Todman Champion Racehorse
Todman One Of The Most Formidable Australian Thoroughbreds Of All Time
Todman was best known for his impressive win in the inaugural STC Golden Slipper fought against the toughest on the track in 1957.
He was foaled at the Baramul Stud in the Widden Valley, New South Wales in October 1954 and was under the watchful eye of Stanley Wootton, who was responsible for importing his sire, Star Kingdom. Todman was the first of the sire’s five successive winners of the Golden Slipper. He was trained by Maurice McCarten.
The chestnut stallion comes from a long lineage of champions and went on to become the most impressive sprinter of his time. His first victory came as a two-year old in the AJC Juvenile Handicap at Randwick run over 5 furlongs, which he won by 10 lengths with jockey Neville Sellwood in the saddle.
Victory In The AJC December Stakes
He followed this with another victory in the AJC December Stakes at Randwick over an extended distance of 6 furlong. Success followed at Rosehill in the STC Welter Handicap after which he blazed the track once again in the inaugural STC Golden Slipper Stakes.
He finished the 1956-57 season with another impressive win in the AJC Champagne Stakes over 6 furlongs, leaving Tulloch lagging behind by 6 lengths and finished in a record breaking 1.10.0.
Todman began the 1957-58 seasons as a three-year-old still in partnership with jockey Neville Sellwood. The formidable duo lifted the AJC Hobartville Stakes at Warwick Farm, finishing the 7-furlong race in style. Next was the STC Canterbury Guineas at Canterbury, in which Todman sprinted home ahead of his rival by eight lengths.
Broke Down In Hill Stakes
He broke down in the Hill Stakes at the end of the season and could not resume racing in the 1958-59 season as a four year old. One year was spent swimming in salt water in addition to plenty of exercise along the beach.
Todman was back in form in the 1959-60 seasons, where Sellwood stirred the stallion to the finishing line ahead of the pack in the STC Flying Handicap at Canterbury.
He finished the 6-furlong race in an impressive time of 1:10.9 despite a two-year break from racing. Todman carried his form into the VRC Lightning Stakes at Flemington and raced the 5 furlongs in 0:59.25 seconds, defeating Gay Port by six lengths. This was followed by another victory in the VATC Futurity Stakes at Caulfield over 7 furlongs.
Races All Distances
Todman proved his ability to run distances from 5 furlongs to 9.5 furlongs. He has five races under his belt that are now classified as Group One races. If it was not for the two-year break from the track, the chestnut stallion’s record would undoubtedly have been more impressive. He finished with a career best of 10 wins from just 12 starts, with one second placing. He was unplaced in the STC Hill Stakes at Rosehill, the race in which he broke down, which was eventually won by Redcraze.
The champion racehorse was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2005.
Todman retired from the track in 1960 and began stud duties at the Widden Stud and Baramuyl Stud. He went on to sire 30 stake-winners that included the likes of Eskimo Prince (1964) and Sweet Embrace (1967), both Golden Slipper winners.
Other outstanding progenies were Blue Diamond, New Gleam, Imposing, Ricochet, and Crewman, who won more than $2.27 million. He was laid to rest at the Widden Stud in June 1976.
Visitors to Baramul Stud will find his headstone placed beside Star Kingdom as a befitting tribute to the champion Thoroughbred racehorse that was also responsible for siring several winners of the years. There is a life-sized statue of Todman at Rosehill Gardens amongst a series of plaques commemorating the winners of the Golden Slipper.