Victorian breeders are blessed with a diverse selection of first season sire talent this spring, but for those seeking genuine Group I Australian speed and precocity there is really only one choice.
Before Danehill came along and changed the bloodstock landscape in Australia forever, our racing was dominated by descendants of the great Star Kingdom (IRE) and it’s through this brilliant sireline that we have dual Group I winning sprinter Toorak Toff, who stands his debut season with Rosemont Stud this spring at a fee of $16,500 inc. GST.
A striking chestnut by champion Queensland sire Show a Heart, Toorak Toff was bought from Magic Millions on the advice of one of the best judges in the business in Rick Hore-Lacy and hit the ground running at two.
He won three of his first four starts including the Group III SAJC The Jansz in Adelaide before travelling to Sydney for the Group I AJC Sires Produce Stakes and Champagne Stakes, where Toorak Toff finished on the heels of the placegetters after encountering the worst of luck.
He atoned in the spring, returning to Sydney for the $1million Group I ATC Golden Rose, which he won in the sizzling time of 1:21.90 for the 1400 metres, setting a race record that remains.
His effort to hold the race record for the Golden Rose is a noteworthy one given the quality of other winners such as Manawanui, Denman, Duporth, Forensics, etc.
Back in action at four, Toorak Toff recaptured his brilliance to win the Group I MRC Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes over 1400 metres in dominant fashion leaving subsequent Group I winner Master of Design and boom colt Smart Missile struggling in his wake.
Toorak Toff clocked 1:21.95 for the trip, making him the second fastest winner of this time honoured Group I sprint behind only Exceed and Excel, who still holds the course record.
Exceed and Excel is not the only past winner of this race to go on to a highly successful career at stud, with Testa Rossa and Encosta de Lago also counting the prestigious Caulfield sprint on their resume.
“The top 10 stallions on the sires table in this country all had very good two and three year-old form, bar Reset who didn’t race as a two year-old,” points out Rosemont Stud’s Dean Harvey.
“Toorak Toff was a Group III winning juvenile, who was desperately unlucky in his only two Group I starts and then won at Group I level at three and four, so he has the race track ingredients for sire success.
“He is a smashing looking horse, he was exceptionally fast and is the last of the Star Kingdom blood…….to me it is a no brainer for success.”
Free of Danehill blood and carrying a double cross of the great Star Kingdom, Toorak Toff looms as a very attractive proposition for breeders looking for something different, but proven as complimentary to the prevalent bloodlines.
To help Toorak Toff on his way, Rosemont Stud have been acquiring quality mares that will help to give him a flying start.
Some of the mares set to join Toorak Toff’s harem include:
Gold Lottey – Dual Group IIII winner
Skewiff – Dual Group III winner
Vignor – Stakes-winner
Volksini (NZ) – Stakes-winner-
Eramor – Stakes-winner
Feelers – Stakes-winner
Fairessa – Half-sister to Group II winner Grey Song and Group III winner Tonz More Fun
Rhianna Louise – Dam of Group III winner Pepperwood