Magic Millions graduate Torio’s Quest kicked off his career in style with a brilliant victory in the Myer Fashions On The Field Maiden (900m) at Newcastle on Wednesday.
Torio’s Quest is a son of Coolmore’s Irish bred shuttler Oratorio and he cost owner Bert Viera just $15,000 from the Bowness Stud draft at the Adelaide Magic Millions last year.
“He’s a very nice horse and has got a bright future,” trainer Brett Partelle said. “He’s shown me enough on the track to think that there might be a nice race in him a little bit later on. He’s done a lot of swimming because he was always a bit immature in the knees.”
Torio’s Quest (3g Oratorio – Quest For Pleasure by Quest For Fame) is the third winner from as many to race for Quest for Pleasure. She is an unraced daughter of G1 VRC Oaks winner Sandy’s Pleasure.
Torio’s Quest is a stablemate of Walking or Dancing (Falvelon) who is also raced by Viera. He won the Magic Millions Cup in January and then completed a feature double in the G3 Newcastle Newmarket at Broadmeadow in March.
Walking or Dancing cost $85,000 at the 2006 Gold Coast Magic Millions and has since accumulated over $612,000 from 8 wins in 32 starts.
Winning jockey Glen Boss said it was always a pleasure to partner Partelle trained horses. “When you get on Brett’s horses you know they are very well educated and well prepared,” he said. “Torio’s Quest felt like he was ready when he got to the barriers and he might have a future.”
Partelle and the Viera family completed a running double on the Spring Stakes program when Flying Attitude (One Cool Cat) won the Bishop Collins Hcp (1200m). She cost $60,000 at the 2008 NZ Bloodstock Karaka yearling sale.