03/23/2015 1:49PM

Toronado to shuttle to Australia


Multiple Group 1 winner Toronado will shuttle to Swettenham Stud in Victoria, Australia, for the upcoming Southern Hemisphere breeding season.

The 5-year-old son of High Chaparral is in the midst of his debut breeding season at The National Stud in Newmarket, England, after an on-track career that featured six wins in 12 starts for earnings of $1,212,812. He was a five-time stakes winner in England, highlighted by the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes and Sussex Stakes, the Group 2 Champagne Stakes, and the Group 3 Craven Stakes. He is also Group 1-placed in France.

Toronado will stand his first season in Australia for an advertised fee of about $17,238 ($22,000 Australian). He stands in England for about $22,388 (15,000 British pounds).

"Toronado is a magnificent, correct individual with tremendous muscle definition, which is why he was such a fast horse,” said stallion manager John Warren. "He is the fastest and most precocious son of High Chaparral and his two-year-old-winning dam is by the brilliantly fast dual Group 1-winning two-year-old Grand Slam.

"He looks the perfect horse for Australia with the combination of his pedigree, powerful physique and high-class performances,” Warren continued. “I know the breeders will be very impressed when inspecting him when he arrives in Australia, as he has been hugely popular in Britain."

Bred in Ireland by Paul Nataf, Toronado is out of the winning Grand Slam mare Wana Doo, whose two winners from five foals to race also includes the Italian steeplechase stakes winner Wan. He is from the family of Australian classic winner Heart of Dreams, Group 1 winners Casamento and French Clock, as well as Group 2 winner Regency and Group 3 winners Red Typhoon, Rightfully Yours, and Fast Future.