It’s now more than 60 years since Star Kingdom (IRE) began his stud career at Baramul Stud in the beautiful Widden Valley, and his name remains at the heart of the pedigrees of many of our best performers. Rosemont Stud’s dual Gr.1 winner Toorak Toff is a perfect example with two lines of this sire giant and he is one of the few remaining Star Kingdom male line descendants available to breeders.
The death of Golden Slipper winner Canny Lad in June has left Glenlogan Park’s four-times Gr.1 winner Show a Heart as the only significant male line representative of the once-dominant Star Kingdom clan. While Canny Lad had no major son, Show a Heart, who is still going strong in Queensland, is already represented by dual Gr.1 winner Toorak Toff who is off to a positive start in Victoria, being well supported in his first two seasons at stud.
Toorak Toff (ex Orong by Grand Lodge (USA)) won six races and $1.2m including the Golden Rose-Gr.1 and MRC Invitation Stakes-Gr.1 and retired to Rosemont Stud in 2012 covering 99 mares in his first season and 120 last year on a fee of $16,500. He’s available on the same fee in 2014.
The pedigree of this young sire shows the influence of some notable thoroughbred breeders, people who helped shape the Australian thoroughbred as it is today, including Stanley Wootton, George Ryder, Lionel Israel, Nelson Bunker Hunt and more recently Jack and Bob Ingham, H.E. Nasser Lootah, Colin McAlpine, Robert Sangster and Jon Haseler. For example, Toorak Toff’s fifth dam, Passing Cloud (IRE) (Golden Cloud-Moving Up by Pay Up), raced with success in Sydney before becoming a broodmare for George Ryder when he owned Woodlands Stud.
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