Group Double for Toronado

Tara Madgwick - Saturday October 2

Swettenham Stud’s Toronado (IRE) had a hot half hour with brilliant sprinter Masked Crusader confirming his Everest aspirations with a power packed win in the Group II ATC Premiere Stakes at Randwick and then quality mare Still a Star took out the Group II VRC Rose of Kingston Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.

Masked Crusader is still on the improve according to Tommy Berry - image Steve Hart.

Well  turned out by Team Hawkes, Masked Crusader produced his customary late finishing charge to score a long neck win over Standout taking his overall record to seven wins and four placings from 15 starts with prizemoney of $1.4million.


“I let him cut the corner and he sprinted very well, but I think there’s still  improvement in him as he had a good blow when he pulled up, so I think Hawkes’s are just making sure he’s ready on the big day,” said Tommy Berry.

Bred and sold by Gilgai Farm, Masked Crusader was bought by Hawkes Racing / Cameron Cooke Bloodstock for $340,000 at Inglis Premier and was the most expensive yearling from the first crop of his sire.

Masked Crusader is the best of three winners from ill-fated stakes-winning Invincible Spirit (IRE) mare She’s Got Gears, who died tragically at Gilgai Farm earlier this spring.

There are very few mares as consistent as Tasmanian darling Still a Star and the five year-old daughter of Toronado posted her biggest win to date when taking out the Group II VRC Rose of Kingston Stakes.


She came home with a well timed run under Luke Currie to win by a short half head over Pride of Dubau mare Pride of Jenni taking her overall record to an impressive 10 wins and seven placings from 18 starts with prizemoney topping $873,000.

Still a Star wins G2 Rose of Kingston Stakes - image Brett Holburt  / Racing Photos

Prepared throughout her career by Tasmanian trainer Bill Ryan, Still a Star was a modest $13,000 Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale purchase from the Alva Stud draft.

Bred by Alva Stud, Still a Star is the best of two winners from Lita, a winning Casino Prince mare from Group III winner Royal Asscher.

A Group I miler by High Chaparral, Toronado has proven n outstanding source of sprinter milers and stands at Swettenham stud this spring at a fee of $49,500.



Race Result - Premiere Stks Gr2 1200m

Randwick Track: Good(4) Time: 1:08.33
Masked Crusader
T: M, W & J Hawkes J: Tommy Berry 58.5
5g Toronado (IRE) x She's Got Gears (AUS) (Invincible Spirit (IRE))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $340,000
V:Gilgai Farm, Nagambie
B: Hawkes Racing / Cameron Cooke Bloodstock
T: G Ryan & S Alexiou J: K Mc Evoy 58.5
5h Exceed And Excel (AUS) x Bahia (AUS) (Snippets (AUS))
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott J: Regan Bayliss 58.5
6g Sebring (AUS) x Leone Chiara (AUS) (Lion Hunter (AUS))
Inglis September (Late) Online Sale $8,500
V:G1G Racing & Breeding
B: Gino Sottocornola
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $280,000
V:Widden Stud, Widden Valley
B: Gai Waterhouse / Adrian Bott
Lost And Running
T: J A O'Shea J: J Bowman 58.5
5g Per Incanto (USA) x Dreamlife (NZ) (Danroad (AUS))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $40,000
V:Blandford Lodge, Matamata, NZ
B: John O'Shea Racing Pty Ltd
I Am Superman
T: P & P Snowden J: J B Mc Donald 58.5
6g Footstepsinthesand (GB) x Fastnet Lady (IRE) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
T: T J Gollan J: N Rawiller 58.5
6h Spirit Of Boom (AUS) x Hearts And Arrows (AUS) (Kempinsky (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2 $45,000
V:Fig Tree Thoroughbreds Biddaddaba Qld
B: Doug Crich
T: R L Heathcote J: Tim Clark 58.5
4g Rothesay (AUS) x Huss On Fire (NZ) (Hussonet (USA))
T: Brad Widdup J: G Boss 56.5
6m Medaglia D'Oro (USA) x Snowgums (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
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