Big day for Hveger enhances yearling value

Big day for Hveger enhances yearling value By Martin Stevens 7:43PM 17 AUG 2016

A BIG day for broodmare Hveger on Wednesday enhanced the value of her latest yearling, who has an engagement with the auctioneer at Book 1 of this year's Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.

Idaho, a three-year-old Galileo colt out of Hveger, is as short as 6-4 for the St Leger after he eased to victory in the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes at York.

It was a deserved first Pattern race success for Idaho, having finished third in the Derby and second in the Irish Derby this season.

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In the very next race, Idaho's year-older brother Highland Reel finished a valiant second to Postponed in the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes.

Highland Reel won the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes on his last start, his third Group/Grade 1 win after taking the Secretariat Stakes and Hong Kong Vase last year.

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Idaho and Highland Reel are among three winners out of Hveger, a 15-year-old daughter of Danehill who finished second in the Group 2 South Australia Oaks and third in the Group 1 Schweppes Australasian Oaks.

Her first foal, born in her native Australia, was Valdemoro, a daughter of Encosta De Lago who finished second in two top-level contests – the Crown Victoria Oaks and Vinery Stud Storm Queen Stakes.

Hveger has been mated with Coolmore juggernaut Galileo in every year since she was imported to Europe in 2009.

She also has a two-year-old Galileo filly called Cercle De La Vie, bought by Mayfair Speculators and Peter and Ross Doyle for 460,000gns at Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.

The same auction will play host to the latest Galileo filly out of Hveger when she is offered by Camas Park Stud as lot 109 in the autumn.

Hveger hails from a brilliant Australian family that has enjoyed plenty of success on the international stage.

She is out of Circles Of Gold, a daughter of Marscay who won the Group 1 AJC Oaks and also produced champions Haradasun, winner of the Doncaster Handicap and George Ryder Stakes in Australia and the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, and Elvstroem, winner of the Orr Stakes, Underwood Stakes, Victoria Derby and Caulfield Cup in Australia and the Dubai Duty Free at Nad Al Sheba.

Elvstroem, by Danehill and so a brother to Hveger, was imported to stand at Haras du Petit Tellier in France this year.

Circles Of Gold was in turn a half-sister to the granddam of Starspangledbanner, winner of the Oakleigh Plate and Caulfield Guineas in Australia and the Golden Jubilee Stakes and July Cup after he was transferred to Aidan O'Brien.

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