In one of the hottest years for first season sires in recent memory, son of Show a Heart and multiple Group 1 winner Toorak Toff more than held his own 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.
Rosemont Stud’s Toorak Toff had 7 yearlings sell 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.”
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.
On a ratio of service fee to average price among freshman sires, Toorak Toff was second to Smart Missile returning six times his service fee to vendors. Next best were Foxwedge and Sepoy.
That figure is sure to rise with two “Toffs” at the NZB Premier sales, including a star colt from G1 winner Penny Gem as well as two to sell at Inglis Easter, among them a colt from G1 producer Lady’s Light.