The first foals of Swettenham Stud shuttle sire Toronado (Ire) lit up the ring at the Tattersalls Foal Sale last week in Newmarket, UK.
This included topping Day 2 of the sale courtesy of a colt that made 190,000 guineas (AUD 334,130).
These first foal sale results bode very well for the many southern hemisphere breeders who had a total of 175 mares covered by Toronado in 2015. He is expected to cover a similar amount of mares this breeding season at Nagambie.
The Day 2 top-priced foal at Tattersalls was purchased by Jim McCartan who was acting for Michael Carty of Kilmoney Cottage Stud.
“We thought he was an exceptional foal and we waited for him. We went to see him again in the back ring and it confirmed our impression,” said McCartan.
“Toronado was a very good horse and this one’s been bought for resale, so fingers crossed!”
Another Toronado foal to make good money on Day 2 was the colt from Crown (Royal Applause) that sold for 145,000 guineas. A half-brother to this year’s classy juvenile Global Applause (Listed Sandown National Stakes), he was purchased by German pin-hooker Ronald Rauscher.
On Friday, Amanda Skiffington had the final say on the Toronado – Lily Link colt at 120,000 guineas. He’s from a half-sister to Group 1 Northern Dancer Stakes winner Redwood (High Chaparral) who stood at Westbury Stud in NZ.
On Saturday, Toronado’s top-priced foal was the filly from Key Light (Acclamation). Sold for 70,000 guineas to Yeomanstown Stud, she is a half-sister to Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes winner Beacon (Paco Boy).
Toronado (High Chaparral) had 41 lots catalogued which was the biggest representation of any first-season sire at the Tattersalls Foal Sale.
“We are thrilled but not surprised with the results from Tattersalls. Toronado has attracted high-quality mares in both hemispheres and the prices reflect that same quality in his foals,” Swettenham Stud’s nominations manager Rachel Spriggens said.
Swettenham is accepting late-season bookings to all its stallions – Toronado is priced at a $22,000 (inc gst) service fee.