The Lads That Look Like Their Dads



Last week I took a wonderful new client, from Adelaide, up to our spelling farm, Emeran Park, to view his new purchase; the Toronado ex Chabaud Colt.

The new client is extremely well versed in all things racing, having purchased a horse even before he owned a car. He has raced over 300 horses in his life, so far, including a couple of Group 1 winners.

During his retirement, and with the permission of his wife, he trawls through every yearling catalogue and selects 2 or 3 horses he likes a year. He watches the sales and notes down who buys them and then approaches the purchasers with the objective of investing in the horses.

He is a very successful and interesting gentleman. Champion Thoroughbreds was lucky enough to have purchased one of the animals he liked; our cracking Toronado colt.

When we arrived at Emeran and viewed the Toronado colt, I noted that he is looking more and more like his father every time I see him. He has fantastic angles that give him a great bio-mechanical advantage over lesser developed animals. The slope in his shoulder is at a clear 45 degrees and his hindquarters are well-rounded and join his wither with a very strong topline.

Below I have a picture of Toronado (directly below) and under his sire is the Toronado ex Chabaud colt to show the remarkable similarities between this dynamic father and son duo.


For more information on this cracking colt click on the following link Toronado x Chabaud


Whilst at Emeran I also inspected our Contributer ex Minnaleo Colt. Once again, I was pleased to see how well he is developing.

He, like the Toronado colt, really impressed me. He is such a terrific physical type. He is a well-conformed and strong animal, again with nice angles, a strong cannon and a purposeful walk.

John O’Shea trained Contributer to 2 Group 1 wins and the uncanny resemblance between Contributer and his son was a major influencing factor in deciding to purchase this young, strong colt. This familial similarity can be seen in the pictures below.

Although only just 2 years old the strength in the hindquarters of this impressive colt is already clearly evident.

He has undergone a short induction at the stables at Randwick. John was extremely positive about this boy’s attitude and ability and commented that he pushed him further than is usual as he just seemed to rise to any and all challenges.

Below I have a picture of Contributer (directly below) and under his sire is the Contributer ex Minnaleo colt to show the muscular-skeletal similarities between this father and son.


For more information on this strong colt click on the following link Contributer x Minnaleo

The future for these two looks very bright indeed.




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