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Quevega: her sire Robin Des Champs was imported to Ireland last year

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Quevega endorses import of Robin Des Champs

Tuesday: Cheltenham; David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle (Gr2)

QUEVEGA (5 m Robin Des ChampsVega IV)

RATHBARRY STUD could hardly have dreamed of a better advertisment for its new import Robin Des Champs than his daughter Quevega, who demolished the opposition in today's David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle (Gr2) at Cheltenham.

Liam Cashman's stud, in Fermoy, County Cork, snapped up the 12-year-old son of Garde Royale from the Haras de Saint Voir in France last September.

The stallion joined Denman and War Of Attrition's sire Presenting,  Croco Rouge and Indian Danehill on the Rathbarry National Hunt stallion roster.

At the time of the purchase, Robin Des Champs was best known for siring the French Grade 1 winner Oeil Du Maitre and Alan King's smart chaser Pur De Sivola; but since then, his son Original's victory in the Wayward Lad Novices' Chase at Kempton Park and today's win for Quevega have made the deal look extremely shrewd.

Quevega stormed away from United, a German-bred daughter of Desert King, on the run-in at Cheltenham to win by 14 lengths. She is a daughter of the Cap Martin mare Vega IV, whose other progeny include a four-year-old gelding by Dark Moondancer and a three-year-old full-sister to Quevega.

Robin Des Champs' half-brother, Robin Des Pres, was recently acquired for stud duty by Anngrove Stud.





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