Dual Group One winner Toorak Toff will be put back into work in two weeks to be prepared for the Group One $1 million Newmarket Handicap at Flemington and will be kept to sprinting trips in what will be his final campaign before heading to stud. The magnificent looking son of Show A Heart has enjoyed a great spell at part-owner Anthony Mithen’s Rosemont Stud and is rearing to go.
Trainer Rick Hore-Lacy said the four-year-old could possibly run in the Group One Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield on February 25 as a lead up to the Newmarket on March 10 over the Flemington straight 1200 metres.
The winner of six races from 17 starts, the entire won the Group One Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill as a three-year-old but injury then saw him briefly retired.
After a successful operation and when a suitable stud deal could not be brokered at the end of the autumn, Hore-Lacy brought him back into work.
Second-up in his spring campaign Toorak Toff won the Group One Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield in September, beating stablemate Pinnacles and Master of Design to prove himself one of the best sprinters in the land, but could he stretch out to the mile?
He was third under 59kg behind Woorim in the Group Three Tab.Com.Au Stakes at Flemington on October 29 to further prove his bona fides over 1400m.
However, on either side of that effort he showed his vulnerability at 1600 metres when 10th to Mufhasa in the Group One Toorak Handicap at Caulfield and 15th to Albert the Fat in the Group One Emirates Stakes at Flemington, giving Hore-Lacy the answer – here was a speed horse of the highest talent but a mile was a stretch.
His best effort over the distance was fourth to Anacheeva in the 2010 Group One Caulfield Guineas, although he was unlucky when blocked for a run and seventh to Skilled in the 2010 Group One AJC Champagne Stakes at Randwick.