First winner by Toorak Toff

Rosemont Stud sire Toorak Toff posted his first winner at Pakenham on Thursday with two year-old filly Pop.

Unplaced in two previous runs in stakes company, the Clinton McDonald-trained filly appreciated a drop in class and step up in distance for a stylish one-length victory in the PRC Functions & Events Maiden (1400m).

“That was a good win – she showed us a bit early on but some of the others were just a bit sharp (at Flemington),” winning jockey Damien Oliver said.  “Clinton identified that and planned the easier option over a longer distance today.

“She was strong through the line and it’s great to ride the first winner for Toorak Toff who was a favourite of mine.”

A $90,000 graduate of the 2015 Gold Coast Magic Millions from Amarina Farm draft, Pop is the first foal for stakes-placed Very Cherry (Anabaa).  The mare has followed up with two colts by Snitzel and was bred back to More Than Ready in October.

There have been 6 runners to date by Toorak Toff including Pop’s stablemate Hollywoodgirl who was placed at Bendigo in December.

Toorak Toff (Show a Heart) was a Group 1 winner of the STC Golden Rose and MRC Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes before retiring to Rosemont in 2012.  He covered 70 mares at a $16,500 (inc gst) fee last year.