World champion stallion to stand at Swettenham Stud

24 March 2015

One of the Euroa electorate’s most renowned thoroughbred studs will soon host the world champion miler, Toronado, Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said today.

Ms Ryan congratulated Nagambie’s Swettenham Stud which has joined forces with world leading Qatari racing organisation, Al Shaqab to bring the stallion to Victoria.

“This is an exciting day for Swettenham Stud and for the breeding scene at Nagambie,” Ms Ryan said.

“Along with other recent developments such as the relocation of the Scone Equine Hospital to Avenel, our ability to attract world class stallions such as Toronado means we are beginning to rival the Hunter Valley as the home of Australian racing.

“I congratulate Swettenham’s principal Adam Sangster on this significant coup.

“This is an important moment for the racing industry in the Euroa electorate and indeed Victoria and reflects a substantial show of faith in the Australian bloodstock industry from the international racing world.”

Ms Ryan said Toronado had become one of the most exciting two year olds of his generation.

“This stallion was unbeaten as a two year old and won his first race over 1300m before winning both the prestigious Winkworth Stakes in Ascot and the Gr.2 Champagne Stakes in Doncaster.

“He was crowned European Champion Miler at age three and became co-highest rated miler of his age in the world with an international rating of 125.

“The fact that Toronado is being entrusted to Swettenham speaks volumes about the standard of the stud,” Ms Ryan said.

“This will be a rare and special opportunity for breeders across Victoria and I wish Swettenham all the best for a successful 2015 breeding season.”

Ms Ryan said the racing industry contributed significantly to the Victorian economy each year and opportunities like this were reflective of the vision and dedication local stud owners and trainers had for the sport.

“It is exciting to see these types of opportunities pop up in the industry within Victoria and I am proud to see what is happening to racing in the Euroa electorate.”

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