the Nationals held in July), Trippi’s Girl, Bedloe’s Island who has produced multiple winners, the beautifully bred Modraj (IRE) from the dam line of Galileo (and the dam of Dubai winner Alareef and Gr3 Gold Vase winner Just Cruised In), Kahula, and Group winners for the partnership above who were purchased as yearlings – A Women’s Way and the Gr3 winning and at one point unbeaten Hashtagyolo, and then Rain Gal by Galileo.

The goal of Blue Sky Thoroughbreds is to acquire the best families possible in the stud book in order to breed the best, and their strike rate for purchasing fillies to race and succeed with a view for stud is excellent.

Amongst Spring Valley’s six Lots on offer at the upcoming Emperors Palace National 2YO Sale which has encompassed the KZN Yearling Sale, is Lot 89 for the partnership – a Futura colt out of the now deceased Devonella by Kahal. She has produced 2 winners, and descends from the family of Devon Air (3rd dam) that has produced Gr1 winner, Tempting Fate.

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