Swettenham Stud has catalogued four mares in foal to Toronado (Ire) and another in foal to Japanese Horse of the Year and former international superstar Lord Kanaloa at the Magic Millions National Sale.
The quartet are among a quality consignment entered for the Broodmare Sale starting this Wednesday, June 1.
Swettenham owner Adam Sangster has entered Vamoose (Jpn) on behalf of the late Phil Sly. A half-sister to Group 1 Caulfield Cup winner Admire Rakti, she will be in the spotlight as Lot 909 on Thursday afternoon.
Sly bred Vamoose to Lord Kanaloa to southern hemisphere time last September. He won 6 times at Group 1 level including repeat editions of the HKJC Hong Kong International Sprint before retiring to stud with books of 250 and 267 mares in his first two northern seasons in Japan.
Swettenham’s first mare entered in foal to Toronado is Miss Valley Road (Lot 714). She’s had two to the races for two winners including the high earning current 2yo Valliano (Listed Inglis 2YO Premier). Next to parade is Northeast Note (Lot 734) and she’s also foaled a sales-related winner in the shape of Northkape (Inglis VOBIS Gold 2YO Plate).
“Toronado has upwards of 150 mares ready to foal in the spring and we’re honoured Al Shaqab Racing entrusted us to stand him in Australia,” Sangster said at the Gold Coast sale-grounds on Friday.
“We’re getting some very encouraging reports about his first foals in England.
“They’re good-bodied with strong shoulders and that’s what you would expect by such an outstanding physical specimen.”
Sangster sold Moretti (More Than Ready) in foal to Toronado for $170,000 at the Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale earlier this month. She is a half-sister to Group 1 winner Bentley Biscuit and was purchased by China Horse Club.
Zodiac Queen (Lot 954) and Anna Dana (Lot 975) fill out the Toronado foursome at the Magic Millions and they both have perfect records at stud with a combined five winners from five starters.
Zodiac Queen won 6 races in Adelaide and was also placed in the G3 Auraria Stakes while Anna Dana (USA) was stakes-placed in Kentucky and is from a half-sister to Street Cry.
Toronado (High Chaparral) was unbeaten as a two year-old and completed a hat-trick in the Group 2 Champagne Stakes (1400m) at Doncaster. He graduated to a Group 1 victory at three in the Sussex Stakes (1600m) at Goodwood and struck again at the elite a year later in the Queen Anne Stakes (1600m) at Royal Ascot.
Swettenham and Al Shaqab have kept him at a $22,000 (inc gst) fee for his second southern book in 2016.