Winning Day for Torryburn

May 10 – Battered by the recent floods, the team at Torryburn Stud had reason to smile on Saturday with a flurry of winners emerging from the Cornish family owned boutique thoroughbred nursery at Gresford.

Two weeks ago Face Forward and Tower of Lonhro both won races in Melbourne and Perth and they repeated the effort on Saturday.

Three year-old Charge Forward filly Face Forward, a $105,000 Magic Millions purchase for First Light Racing from the draft of Torryburn Stud, claimed her fourth win from seven starts when scoring over 1200 metres at Flemington.

Prepared by Matt Ellerton and Simon Zahra, Face Forward led throughout to win by a length and has now won over $121,000 in prizemoney.

Bred and offered for sale by Torryburn Stud, she is the second winner for metro winning Danehill (USA) mare Endearment, who has a High Chaparral (IRE) weanling filly and was covered last year by Mossman.

Winner of the Listed WATC Grandstand Cup in March, the Adam Durrant trained Tower of Lonhro added another win to his tally when saluting at Belmont on Saturday over 2000 metres.

Tower of Lonhro has the overall record now 12 wins and six placings from 31 starts with prizemoney nearing $380,000.

A six year-old gelding by Lonhro, Tower of Lonhro was bred and sold by Torryburn Stud at the Inglis Australian Select Weanling Sale in 2009 for $42,500 and is a half-brother to Group III winner Under the Eiffel from stakes-placed Danehill (USA) mare Spire.

Spire has a yearling filly and weanling colt by So You Think and was covered again by the 10-time Group I winner last spring.

Another winner foaled and raised at Torryburn was two year-old Snitzel colt Skyclad, who won at Rosehill for his breeders Kim and Steve Dyer.

The Gerald Ryan trained youngster overcame the outside gate to lead all the way and win by a length in an encouraging display.

Skyclad is the third winner from three foals to race from the Strategic mare Loulou, who is now owned by John Cornish and Stud Manager Reggie Blundell.

Loulou is due to foal to Hinchinbrook this spring.

Torryburn Stud were also thrilled to see Queensland Derby hero Sonntag return to form with a good win at Flemington as they purchased his dam Parfaits for $165,000 at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale last year from a reduction of Darley stock.

Parfaits produced a filly by Denman for Torryburn last spring and is die to foal this year to Sebring.


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