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Weekend Wrap Up- 6.4.2020

Curraghmore graduates once again performed with distinction over the last three days.

The performance of the weekend came via Tofane who finished a running fifth in the Gr.1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday.

It was her fourth consecutive run in elite company which is no easy feat and Saturday’s field was considered to be the strongest seen in the TJ Smith Stakes for some years.

Tofane drew wide and travelled wide, she was back to last on the turn and flew home in the straight taking ground off everyone including the eventual winner Nature Strip.

It was an impressive performance and it looks like she will relish 1400m if there is another run in her.

More than anything she has confirmed that she is up to Group One level and has been well developed and trained by Mike Moroney.

Also at Randwick Not An Option was making his Australian debut in the Gr.3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m), he drew wide and raced a touch erratically early on before coming home well to finish third.

It was a game performance from the two-year-old colt and he proved he is up to Australian Group level.

There were two winning Curraghmore graduates on Friday.

The well-related Seventh Seal, a full to Group One winner First Seal, broke his maiden at Canberra over 1000m.

The penny seems to have dropped for the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained three-year-old and he looks like he will progress well with the win under his belt.

War Frontier was another to break his maiden with a stylish win.

The three-year-old gelding was dominant in his 1200m test in Singapore and he looks to have a good future ahead of him.

Not An Option, Seventh Seal and War Frontier were all sold as yearlings by Curraghmore through the New Zealand Bloodstock sale while Tofane was bred by Gordon Cunningham and sold privately. It is pleasing to see graduates of the farm perform consistently and bring in the results, especially at a time when racing is restricted and any reason to celebrate is more than welcome. 

Back at home the farm is travelling well under lockdown with all the horses getting usual high level of care they are accustomed too.

REPLAY: Watch the Tofane fly home for fifth in the Gr.1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m).


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