Apr 24, 2018
With just 200m to go it looked unlikely that well supported favourite Toorak Warrior was going to get the prize at Echuca on Monday, having settled at the rear he was still spotting the leaders five or six lengths at that stage.
The leader had skipped clear as Toorak Warrior began to finish off from the 150m and over the final stages he showed that he knows where the line is - showing good heart to put his nose out right where it counts.
"We stepped slowly from a bit of an awkward draw," jockey Jye McNeil reported, "so I just tried to ride him with a big of cover."
McNeil did a good job on Toorak Warrior, patient in the early stages before getting him into clear running entering the straight.
"There is still plenty of improvement there," he said.
"He is a bit immature and not fully concentrating yet."
The stable's Ryan Griffiths was pleased with the three-year-old's breakthrough - "he kinda came of age today I think, it was an impressive run."
"Robbie has a pretty good opinion of him. Hopefully he can get his confidence up and go through the grades, I think he might make a nice horse."
Purchased at the 2016 Adelaide Magic Millions, Toorak Warrior as his name suggests is a son of the dual Group One winner Toorak Toff was bred by Rosemont Stud out of their Carnegie mare Patience Well who died three years ago.
Hailing from the prolific black type family that has produced Catnipped, Hit The Roof and Brawny Spirit amongst many other classy performers, Patience Well is also dam of the winners Zero Patience and Hanovarian.