Just ten days after breaking his maiden at Tipperary, Highland Reel’s brother Cape Of Good Hope (Galileo) was a fighting second in Saturday’s Group 2 Superlative Stakes (7f) at Newmarket.
In doing so, he became the fourth stakes performed horse for Elvstroem’s Group 1 placed sister Hveger (Danehill).
The seven-time Group 1 winner Highland Reel will be a welcome addition to the stallion ranks in Victoria this spring when he takes up residence at Swettenham Stud.
“He ran a lovely race and we couldn’t be happier,” trainer Aidan O’Brien said.
“We were very happy with him and he is progressing lovely. We are going gently with him and you can see that with every run he is getting a bit better.
“I think he is still a baby, so he is progressing. Physically he is strong, but mentally he is still a baby.
“I don’t think a mile will be a problem when that time comes, but we’ve plenty of time for that and we don’t need to go there yet.”
Cape of Good Hope is now expected to be targeted at Group 1 juvenile races before a likely Epsom Derby preparation next year.
Meanwhile, Highland Reel and Cape of Good Hope’s multiple Group winning brother Idaho also has Group 1 goals in mind. He is among the fancies for the Goodwood Cup at the end of the month while also having an entry in September’s Irish St Leger.
Excerpts from Breednet