Toronado (Ire) was the star when Swettenham Stud showcased its line-up of stallions at Nagambie on Sunday.
On a sunny morning, MC Shane Anderson introduced the stud’s five sires with comments from Adam Sangster, Brian Gorman and special guest John Warren
Warren is racing to advisor Sheikh Joaan who shuttles Toronado to Swettenham. The Group 1 winning world-champion oozed class in front of a large crowd and he would be a stand-out on any roster.
“Toronado has tremendous muscle definition which is why he was such a fast horse,” Warren explained. “He is the most precocious son of High Chaparral and looks the perfect horse for Australia.
“Breeders have told me how impressed they’ve been this morning. He’s been hugely popular at the English National Stud and Sheikh Joaan loves his first foals on the ground in the UK.
“Toronado was a Group-winning unbeaten juvenile and that will really appeal to the commercial market. As a European champion miler, he will also be important to anyone aiming to breed a classic prospect.”
His Swettenham associates Trust In A Gust, Americain (USA), Master of Design, Puissance De Lune (Ire) were all in top form and make up a top-shelf roster – the best by far since Adam Sangster took sole control a decade ago.
Two new-season foals by Americain and Toronado also paraded. The Americain – National filly put on a show for onlookers with a couple of quick sprints around the parade ring. She descends from G1 AJC Oaks & G1 VRC Turnbull Stakes winner Just Now.