It’s a Family Affair at Launceston

Mark Smith - Friday January 8

After her half-sister Hela kept her record at a perfect three for three earlier in the day, the last start Listed Conquering Stakes winner Toorak Affair proved too good for the ever-consistent Mandela Effect in Friday’s Listed Kevin SharkieTasmania Stakes (1600m) at Launceston.

Ridden by Anthony Darmanin for trainer Michael Trinder, the daughter of Toorak Toff defeated Mandela Effect (Turfonttein) by a neck with Queen La Diva (Snippetson) one and three-quarters of a length back in third.

“I keep telling the owners she is going from strength to strength. Her work on Saturday was quite good, her work on Tuesday was about six lengths better, and she did it with ease,” Trinder said.


uo;I don’t know where she will bottom out, but at present, she is still on an upwards spiral.

“She came to the stable in very good order from Troy Blacker, who did a marvellous job with her, and she has just continued to improve and has exceeded my expectations greatly.”

A $50,000 purchase by Kelvin Wadley out of the Alva Vale draft at the 2015 Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale, Toorak Affair will attempt to defend her crown in the Hobart Cup.

With her third stakes win the 7yo daughter of Toorak Toff advances her record to 14 wins, six seconds and two thirds from 39 starts with earnings of  $479,725.

Toorak Affair and her 3yo half-sister Hela (Night Of Thunder) are out of the winning Redoute’s Choice mare Smooth Return.

Purchased by Alva Stud for $12,000 at the 2012 Inglis Australian Easter Broodmare Sale, Smooth Return foaled an Akeed Mofeed (GB) colt on December 17.

Toorak Affair is one of two stakes-winners for Toorak Toff.


Race Result - Kevin Sharkie Tasmanian Stakes LR 1600m

Launceston Track: Good(4) Time: 1:37.20
Toorak Affair
T: M S Trinder J: A Darmanin 57
7m Toorak Toff (AUS) x Smooth Return (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $50,000
V:Alva Stud Pty Ltd, Hagley, Tas
B: Kelvin Wadley
Mandela Effect
T: Scott Brunton J: D Pires 59
6g Turffontein (AUS) x Morell (AUS) (West Quest (CAN))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $18,000
V:Motree Thoroughbreds Waterhouse Tas
B: Scott Brunton
Queen La Diva
T: Scott Brunton J: Ismail Toker 57
5m Snippetson (AUS) x Flying Diva (AUS) (Flying Spur (AUS))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $160,000
V:Grenville Stud Whitemore Tas
B: Leigh Winwood
T: Ms L Gaffney J: C Newitt 59
7g Tickets (AUS) x Cougar Alley (AUS) (Mossman (AUS))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $22,000
V:Kingsley Park Thoroughbreds, Cygnet, Tas
B: Star Thoroughbreds
Captain Cook
T: C N Goggin & Luella Meaburn J: B Muhcu 59
8g Dubawi (IRE) x Canda (USA) (Storm Cat (USA))
Mystical Pursuit
T: Adam Trinder J: B Mc Coull 57
4m Needs Further (AUS) x Oh So Gold (AUS) (Savoire Vivre (GB))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $28,000
V:Armidale Stud Carrick Tas
B: Wayne Roser
T: Ms J Richards J: S Tsaikos 57
7m High Chaparral (IRE) x Jaja (AUS) (Dehere (USA))
T: Scott Brunton J: Georgie Catania 59
9g Duporth (AUS) x Be Inspired (AUS) (Zabeel (NZ))
NZB Ready To Run Sale $150,000
V:Lyndhurst Farm
B: Lakeview Resources
T: Scott Brunton J: Kyle Maskiell 59
8g Champs Elysees (GB) x Short Dance (USA) (Hennessy (USA))
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