Rosemont Stud homebred Toorak Tower is being touted a classic horse of the future by Kiwi trainer Donna Logan.
The 3yo son of Rosemont sire Toorak Toff was never in the hunt on debut in July but made marked improvement second-up in the Kensington Tavern Maiden (1400m) at Ruakaka on Saturday. “I’ve got a lot of time for this horse – he’s 17 hands and still learning,” Logan said after the fast-finishing victory. “That first-up run was too sharp and we used it as a trial for a race like today.
“I might give him another run or maybe put him out. He will get a trip and can come back for the Guineas races and perhaps the Derby.”
Toorak Tower was bred by Rosemont at Gnarwarre and was sent to the 2015 NZB Karaka yearling sale but failed to make a $30,000 reserve. He races in Rosemont’s ‘Gatecrasher’ silks like Group 1 winning stablemate Volkstok’n’barrell.
A Toorak Toff lookalike, he’s from Adelaide stakes winner Vignor (Flying Spur) who has already foaled More Than Ready winners Dysfunction and Pienkna. Her latest is a yearling filly by former Rosemont sire Starspangledbanner.
Toorak Toff sired another promising maiden winner last month when Luke Oliver produced OnToff OfThe World at Echuca. He is also part-owned by Rosemont with Bill and Nick Vasilopoulos.
“He was a standout as a yearling and we were fans of Toorak Toff as a racehorse,” Oliver said. “He’s still a prep away but has a very nice race in him.”
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 where he stands for an $8,800 (inc gst) fee.