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DamCircles of Gold
BreederF. B. J Tagg, F. Meduri & G. Moffitt
OwnerArch of Gold P/L Syndicate
TrainerTony Vasil
Record32: 10-4-5[1]
Major wins
Victoria Derby (2003)
Caulfield Cup (2004)
Underwood Stakes (2004)
C F Orr Stakes (2005)
St George Stakes (2005)[2]
Dubai Duty Free Stakes (2005)
Last updated on 19 January 2008

Elvstroem (foaled 14 November 2000 in Australia) was a bay Thoroughbred racehorse, by world champion sire Danehill from the former champion three-year-old filly, Circles of Gold.


Circles of Gold, is a 1991 chestnut mare by the Australasian Champion Sire and Broodmare sire Marscay, she was bred at Widden Stud, where her sire used to stand. Circles of Gold was purchased by McDonald's Licensees - Frank Tagg, Frank Meduri and Gary Moffitt at the sales and raced in their famous gold/white and red colours.

Circles of Gold faced the starter on 43 occasions, winning 6 and placing in a further a 13 races, her most notable victory was the 1995 AJC Oaks, she also placed in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup of 1996 to the now deceased filly Arctic Scent, a race her son would capture in 2004. She was a winner of over $900,000 in stakes.

Her other progeny include Gold Rush, Lady Circles, Hveger, and Haradasun, winner of the 2007 Group 1 George Ryder Stakes and the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap.

Circles of Gold died at Segenhoe Stud aged 25 on 9 November 2016.[citation needed]

At the sales[edit]

Elvstroem sold for A$300,000.00 at the Inglis Sales of 2002 to leading South Coast trainer Bede Murray (most notable horses include Universal Prince and Victory Rein), however the sale fell through and he was returned to his breeders, McDonald's Licensees Frank Tagg, Frank Meduri and Gary Moffitt. Little did they realise that their Danehill colt would become one of Australia's best racehorses post 2000.

Racing career[edit]

Elvstroem was trained by Tony Vasil at Caulfield, he raced 32 times, winning 10 races and placing on 9 other occasions. His most notable victory came way in the 2004 Caulfield Cup where he beat the champion racemare Makybe Diva by a nose. Although he didn't win, his 4th in the Melbourne Cup on a track rated heavy is considered one of his best, due to him not being considered a chance of running, his other major wins came way in the Group 1 VRC Derby of 2003, Group 1 MRC Underwood Stakes, Group 1 MRC C F Orr Stakes in 2005 and Group 1 Dubai Duty Free Stakes at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in Dubai, held in 2005.[3]

He won $5,722,274 in stakes, and won from distances of 1300 metres (6½ furlongs) up to 2,500 metres (12½ furlongs). In races in which both he and Makybe Diva participated, he finished ahead of her the majority of the time.

Race record[edit]

