Rosemont Stud has acquired a controlling interest in Toorak Toff in advance of the striking chestnut’s return to racing in the G1 Newmarket Hcp this Saturday.
Rosemont owner Anthony Mithen already stands Danzero by arrangement with Arrowfield at his emerging nursery which fronts the Barwon River just west of Geelong.
Toorak Toff will race in Rosemont’s red and white colours at Flemington and Mithen said it was always the plan to run him first-up in the Newmarket. “He’s a sprinter and is best fresh,” Mithen told Mark Ryan of AAP on Tuesday. “We tried him over a mile in the spring and he doesn’t stretch out that far.
“He’s a precocious Aussie sprinter and that’s why we are pretty excited to have him at stud come September. Depending on how he performs in the Newmarket, we could send him to England for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.”
Toorak Toff (4h Show a Heart – Orong by Grand Lodge) was a $135,000 buy for Caulfield trainer Rick Hore-Lacy at the 2009 Gold Coast Magic Millions. He has won at G1 level in the 2010 STC Golden Rose and the 2011 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.
“Toorak Toff is the best-looking horse I have ever thrown a saddle across, bar none,” Hore-Lacy added. “He will cross very well with Danehill and Australian studs are full of Danehill mares.”