Tosen Stardom (JPN) is likely to be given his chance to end his racing career on a better note at The Championships in Sydney after farewelling Melbourne racing with possibly the worst run of his career on Saturday.
After a series of setbacks early in his time in Australia, the former Japanese galloper finally showed his true quality last spring with Group 1 wins in the Toorak Handicap (1600m) and Mackinnon Stakes (2000m), but none of that form was on display last Saturday when he finished more than five lengths shy of the second last horse in the Blamey Stakes (1600m).
Tosen Stardom is to stand at Woodside Park Stud in Victoria next spring as an exciting new stallion prospect but he might be given a chance or two for racetrack redemption in Sydney next month after showing no physical ill effects from the run on Sunday.
Trainer Darren Weir’s Warrnambool stable foreman Jarrod McLean was forgiving of Tosen Stardom performance, saying he was a horse with a few tricks and was one that needs no reminding he is in a race.
"Just watching Tosen Stardom, he just appears to be a horse that you have to leave alone early," he told RSN 927’s Correct Weight program.
"Not that Brad (Rawiller) really fired him up but he gave him a bit of a dig to keep Chris Symons (on Odeon) out and got him over-travelling a bit too much and at this stage that’s the only excuse I can offer for the disappointing performance."
McLean said there was nothing physically wrong with the horse, who could still go to Sydney and compete in the Doncaster Handicap (1600m) before a farewell run in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).
"He seemed really good immediately after the race," McLean said. "They had him scoped straight after the race and there was nothing untoward so he’s a horse who can be a little bit like that.
"He was disappointing over 1600m (Cantala Stakes) in the spring and then blew them away a week later in the 2000m race (Mackinnon).
"Hopefully, as he’s got that little bit older, he’s got a few tricks and had an off day so let’s hope Weiry can turn him around n the next few weeks."
While Tosen Stardom finished last in the Blamey, stable mate Humidor won the race and McLean said he thought it was a real "bring on" run that would see the former Kiwi galloper peak for the $3 million Doncaster Mile at Randwick on April 7.
Humidor (NZ) and Mark Zahra (green) winning the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) over Cool Chap and Luke Nolan with Tosen Stardom (JPN) no where in sight, picture Quentinjlang.com