Rosemont’s homebred Iconoclasm could now be set for a Group 1 at Flemington after bouncing back to winning form at Caulfield in his first start since undergoing throat surgery.
Rosemont was particularly chuffed with Iconoclasm’s win as it was the first stakes win for Toorak Toff, who they still own but is standing this season at Kingsley Park in Tasmania.
Flying the red and white gatecrasher silks, the Darren Weir-trained galloper was given an inspired ride by Ben Allen in the Listed Weekend Hussler Stakes over 1400 metres. Drawing away by over two lengths, he advanced his overall record to 6 wins and 2 thirds from 11 starts with earnings of $403,865.
Iconoclasm’s part-owner, Rosemont Stud’s Anthony Mithen, hopes Saturday’s victory will push the horse’s rating up enough to get into the Group 1 Kennedy Mile (Cantala Stakes) over 1600 metres on Derby Day.
“We hope and dream that we could maybe get there,” Mithen said. “He loves Flemington, and he is unbeaten in his three Flemington starts.”
“He’ll come on from that run. It’s five weeks between runs since he had an operation for an entrapped epiglottis.”
“Caufield Guineas Day and VRC Derby Day are the two days anyone racing a horse wants to get to, and it’s nice to think he could race on both those days,” he said.
Mithen took time to reflect on Iconoclasm’s dam Gold Lottey (Encosta de Lago) who died last month shortly after foaling a Choisir filly.
Gold Lottey was the winner of the Group 3 MVRC WH Stocks Stakes, the Group 3 VRC Vanity and the Listed AJC Wiggle Quality Handicap and was placed in the Group 1 South Australian Oaks. Gold Lottey was purchased by Rosemont for $64,000 at the 2012 Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale.
“He’s Toorak Toff’s first stakes-winner, he’s a horse we bred at our farm with Ash Hardwick, our cousin, and we’ve loved him from day one,” Mithen said.
“We don’t keep many colts, but we just loved him, and he’s out of our beautiful old mare Gold Lottey who we lost this year foaling, which was a tragedy.
“Iconoclasm is a great tribute to his mother Gold Lottey who everyone will remember as grand old mare and, fittingly, a daughter (of the also recently deceased sire) Encosta de Lago.”