One of Australia's favored sons, Elvstroem, known down under as Elvis and winner of more than $5 million (U.S. $3.8 million), will stand at stud this year during the southern hemisphere season at a fee of $35,000 (U.S. $28,000) it was announced Friday.
Elvstroem, which is the surname of a Danish Olympian, will stand at Blue Gum Farm in Victoria. He is owned by the Elvstroem Syndicate.
Elvis (Danehill--Circles Of Gold) won the hearts of Aussie racing fans winning four group 1 races before heading to Dubai to contest the Dubai Duty Free Stakes (UAE-I) worth U.S. $2 million.
Elvstroem drew the extreme outside gate in Dubai, a post from which no horse had ever won the race. But Elvis jumped to the front, rolled out solid fractions, and won the race as he liked by nearly three lengths.
He heads to Hong Kong next for yet another international group 1 event, the Queen Elizabeth Cup in April.
The $35,000 fee makes him the highest priced stallion in Victoria and seventh highest priced in Australia. He has much going for him: he's by Danehill; he's from a colonial bred blue hen mare; and he's a group 1 winning sprinter and miler.