Swettenham Stud’s flashy black Toronado x Enzed Girl colt turned heads at the Inglis Premier Sale earlier this year and, now named, True Serendipity, he again turned heads with an impressive trial win at Cranbourne this week.
Bred by Swettenham’s long-term clients Lyn Armanasco and John Dickson (under the Sandown Lodge banner) and now owned by Victorian based Yulong Investments, the colt is now expected to line up on Cox Plate Day in the Listed $500,000 Inglis Banner.
Swettenham’s Sam Matthews remembers the hugely popular colt being a complete professional during parades and handling the pressure with aplomb.
“He has had an incredible temperament since the day he was born, which is consistent with the Toronado progeny. He was a striking yearling with his four white socks and was a crowd favourite at Premier, so much so that Racing.com ran a very popular story on him,” Matthews said.
“We are so excited for Toronado and True Serendipity’s breeders, John and Lyn.”
Trainer Matt Cumani was delighted how the colt handled the busy environment and performed on the track, demonstrating that he is a genuine prospect for the spring.
“I thought that he trialled extremely well, and I was happy with his whole approach to the day; he was nice and relaxed, and I don’t think he could have gone much better,” Cumani said.
“He is flashy and strong, with a great stride on him and fortunately blessed with a super attitude. He behaved beautifully at Cranbourne, he didn’t put a foot wrong and was a great advertisement for his sire.”
A $160,000 purchase by Yulong at the 2018 Premier Sale, Yulong’s Racing Manager Sam Pritchard–Gordon commented that Mr Zhang was very pleased to have secured the standout colt and is looking forward to an exciting spring ahead.
“Mr Zhang likes the Toronados as a breed very much, and he was particularly fond of this colt. Yulong is passionate about the Victorian thoroughbred industry, and being Victorian bred, that gives Mr Zhang the confidence to bid knowing that he can take full advantage of the lucrative Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold incentives,” Pritchard-Gordon said.
“I think Matt is doing a brilliant job and has him very well educated. It’s exciting, as he has the Inglis races ahead of him this season and could be a VOBIS Sires horse next preparation. Additionally, we would be delighted to see True Serendipity become one of the many early representatives of Toronado for Swettenham Stud.”