Affair To Remember Completes Grand Day for Toronado.

Mark Smith - Saturday November 7

The four-year-old, Dan O’Sullivan mare Affair To Remember completed a memorable day for Swettenham Stud stallion Toronado (IRE) when she did best in a driving finish to the Group II TAB Matriarch Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.

Affair To Remember finishes best in a thriller (Racing Photo)

Earlier in the day Toronado (IRE) struck with Shelby Cobra in the Listed Amanda Elliott Stakes before Beehunter was edged out of a 1600m contest on the undercard.

With high-flying apprentice Michael Poy in the saddle, Affair To Remember defeated the very game Paradee (Epaulette) by a short-half-head with Toffee Tongue (Tavistock) a nose back in third in a dramatic finish.

“She’s always shown great ability but makes it hard on herself by walking out at the start but this has been my target race right through, to get to 2000m at Flemington, we need more of these for the mares,” O’Sullivan said. “

It’s a relief to get it done and it’s great for the owners who have stuck solid. David Peacock who breeds a lot of these mares, it’s a great result for him.



uo;He (Michael Poy) has done a good job. The owners were pleased by the way he was riding and so was I. Early days I was having trouble in getting jockeys to stick, so he stuck with her and got the job done today.”    


Raced by her breeder David Peacock and partners, Affair To Remember advances her record to four wins, one second and four thirds from 15 starts with earnings of $422,000.

Affair To Remember (Racing Photos)

 A half-sister to Group 1 SAJC Schweppes Oaks third Bahamas (Teofilo) and stakes-placed Exodus (Bernardini), Affair To Remember is the best of five winners from six to race out of the good class Black Hawk (GB) mare St Trinians.

A tripe stakes-winner in Adelaide St Trinians has a yearling filly by Toronado but missed last spring.

Affair To Remember becomes the eihgth stakes-winner for Swettenham Stud shuttler Toronado (IRE) who also had a winner, Validar,  at the Gold Coast on Saturday while his son Come Right Back was a close second over 2200m at Ascot.


Race Result - Tab Matriarch Stakes Gr2 2000m

Flemington Track: Good(3) Time: 2:03.07
Affair To Remember
T: Dan O'Sullivan J: Michael Poy 55
4m Toronado (IRE) x St Trinians (AUS) (Black Hawk (GB))
T: D T O'Brien J: D Oliver 57.5
4m Epaulette (AUS) x Icy Heels (AUS) (Medaglia D'Oro (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $240,000
V:Bowness Stud Young NSW
B: Robert Anderson
Toffee Tongue
T: C J Waller J: B Melham 58.5
4m Tavistock (NZ) x Bagalollies (AUS) (Zabeel (NZ))
NZB Karaka - Book 1 $500,000
V:Highden Park
B: Dean Hawthorne Bloodstock
One More Try
T: Matthew Cumani J: Craig Williams 55
6m Dane Shadow (AUS) x Belzain (AUS) (Woodman (USA))
She's Ideel
T: Bjorn Baker J: D W Stackhouse 55
5m Dundeel (NZ) x Ana's Mail (AUS) (Anabaa (USA))
T: M Ellerton & S Zahra J: Jamie Kah 55
5m Lonhro (AUS) x Nakaaya (AUS) (Tiger Hill (IRE))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $80,000
V:Vinery Stud, Scone
B: First Light Racing / Ellerton Zahra / Paul Willetts Bloodstock
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: John Allen 57.5
4m Myboycharlie (IRE) x Orvieto (AUS) (Testa Rossa (AUS))
T: Archie Alexander J: Declan Bates 55
4m Testa Rossa (AUS) x Mary Of Modena (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale $25,000
V:Baramul Stud Widden Valley NSW
B: Alexander Racing/McKeever Bloodstock
Vanna Girl
T: A J & T Edmonds J: J Bowman 57.5
4m Husson (ARG) x Logan's Choice (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale Book 2 $40,000
V:Vinery Stud, Scone
B: Edmonds Racing Pty Ltd
In Good Health
T: P G Moody J: L Nolen 56.5
5m Congrats (USA) x Fitness (AUS) (More Than Ready (USA))
Greysful Glamour
T: Mark Newnham J: L Currie 57.5
5m Stratum (AUS) x Rippled (GB) (Dalakhani (IRE))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale Session 2 $90,000
V:Edinglassie Stud, Muswellbrook
B: Darby Racing / De Burgh Equine
Nerve Not Verve
T: M D Moroney J: M J Dee 55
5m Shocking (AUS) x Bilancia (NZ) (Montjeu (IRE))
NZB Select Yearling Sale $60,000
B: Bruce Perry Bloodstock
Imelda Mary
T: Brett Scott J: M J Walker 55
5m Ferlax (NZ) x Eleesha (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
NZB Festival Yearling Sale $3,500
V:Haunui Farm
B: Mr WP & Mrs VD Hillis
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