Progressive three-year-old Toorak Tower could be on the move to Australia and on Saturday he banked expenses for a possible relocation across the Tasman.
The chestnut was making his first appearance since December when he capitalised on a dream rails run to take major honours in the Northland Veterinary Group 1600 under Alysha Collett, who sported the silks of Victorian nursery Rosemont Stud.
“We’ve been talking with Anthony Mithen and there are a lot of opportunities in Melbourne so he may go to be trained over there,” said Chris Gibbs, who prepares the gelding with Donna Logan.
Toorak Tower was slow to begin, but thereafter all the breaks went his way.
“Alysha rode him beautifully and she had to ride him for luck,” Gibbs said. “They all peeled off the rail and they got a lovely run through.
“We’ve had him in races a couple of times lately, but scratched him because of the wetter tracks.”
Toorak Tower showed his appreciation of the improved going on Saturday and he let down strongly in the straight to account for his stablemate Marquess Of.
“She’s mixed her form a bit, but the better track and the blinkers helped her,” Gibbs said.
Toorak Tower has now won twice from seven starts and he measured up favourably against the better three-year-olds in the summer when fourth in the Listed Race 4 Life Salver at Ellerslie.
NZ Racing Desk.