There has been much talk about Swettenham Stud shuttle sire Toronado since he landed at Nagambie in 2015…and the talk turned to dollars at this week’s Inglis Premier Yearling sale.
With an average of just under $104,000 across 26 lots sold, the progeny of Toronado lived up to the hype in the sales ring. This equated to a very healthy five times the stallion’s service fee.
A standout lot from the moment he was sighted at Nagambie’s Gilgai Farm, the She’s Got Gears colt sold for $340,000 on Day 1 of the sale to Team Hawkes and Cameron Cooke Bloodstock.
You can watch the sale of Gilgai Farm’s impressive Toronado colt here.
A simlarly impressive colt sold by Millford Thoroughbreds was the Gem of Gems yearling (making him a half brother to Group 1 winner Precious Gem) which went to a Hong Kong buyer for $200,000.
Swettenham Stud’s Sales and Nomination Manager Sam Matthews was thrilled with the overall quality of the Toronado yearlings represented throughout the complex.
“As I inspected every one of his yearlings on the complex, I was excited to see that the standard across the board was so high and that Toronado’s physical presence had been passed on in each of the yearlings entered,” Matthews said.
“His multiplier was the highest of any of the Victorian first season sires entered, making the choice to breed to Toronado, a great financial decision.”
Victorian trainer Robbie Griffiths took home the lovely Pontington filly for $185,000 while Lyn Armanasco’s flashy Enzed Girl colt was snapped up by Yulong Investments for $160,000.
Moorookyle Park’s Nioka Wozny was thrilled with her homebred Toronado x Current Affair colt finding a good home with Luke Oliver Racing for $90,000.
“I loved Toronado from the moment I saw him and I loved this colt from the moment he was born and he didn’t disappoint in the ring. He is extremely balanced, with an attractive head. Just a really great looking colt, so typical of the High Chaparral’s,” Nioka said.
“It’s great to see that he will have every opportunity with Luke. I look forward to following his success on the track.”
Current Affair has a Tornado weanling that Nioka is just as happy with and is looking forward to bringing her to the Premier Sale next year.
“I’m very excited about his full sister…Toronado has been a great match with my mare. Being a speed Fusaichi Pegasus mare that won five from 1000 to 1300 metres, with a good turn of foot, it’s the perfect match.”
“I’m Toronado’s number one and I have sent another mare that is a half to Scales of Justice to him as well.”