|Dam||Circles of Gold|
|Breeder||Mr. F. B. J Tagg, F. Meduri & G. Moffitt|
|Owner||Arch of Gold P/L Syndicate|
|Victoria Derby (2003)
Caulfield Cup (2004)
Underwood Stakes (2004)
C F Orr Stakes (2005)
St George Stakes (2005)
Dubai Duty Free Stakes (2005)
|Last updated on 19 January 2008|
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 McDonalds 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.
At the sales
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.
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 and Group 1 Dubai Duty Free Stakes at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in Dubai.
He won $5,722,274 in stakes, and won from distances of 1300 metres (6½ furlongs) up to 2,500 metres (12½ furlongs). Interestingly, in races in which both he and Makybe Diva participated, he finished ahead of her the majority of the time.
|Won||7 Jun 2003||2yo Hcp Restricted||Swan Hill||NA||1300 m||57||E. Cassar||2nd - Deep in the Woods|
|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|
|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|
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.
|Northern Dancer (Can)
|Pas de Nom (USA)
|Admiral's Voyage (USA)|
|His Majesty (USA)
|Flower Bowl (USA)|
|Spring Adieu (Can)
Circles of Gold (Aus)
|Star Kingdom (Ire)|
|Magic Symbol (Aus)|
|Heart of Market (USA)
|To Market (USA)|
|Accroche Coeur (USA)|
|Olympic Aim (NZ)
|Gold Vink (NZ)
|Gold Sovereign (GB)|