Don’t Get Excited revived memories of his sire Elvstroem with a pleasing victory in the $100,000 Golden Topaz at Swan Hill on Friday.
Elvstroem launched his career with a debut victory at Swan Hill in 2003. He graduated to Group 1 triumphs in the Victorian Derby and Dubai Duty Free before retiring to Blue Gum Farm in Euroa.
Don’t Get Excited (4g Elvstroem – Tennessee Morn by Bletchingly) has won 8 races from 21 starts for a Swan Hill syndicate. “I love these country carnivals and this is why,” trainer Stephen Theodore said. “I was up here last year and a client Wayne Gurnett said he had one for me named Don’t Get Excited.”
Since moving to Theodore’s Cranbourne stables, the gelding has won at Sandown (3), Caulfield and Morphettville and ran second to Knoydart in the LR Hareeba Stakes at Mornington.
Jockey Chris Symons said Don’t Get Excited had a pretty easy run even though he raced fiercely for the first half of the race. “The weight advantage really helped,” Symons said. “But he’s a classy horse anyway.”
Don’t Get Excited is a younger half-brother to Flemington stakes winners Tennessee Midnight who later foaled G1 Coolmore Classic winner Aloha (Encosta de Lago).
Their dam Tennessee Morn (Bletchingly) won the 1993 Maribyrnong Plate for the old-time team of Sandown Lodge owner Alf Dickson and trainer Angus Armanasco. Her sisters Tennessee Magic and Tennessee Mist also won stakes events in Melbourne.
Elvstroem stands for a $4,400 (inc gst) fee at Blue Gum Farm and has sired 70 winners of 126 races this season. They have earned over $3.18 million topped by Outback Joe (G2 Adelaide Cup) and Hucklebuck who struck in stakes company at Flemington and Caulfield.