The Guy Walter-trained Toydini continued his rise through the ranks with an impressive win in the $125,000 Group 3 Bacardi Rum Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday.
Toydini skips clear in the Carbine Club Stakes, picture sportpix.com.au
The three-year-old had shown ability since he began his career though didn’t win as often as Walter himself would have expected but the gelding has come of age this autumn with a dominant win in the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes before Saturday’s comfortable win.
Ridden by Blake Shinn, Toydini jumped well from barrier eight and settled third last in the run, some six lengths off race leader Tatra (McEvoy) who set a moderate tempo.
Little change in the run until passing the 650m mark when Shinn made a lightning move on Toydini and the pair quickly moved up forward to sit, hard held, on the lead as the field rounded the turn.
Shinn held his mount together until the field passed the 350m before he asked for his best effort, and when he did the son of Bernadini (USA) let down impressive to race away and score a comfortable victory.
At the line the gap between Toydini and the field was three and three quarter lengths with Hawkspure (Brown) running third a short half head in front of Bradman (T Berry) in third place. The overall time was 1.36.12 with the last 600m run in 36.6.
“He showed his adaptability,” Walter said. “The pace wasn’t strong, Blake had to make an early move, which was a great piece of riding but he had the horse under him to do it; he is really going somewhere.
“He had gone up in weight and had a bit of an awkward alley and I was a little bit concerned about a lack of speed but he was very impressive.
“We are thinking about the Queensland Derby but we will just take it a race at a time.”
“(That was) super,” Shinn said. “In hindsight I got there too early but I got some cheap sectionals mid race and I respected Lunar Rise and Tatra from previous runs, but my bloke was a class above them.
“I had to put him into the race, but once I got there I knew I had the race sown right up, so I only coasted to the line so he didn’t have a hard run.
“He is a very classy horse and it is great for the stable and great for the owners so it is onwards and upwards with him.”
Toydini is out of Walters multiple group 1 placegetting mare, Johan’s Toy and is owned by R J Bergstrom & Mrs J K Bergstrom. His record now sits at 3 wins from 12 starts and prizemoney totalling $287,350.
Photofinish, by ATC