Toronado: will cover at a fee of A$22,000 in Australia this yearPICTURE: Ian Headington
Toronado to shuttle to Swettenham Stud
TOP-NOTCH miler Toronado, who is standing his first season at The National Stud in Newmarket, will shuttle to Australia this year to stand at Swettenham Stud in Victoria.
The five-year-old son of High Chaparral will command a fee of A$22,000 (£11,448/€15,821) in the southern hemisphere.
Trained in the early part of his career by Richard Hannon snr, Toronado was unbeaten in three starts at two for owners Fiona Carmichael and Chris Humber, with his biggest success coming in the Group 2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster.
He was snapped up by Sheihk Joaan to carry the colours of Al Shaqab Racing in the March of his three-year-old season. Following a runaway success in the Craven Stakes, Toronado finished fourth in the 2,000 Guineas behind Dawn Approach, but narrowed the gap on Jim Bolger's charge in the St James's Palace Stakes, going down by a short head.
Toronado reversed the form with Dawn Approach in the 'Duel on the Downs' in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, coming with a stunning late challenge under an ice-cool Richard Hughes to win by half a length.
Campaigned last year by Hannon's son Richard, Toronado landed his second Group 1 prize on his seasonal debut in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.
"Toronado represents Al Shaqab Racing's involvement in Australian racing, which reflects a substantial show of faith in the Australian bloodstock industry," said Adam Sangster of Swettenham Stud. "To be standing Toronado, who champion jockey Richard Hughes regarded as the best he'd ever ridden, is fantastic and Swettenham are immensely proud to be entrusted with him.
"This is a great opportunity for Victorian breeders to use the fastest son of the brilliant High Chaparral, who is emerging as a major influence. One of the biggest attractions for breeders is his compatibility with Danzig-line mares who are so well represented in Australia."
John Warren, who is managing Toronado's stud career, said: "Toronado is a magnificent, correct individual with tremendous muscle definition, which is why he was such a fast horse.
"He is the fastest and most precocious son of High Chaparral and his two-year-old-winning dam is by the brilliantly fast dual Group 1-winning two-year-old Grand Slam.
"He looks the perfect horse for Australia with the combination of his pedigree, powerful physique and high-class performances. I know the breeders will be very impressed when inspecting him when he arrives in Australia, as he has been hugely popular in Britain."
Benoit Jeffroy, manager of the Al Shaqab breeding operation, added: 'We are delighted Toronado will be shuttling to Swettenham Stud in Australia.
"After his tremendous racing career we have all the hopes he will become a top sire and we've entrusted him with some of our own top-quality mares, including Breeders' Cup winner Zagora."
Bred by Paul Nataf, Toronado is the fourth and best foal out of the 15-year-old Grand Slam mare Wana Doo, a winning half-sister to Racing Post Trophy winner Casamento.