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Hucklebuck becomes Elvstroem's First Group One Winner

Hucklebuck becomes Elvstroem's First Group One Winner

For some time now we have been singing the praises of Hucklebuck, the racehorse, with all the vigor that Chubby Checker used when singing and dancing the Hucklebuck all those years ago. And why wouldn’t we of? The Philip Stokes trained galloper had compiled a wonderful record of seven wins from just 12 starts including four at stakes level. On the final day of this year’s Flemington carnival however, Hucklebuck the horse took things to the ultimate level when he brilliantly won the $1,000,000 VRC Emirates Stakes over a crack field in what is Australia’s Spring Mile Championship.

Having won the Group 3 Yellowglen over 1400 metres on Derby Day the Saturday previous, Hucklebuck backed up the week later and jumped well from the barriers. He settled in a nice forward position for jockey Dom Tourneur who asked the four year old to go forward coming to the turn where the leader, The Cleaner, tried to steal a march on the rest of the field. Hucklebuck travelled up easily on the outside of that horse and found himself in front a soon after straightening for the long run in. But he showed great determination to repel the challenge of Lucky Hussler, who came late and finished second ahead of The Cleaner, who fought on well for third. This may well just be the first of many Group One wins for the Hucklebuck – Stokes – Tourneur combination as there is no doubt that he is a racehorse of the very highest order and in extremely capable hands.

Hucklebuck’s latest deeds give us the opportunity to focus on the deeds of his sire Elvstroem. A Champion Racehorse himself, Elvstroem was a five time Group One winner who amassed over $5.7 million in prizemoney. He was an absolute beauty but like so many champion colts around the world who don’t produce one as good as themselves, he has had his share of knockers. Still, Elvstroem keeps doing a most consistent job, year in and year out. The sire of eleven individual group and/or stakes winners with career progeny earnings now through $17.6 million, the last three racing seasons have seen Elvstroem’s progeny amass earnings of $3,489,383, $3,573, 545 and $2,743,789. A very, very good record for a stallion standing at just $4,400 and a superior record to many stallions standing for a lot more. And Elvstroem more than qualifies as a proven stallion. The win of Hucklebuck in such a legitimate Group One contest only adds merit to his record.