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Week in and week out, Elvstroem continues to prove his worth to the Australian breeding industry. Over the past two weeks, his progeny have made a particularly strong start to this year’s Autumn racing carnival.
The Mick Kent trained mare Danestroem got the ball rolling at Caulfield on February 8th where she showed she is definately up to stakes level when finishing a close 2nd in the Group 3 Bellmaine Stakes. A winner of six races previously, this was Danestroem’s first attempt at stakes-level. She has subsequently accepted for this weekend’s Group 3 Mannerism Stakes at Caulfield over 1400m. Danestroem is out of the Umatilla mare Umansky, who is safely back in foal to Elvstroem.
The Stephen Theodore trained gelding Don’t Get Excited kept the momentum going at Mornington on February 12th with a terrific 2nd in the Listed Hareeba Stakes. This was a fantastic effort after being trapped wide with no cover early on and having to press forward to the lead. It took a very smart up and coming sprinter in Knoydart, one of the favourites for this Saturday Group One Oakleigh Plate, to beat him. Despite the tough run Don’t Get Excited still held second easily indicating that his first stakes victory is very close.
But the star of the Elvstroem show at the moment is definitely the Philip Stokes trained 3YO Hucklebuck. After an impressive first up victory under 59.5kgs at Morphettville on February 1st Hucklebuck last Saturday easily won the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes at Flemington and in doing so, took over favouritism for the Group 1 Cadbury Australian Guineas to be run at Flemington over 1600 metres on March 1st. A winner of five of his seven starts so far, this impressive galloper is shaping up as something a little bit special.
This season alone Elvstroem has already sired 52 individual winners of 76 races and has progeny earnings through $1,965,000. Through the likes of Hucklebuck, Don’t Get Excited, Danestroem and others, watch these figures grow in the coming weeks.