Tobin Bronze Champion Racehorse
Tobin Bronze One Of The Most Successful Australian Racehorses To Grace The Turf
The chestnut stallion foaled in 1962 was the son of Arctic Explorer from the Masthead mare Amarco.
Right from the start he proved his potential to become a champion racehorse capable of conquering distances from 1000m to 2400m with ease. Tobin’s abilities as a stayer brought him and his connections much fame and glory.
Tobin Bronze Considered South Australian
His weight carrying record was phenomenal as well. For the most part, Tobin Bronze was always considered a South Australian horse although he was Victorian, since he was foaled at the Paramount Stud located on the border of Victoria and South Australia. He was registered in Victoria.
Among Tobin’s early victories was the Cheltenham Peter Pan Handicap run over 5 furlongs in January 1965.
He went on to win several races under handicap conditions which included the Moonee Valley Cumberland Handicap over 8 furlongs in September the same year and Sandown Chisholm Handicap in January 1966, over the same distance.
Other victories in 1965 included the Geelong Derby Trial over 11 furlongs followed by the Victoria Derby.
His first Moonee Valley W S Cox Plate that proved his staying ability came in October 1966 over a distance of 10 furlongs, a feat that he repeated the following year over the same distance. Incidentally, his 1966 Cox Plate victory is considered one of the Top 5 Cox Plate moments.
1967 VATC Caulfield Cup
Tobin Bronze also romped home in the 1967 VATC Caulfield Cup carrying a weight of 61.5kg. One of his most notable victories was in the AJC Doncaster Handicap in which he carried 59.5kg. He carried a record weight of 62.5kg in the 1967 VATC Toorak Handicap, which he won in great style.
Not surprisingly, his weight for age record stands at 12 wins from 16 starts with 3 seconds, and 1 third placing. He is second only to champion stayer Redcraze in terms of weights carried to victory in the Caulfield Cup. Other notable victories came in stakes races that included the 1966 L.K.S. Mackinnon Stakes, 1967 All Aged Stakes, and the 1966 Flemington Turnbull Stakes over 12 furlong.
Tobin Bronze enjoyed a great rivalry with Galilee and the outstanding mare, Light Fingers. The latter unsuccessfully fought many battles with Tobin Bronze.
With John Miller in the saddle, Galilee got the better of the Tobin Bronze in the 1966 Caulfield Cup, Melbourne Cup, CB Fisher Plate and the Queen’s Plate. However, the chestnut stallion made amends the following season and bolted home in the 1200m Moonee Valley sprint.
Toby, as his fans know him, produced 24 wins on Australian turf from 44 starts before moving on to the USA. He ended his Australian run with an impressive victory in the 1967 W.S. Cox Plate and received a standing ovation.
After his move to the USA he won the 1968 Azucar Purse at the Hollywood Park Racetrack and three other races. However, he failed to continue from where he left off in Australia. Toby finished with a career best of 28 wins from 60 starts, 24 of which were on Australian turf.
He finished second on 10 occasions and was placed third in 6 races. He was retired to a stud in California.
Befitting of a champion racehorse, Toby was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2003. As a stud he sired 15 stakes race winners that included the winner of the 1975 San Luis Rey Handicap – Trojan Bronze, and the 1978 California Derby winner – Noble Bronze.