"The Japanese import gets a well-deserved farewell tour this autumn, before an even more deserved life at stud after a phenomenal racing career, no matter how it finishes."
A stunning son of Japanese super sire Deep Impact, Tosen Stardom has endured a fateful time Down Under.
He first made a trip to Australian shores in 2015, but his two-run campaign failed to produce a win, although he was a runner-up in the G1 Ranvet Stakes. He was meant to race in the 2016 autumn, but bled while in quarantine, earning a racetrack ban. So he made a delayed start to his career for Darren Weir, and while promising in his first six starts for him, he couldn't break through. But in two Group 1 fields, in the spring of 2017, he went bang.
He claimed the Toorak Handicap coming from well back in the field, and as Matt Hill called superbly, he 'dropped from the sky' to win the Emirates Stakes (former Mackinnon) with consummate ease after getting free running. He is another success story for a syndicate ownership, carrying the Australian Bloodstock colours that saluted in the 2014 Melbourne Cup (Protectionist). Let's hope he can go out with another big win.
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