Tosen Stardom can be one of the great stallions in this country said his trainer Darren Weir after the former Japanese seven-year-old cemented his future when he won his first group 1 in the Toorak Handicap at Caulfield.
Weir said after the galloper flashed home down the outside to record a soft win that he had fears the injury-plagued horse would not live up to his immense ability.
‘’It’s such a relief because this horse has everything it takes to be one of the great stallions,’’ a jubilant Weir said. ‘’He’s got the pedigree, the ability and now he’s got his group 1.’’
In a race slightly marred by bouts of interference, Tosen Stardom started at $10 and had a length to spare over the Lindsay Park-trained Sovereign Nation ($21), with the same margin to another Lindsay Park galloper Petrology ($101).
But while relieved that Tosen Stardom has secured his future, Weir said he was not so sure about lining him up against Winx in the Cox Plate in two weeks. ‘’I’m not so sure about that but it’s either the Cox Plate or the Cantala next for this horse.’’
Tosen Stardom had been purchased to race in Australia by Australian Bloodstock but had only managed six runs in this country in 18 months as he battled soundness issues.
In another warning for the locals in the upcoming spring features, the fourth horse home was Newmarket trainer Hugo Palmer’s entire Mask Of Time, who started at $91 but finished on the heels of the placegetters