Tough Toranos

Mar 12, 2013

Racing in great form this time in, the lightly raced stayer Toranos was deserving of his metropolitan break through at Moonee Valley on Monday.

A first up maiden winner over 2019m at Mornington back in late December, the up-and-coming four-year-old had been close up at subsequent outings and he stripped hard fit for yesterday's 3000m assignment.

Settling at the rear in the Firefighters Union Handicap, Toarnos took off at the 700m as the field began to bunch and he was soon able to take the lead - in the front by the 500m.

Kicking a couple of lengths in front as he turned for home, Toranos kept going strongly - his margin on the line a soft 1¼ lengths.

"He is a nice progressive stayer," said jockey Craig Newitt who was happy with the early pace as Toranos relaxed out the back.

"I may've gone a bit early but he did a really good job and being lightly raced he still has plenty of room for improvement."

"He has always been the type to show us he wanted ground," Michael Kent said who has been pleased with the consistent form Toranos has been on.

Toranos races in the yellow, red and white colours made famous by his sire Elvstroem (pictured) who was co-bred and raced by Toranos' owners, the Tagg family.

His dam is the Last Tycoon mare Zandra, a half sister to the Gr.3 placed Gladwell from the family of the US Group One winners Gold Fever and Bellamy Road.