Woodside Park Stud used the opportunity of the high profile Magic Millions sale on the Gold Coast this week to announce that it will be standing dual Australian Group 1 winner, Tosen Stardom (JPN) at stud in the spring of 2018.
The announcement is a further international vote of confidence in Victoria’s breeding sector considering the stallion’s part-owner Mr Katsumi Yoshida will be sending mares to him.
Mr Yoshida of Northern Farm in Japan is one of the world’s most successful breeders and racehorse owners. He stands Japan’s multiple Champion sire, Deep Impact, who is the sire of Tosen Stardom.
As a loyal advocate of the Victorian breeding industry, Woodside principal Mark Rowsthorn is proud to provide mare owners with the opportunity to tap into the renowned bloodlines Tosen Stardom posesses.
“Tosen Stardom’s pedigree is extremely well regarded internationally through his sire, Deep Impact and in his strong female line.
“We are excited to offer this fantastic opportunity to Australian breeders and in particular, to those in Victoria and we are delighted to develop an association with his Japanese owners, Northern Farm’s Mr Yoshida and Mr Shimakawa,” Mr Rowsthorn said.
Experienced syndicators Australian Bloodstock purchased a significant stake in Tosen Stardom on his second visit to Australia and transferred the promising stallion to leading trainer Darren Weir.
Darren was convinced of the horse’s ability after he broke free in the straight to win his first Group 1 in the Toorak Handicap.
“Tosen Stardom has everything it takes to be one of the great stallions in this country, he’s got the pedigree, the ability and now he’s got the group 1,” Weir said.
In the Group 1 Emirates Stakes at Flemington, he emphatically stamped his superiority, showing his true colours with a late explosive surge and freakish turn of foot to claim victory, despite being hampered by heavy traffic.
He has also recorded a number of Group 1 placings with a second to Black Heart Bart in the Futurity Stakes, and a close third behind Vega Magic and Black Heart Bart in the Memsie Stakes. His earnings now exceed $3.3 million.
“Woodside Park Stud is the premier stud in Victoria and, through Written Tycoon and Zoustar, we have broken the myth and proved that you can stand a top line-up of stallions down south,” Rowsthorn said.
“I believe that Victorian breeders have demonstrated that they will support the local studs if we provide the right product, and Tosen Stardom will beautifully complement our existing draft of stallions to offer a diverse spread of sire lines.”
“Tosen Stardom is seen as a Victorian horse, a Weir horse. He is a middle-distance star, with an incredible turn of foot. He was a very successful undefeated, stakes winning two-year-old which will suit the owners and breeders that strive for immediate success.”
Carrying the famous blue, black and white checks of the Australian Bloodstock colours, Tosen Stardom was a clever acquisition by Managing Director Jamie Lovett.
“We have long held the view that Tosen Stardom was potentially the best international horse to race in the Southern Hemisphere, and our brief to our Japanese partners was to secure his future at stud.
“They (his Japanese owners) were very pleased with the Group 1 mile race but after his 2000m WFA Emirates win Mr.Yoshida made the comment: ‘he is a stallion now’.
With only three Deep Impact sire sons available to breeders outside of Japan, Tosen Stardom brings unique value to Victorian mares, providing an international outcross free from Danzig bloodlines.
Tosen Stardom became the Japanese-based Deep Impact’s 31st Group 1 winner and his only dual Australian Group 1 winner.
Tosen Stardom will race over the autumn for Darren Weir before beginning his new career at Woodside Park Stud later in the year. Darren is looking forward to seeing what he can do this campaign which may include runs in the Orr, the Futurity, the Australian Cup and back to Sydney for the Queen Elizabeth.
“Tosen Stardom is right up there with the best horses I have trained…I will be supporting him at stud by sending mares to him and recommending my clients to do the same,” trainer Darren Weir said.
For more information, please contact Sam Fairgray or Matt Tillett at Woodside Park Stud on 03 5424 8166 or visit www.woodsideparkstud.com.au