New SW Pierata – Tobeornottobe wins G3 Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes

Tara Madgwick - Saturday March 30

A $200,000 Inglis Premier purchase from Widden Stud, Pierata filly Tobeoronottobe went into the $200,000 Group III VRC Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday as a talented maiden and came out a stakes-winner when she downed the favourite Ameena with a powerful late surge.

Tobeornottobe wins the G3 Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes - image Ross Holburt/ Racing Photos

Trained by Robbie Griffiths and Matt de Kock and ridden by Jye McNeil, Tobeornottobe was second on debut in the Group III MRC Blue Diamond Preview and then fourth in the Group II MRC Blue Diamond Prelude chasing star filly Hayasugi home on both occasions.

She enjoyed the straight six at Flemington, travelling well in the outside group and finding the line with a rush to win by a length and a half at her third start.


“She’s an absolute ripper,” said Robbie Griffiths.

“She did everything right in the preludes, but got a little cut on her leg and couldn’t run in the Diamond final, so we elected to just wait for this and it’s paid dividends.

“Our pre race thoughts were that we were hoping it was a two horse race and we’d come out on top. The fillies around Australia are outstanding this year and we’ve seen that in the Blue Diamond and the Slipper and this filly’s form lines tie in with them.

“We’re hoping to go the Percy Sykes (G2 Randwick ) in two weeks.”

Tobeornottobe was a $200,000 Inglis Premier purchase from Widden.

Bred by Widden Stud in partnership, Tobeornottobe was bought by Griffiths de Kock Racing / Peter Ford Thoroughbreds and is the best of two winners from stakes-winning Written Tycoon mare Shakespearean Lass, who was bought by Widden / Russian Camelot Syndicate at the 2021 Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale for $270,000.

Widden sold a yearling filly from Shakespearean Lass by Russian Camelot (IRE) at Magic Millions Adelaide this year for $180,000 to Griffiths de Kock Racing/Peter Ford T'Breds (FBAA)/Yabby Dam Farm, so connections were obviously confident Tobeornottobe was something well above average!

She is the fourth winner and second stakes-winner for Yulong based Pierro stallion Pierata, whose other stakes-winner is top class colt Coleman, a close second in last week’s Golden Slipper.

Pierata was a new addition for Yulong last year after starting his stud career with Aquis and he covered 191 mares last spring including Berimbau, the dam of superstar sprinter Imperatriz.




Race Result - TBV Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes Gr3 1200m

Flemington Track: Good(4) Time: 1:09.86
- 2f Pierata (AUS) x Shakespearean Lass (AUS) (Written Tycoon (AUS))
Tnr: R Griffiths & M De Kock Rdr: Jye McNeil 56
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $200,000
Seller: Widden Stud, Riddells Creek
Buyer: Griffiths de Kock Racing / Peter Ford Thoroughbreds (FBAA)
- 2f Tassort (AUS) x Emaan (AUS) (Harbour Watch (IRE))
Tnr: A & S Freedman Rdr: M Zahra 56
Yes Lulu
- 2f Yes Yes Yes (AUS) x Luluoru (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Tnr: C Maher Rdr: Ben Allen 56
Yes Yes Yes
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $260,000
Seller: Widden Stud, Widden Valley, NSW (As Agent)
Buyer: Ciaron Maher Bloodstock/Brut Racing
MM Gold Coast National Weanling Sale $260,000
Seller: Milburn Creek, Wildes Meadow, NSW
Buyer: Suman Hedge Bloodstock (FBAA)/Redwall Bloodstock
- 2f Yes Yes Yes (AUS) x Zizzis (AUS) (Sizzling (AUS))
Tnr: Patrick Payne Rdr: W Egan 56
- 2f Exceedance (AUS) x Miss Toorak Flyer (AUS) (Toorak Toff (AUS))
Tnr: Jason Warren Rdr: D W Stackhouse 56
Miss Swift
- 2f Almanzor (FR) x Bankside Belle (NZ) (Volksraad (GB))
Tnr: D T O'Brien Rdr: B Shinn 56
- 2f Russian Revolution (AUS) x Aotearower (NZ) (Shamardal (USA))
Tnr: C Maher Rdr: Ethan Brown 56
Blue Allure
- 2f Blue Point (IRE) x Attracted (AUS) (Commands (AUS))
Tnr: Ben, Will & Jd Hayes Rdr: M J Dee 56
Reasonable Point
- 2f Blue Point (IRE) x Sense And Reason (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
Tnr: Ben Brisbourne Rdr: Declan Bates 56
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