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The first week of April has seen the progeny of Elvstroem and Churchill Downs saluting in brilliant fashion.

Warrnambool on Monday saw a 2YO son of Elvstroem by the name of Gold Medals win in devastating fashion, much to the joy of the local punters who backed the first starter off the map from $2.80 into $2.00. Word had spread around local circles pretty quickly that Gold Medals had been showing a lot of ability for local trainers Bill & Simon Wilde and this was endorsed after the sparkling 2-1/4 Length victory. Jumping brilliantly straight to the front for Jack Hill, Gold Medals quickly took control of the 1000m event and when Hill gave the talented 2YO more reign inside the 300m mark he quickly put pay to his rivals, winning running away by an ever widening 2-1/4 lengths. Simon Wilde speaking after the race was full of praise for the youngster who was a $30,000 purchase from the 2011 NZ Select Yearling Sale. "He is a really nice horse who has shown a lot of ability on the training track, he has kept improving all along and we really can't wait to see him as a 3YO." Elvstroem is enjoying a very solid 2011-2012 season with 68 individual winners of some 90 races including two stakeswinners and progeny earnings approaching $1.9 Million.

Off to Sandown on Wednesday and it was 3YO gelding, Livigno who added further momentum to Churchill Downs' stocks. Having only his second career start and graduating from an impressive Bendigo maiden victory, Livigno kept his unbeaten record in tact with a very impressive victory against a strong 0-72 class field. Once again this son of Churchill Downs has been showing plenty at home for trainer Shane Fliedner, "As he learns more he's going to get better. There's a couple of nice Inglis Races coming up that we'll aim him for." Fliedner purchased Livigno out of Blue Gum Farms 2010 Premier Yearling Sale Draft for $70,000. Wednesday's victory once again showcasing the broodmare talents of grand producer Lady Violet whom has already produced G1 Winner Notoire. Churchill Downs currently sits second on the 2nd Season Sire Table by Winners with 21 Individual Winners.

(Livigno pictured below prior to going to the 2010 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale where Shane Fliedner paid $70,000 for him)

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