|Veteran performer Toledo could be immediately retired after his third Group One
win in this afternoons $270,000 3AW Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley.
The eight-year-old geldings biggest fan, trainer Russell
Cameron, revealed after the race thought would be given for the iron horses career
to come to a close.
"What more does he have to do," Cameron said.
"It was this third Group One win today and hes just an old marvel."
Toledo, a son of the Melbourne Cup
winner At Talaq, is gave Cameron his first Group One win in the Stradbroke Handicap four
years ago and not surprisingly the oldtimer has a special place in his heart.
"Hes a champion in my eyes," a proud
Cameron said. "Hes my all time favourite."
Cameron said the gelding was set to return to South
Australia, the state he was bred, for a tilt at that states most prestigious
"We were looking at running him in the Goodwood
(Handicap) in Adelaide before he won today," Cameron added.
Owned by the now Sydney based racing enthusiast Kate Torr,
Toledo gave the talented Melbourne based rider Steven Arnold a feature race to race
Arnold, who teamed up to win dozens of
races with Cameron when the two were a dominant combination in Adelaide during the late
1990s, had won the previous race, the Group Two Alister Clark Stakes, aboard the David
Hall trained Royal Code.
"Steven is certainly on fire. Hes as hot as they
get," Cameron said referring to the hoop who then came out and claim the very next
race, the Group Two Sunline Stakes aboard another Aquanita galloper Spurn for Robert
But the win didnt come without some drama when
another Group One event decision was handed over to Des Gleeson and his team of stipendary
stewards in their courtroom like stewards room.
Greg Childs, the rider of the third placegetter North Boy,
protest against Toledo being declared the winner alleging interference coming to the home
Childs said Toledo
"layed into my path" and used the shades of the grass to plead his case for an
alteration to the results.
After the parties involved in the protest were asked to
leave the inquiry stewards came to the decision the interference suffered by North Boy was
not severe enough to forced them to amend the placings.
At the end of todays 1200 metre race Toledo was able
to hang on to win the Group One feature by a long head over the well fancied runner Show a
Heart, while the unlucky North Boy was a further short head away on the outside in third
PICS Quentin Lang.