2002-03 season as a two year old
Result Date Race Venue Group Distance Weight (kg) Jockey Winner/2nd
Won 7 Jun 2003 2yo Hcp Restricted Swan Hill NA 1300 m 57 E. Cassar 2nd - Deep in the Woods
2003-04 season as a three year old
Result Date Race Venue Group Distance Weight (kg) Jockey Winner/2nd
6th 30 Aug 2003 HDF McNeil Stakes Caulfield G3 1100 m 54 P. Mertens 1st - Cahuita
2nd 10 Sep 2003 3yo Hcp Restricted Bendigo NA 1300 m 56.5 B. Prebble 1st - Flash in the Pan
Won 21 Sep 2003 Guineas Prelude Caulfield G3 1400 m 54 B. Prebble 2nd - In Top Swing
5th 11 Oct 2003 Caulfield Guineas Caulfield G1 1600 m 55.5 B. Prebble 1st - In Top Swing
2nd 25 Oct 2003 AAMI Vase Moonee Valley G2 2040 m 55.5 P. Payne 1st - Kempinsky
Won 1 Nov 2003 Victoria Derby Flemington G1 2500 m 55.5 D. Oliver 2nd - Kempinsky
5th 17 Jan 2004 Zeditave Stakes Caulfield LR 1200 m 58 P. Payne 1st - St Elmo's Fire
3rd 31 Jan 2004 Debonair Stakes Flemington G3 1410 m 57.5 D. Oliver 1st - Starcraft
5th 14 Feb 2004 Australian Guineas Flemington G1 1600 m 55.5 D. Oliver 1st - Reset
Won 28 Feb 2004 Autumn Classic Caulfield G2 1800 m 55.5 D. Oliver 2nd - Delzao
3rd 8 Mar 2004 Australian Cup Flemington G1 2000 m 53.5 D. Oliver 1st - Lonhro
3rd 27 Mar 2004 Rosehill Guineas Rosehill G1 2000 m 56.5 D. Oliver 1st - Neillo
6th 3 Apr 2004 The BMW Stakes Rosehill G1 2400 m 53.5 D. Oliver 1st - Grand Zulu
5th 10 Apr 2004 Australian Derby Randwick G1 2400 m 56.5 P. Payne 1st - Starcraft
2004-05 season as a four year old
Result Date Race Venue Group Distance Weight (kg) Jockey Winner/2nd
3rd 7 Aug 2004 Bletchingly Stakes Caulfield G3 1200 m 57.5 N. Rawiller 1st - Le Zagaletta
5th 21 Aug 2004 J J Liston Stakes Caulfield G2 1400 m 57.5 N. Rawiller 1st - Regal Roller
2nd 4 Sep 2004 Craiglee Stakes Flemington G2 1600 m 57.5 N. Rawiller 1st - Hugs Dancer
Won 19 Sep 2004 Underwood Stakes Caulfield G1 1800 m 57 N. Rawiller 2nd - She's Archie
Won 2 Oct 2004 Turnbull Stakes Flemington G2 2000 m 57.5 N. Rawiller 2nd - Mummify
Won 16 Oct 2004 Caulfield Cup Caulfield G1 2400 m 54 N. Rawiller 2nd - Makybe Diva
8th 23 Oct 2004 Cox Plate Moonee Valley G1 2040 m 56.5 N. Rawiller 1st - Savabeel
4th 2 Nov 2004 Melbourne Cup Flemington G1 3200 m 56.5 N. Rawiller 1st - Makybe Diva
Won 12 Feb 2005 C F Orr Stakes Caulfield G1 1400 m 58 N. Rawiller 2nd - Savabeel
Won 26 Feb 2005 St George Stakes Caulfield G2 1800 m 58 N. Rawiller 2nd - Makybe Diva
4th 12 Mar 2005 Australian Cup Flemington G1 2000 m 58 N. Rawiller 1st - Makybe Diva
Won 26 Mar 2005 Dubai Duty Free Stakes Dubai G1 1800 m 57 N. Rawiller 2nd - Whilly
9th 24 Apr 2005 Queen Elizabeth II Cup Sha Tin G1 2000 m 57 N. Rawiller 1st - Vengeance of Rain
4th 14 May 2005 Lockinge Stakes Newbury G1 1600 m 57 N. Rawiller 1st - Rakti
2nd 22 May 2005 Prix d'Ispahan Longchamp G1 1800 m 58 N. Rawiller 1st - Valixir
3rd 15 Jun 2005 Prince of Wales's Stakes York G1 2100 m 57 N. Rawiller 1st - Azamour
4th 26 Jun 2005 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud Saint-Cloud G1 2400 58 N. Rawiller 1st - Alkaased

At stud[edit]

In 2005, Elvstroem retired to stud at Victoria's famed Blue Gum Stud Farm; the stud had been looking for a replacement after losing Encosta De Lago to Coolmore Stud the previous season. Blue Gum Stud has stood the stallions, Rubiton (now deceased), Noalcoholic, Rancho Ruler and the consistent sire Umatilla.

In 2005 Elvstroem covered 166 mares, at A$38,500.00 per mare. His bookings included stakes producing mare Add Tinsel (dam of Caulfield Cup placegetter/stakes winner Celestial Show & Fashion Victim), stakes winner British Lion, Group 2 winner Climb The Vine, stakes producing mare Dangerous Seam (dam of Real Jester & Seidnazar), stakes producing mare Gabbing Glora (dam of Caulfield Cup Australasian record holder Diatribe), stakes producing mare Lottey (dam of Gold Lottey), Group 3 winner Sunny Lane, Group 2 winner Tickle My, etc.

He is the sire of Carrara, winner of the 2009 BTC Doomben Slipper.


Pedigree of Elvstroem (Aus)
Danehill (USA)
Danzig (USA)
Northern Dancer (Can)
Nearctic (Can)
Natalma (USA)
Pas de Nom (USA)
Admiral's Voyage (USA)
Petitioner (GB)
Razyana (USA)
His Majesty (USA)
Ribot (GB)
Flower Bowl (USA)
Spring Adieu (Can)
Buckpasser (USA)
Natalma (USA)
Circles of Gold (Aus)
Marscay (Aus)
Biscay (Aus)
Star Kingdom (Ire)
Magic Symbol (Aus)
Heart of Market (USA)
To Market (USA)
Accroche Coeur (USA)
Olympic Aim (NZ)
Zamazaan (Fr)
Exbury (Fr)
Toyama (Ire)
Gold Vink (NZ)
Gold Sovereign (GB)
Goudvink (NZ)

See also[edit]

List of millionaire racehorses in Australia


  1. ^ Elvstroem's racing record
  2. ^ 2005 St George Stakes result
  3. ^ theage.com.au, March 28, 2005, Tony Burke

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