In one of the hottest years for first season sires in recent memory, son of Show a Heart and multiple G1 winner Toorak Toff more than held his own with the first of his yearlings on offer at the Magic Millions last week.
The Gold Coast was awash with progeny by first season stallions with the likes of Smart Missile, So You Think, Foxwedge, Helmet and show-stopper Sepoy launching their careers in the yearling market.
But the flashy Toorak Toff, standing at Victoria’s Rosemont Stud, more than held his own with seven of eight yearlings selling for an average of $90,000 with a top price of $190,000 for the colt out of Flying Spur mare Shoptalk.
“It was a massive effort by the horse,” said Rosemont’s Dean Harvey.
“He had some lovely types come through the ring up here at the Gold Coast and the breeders were rewarded. The most pleasing aspect was that they found great homes and he will get every chance to get more than a few good ones early,” he said.
And it was no understatement. Set to train sons or daughters of the fastest Golden Rose winner ever are Chris Waller, Joe Pride, Danny O’Brien, Bryan Guy, Clinton McDonald, Leon and Troy Corstens and Luke Oliver.
While it was Sepoy who stole the show with both the highest price lot ($1.2 million) and the leading average, it is often more important for breeders and investors to assess the return versus the spend.
And to this end, it was Smart Missile and Toorak Toff who took the spoils. On a ratio of service fee to average price, Smart Missile returned 8.9 times his service fee of $20,000 while Toorak Toff was second from this bunch of freshman sires with a very healthy 6 times service fee back to investors. The next best was Foxwedge and Sepoy on 4.7.
With two yearlings to sell at the January NZB Premier sales, including a star colt from G1 winner Penny Gem (Lot 110) as well as two to sell at Inglis Easter, amongst them a colt from G1 producer Lady’s Light, that figure is sure to rise.
That is great news for everyone who bred to Toorak Toff over the past 3 years and sure to give them a sense of smug satisfaction that their investment is well-placed on early indicators.