Scoring an ultra impressive win at Seymour on Sunday was talented colt Decircles (3c Encosta de Lago x Lady Circles, by Ascot Knight), who thrashed a quality field to win with ease.
The Danny O’Brien trained colt led comfortably on the fence and when challenged in the straight dashed away to win the 1209 metre maiden by more than four lengths over boom colt Godspeed.
He was resuming from a spell, having not been sighted since finishing second to Running Tall in the Group II VRC Sires Produce Stakes in the autumn and has obviously returned a stronger horse.
“He’s a very nice colt and is from one of the best families in the studbook being closely related to Elvstroem and Haradasun, who were champion three year-olds, so hopefully he can also go that way,” said Danny O’Brien.
“I think he’ll be very strong when he gets to a mile… once he can get into a race and get some cover, he’ll finish off hard.”
Winning rider Dwayne Dunn was also impressed with Decircles and knows the colt well having ridden in him in two of his three previous starts.
“We’ve always had a big opinion of him and he was aiming towards the Blue Diamond last preparation, but we knew he’d be much better three and he’s shown that today,” he said.
A son of champion sire Encosta de Lago, Decircles was snapped up by Danny O’Brien for $275,000 from the Coolmore draft at the 2010 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.
Decircles is a half-brother to stakes-placed King Raedwald and Hybrid, being one of four winners from Lady Circles, a half-sister by Ascot Knight (Can) to Elvstroem and Haradsun from stellar producer and Group I winner Circles of Gold.
Foaled and raised at Coolmore, Decircles was bred by Frank Tagg’s Arch of Gold Syndicate, who have retained a share in the colt to race.
Lady Circles has a yearling filly by Duke of Marmalade and is due to foal this spring to High Chaparral.