Oaklands Stud presented filly Gypsy Toff raced her way into favouritism for the $118,000 Capricornia Yearling Sale 2YO Classic (1200m) in Rockhampton on April 7 when a courageous third at Doomben in Brisbane last Saturday.
Gypsy Toff started from barrier 11 in the dozen horse field of the $122,500 QTIS 2yo Handicap (1050m) and began brilliantly to debate the lead.
Jockey Nigel Seymour then settled Gypsy Toff in second position before she momentarily hit the lead in the straight.
However, the early effort of having to be ridden for speed to cross from the wide alley told on Gypsy Toff over the final 200 metres but she fought back gamely to be a clear third.
Gypsy Toff finished 3.95 lengths third behind the well above average debutant, the Tony Gollan trained Shamut but in doing so she lost no admirers for her upcoming mission in the CYS Classic.
One of those admirers is the Tom Button stable jockey Nigel Seymour who produced a faultless ride at Doomben.
‘’It was good to see her race so well in Brisbane – she did everything right on a track which I thought was a genuine drying heavy and probably didn’t really suit her”, Seymour said.
He elaborated saying Gypsy Toff pleased him so much by settling in the race.
“She settled really well after I had to use her from the wide gate early. She sat just behind the leader and hit the front in the straight as if to race away. The early effort just told but she fought on really well and stuck to her task.
The other thing that pleased me was her behaviour at her first trip away from Rockhampton and to be racing on the big stage. Her behaviour was impeccable and she gave me a really good little preliminary going around to the barriers. I was very happy with the run and am excited to be on her for the big race (Classic) in Rocky in a fortnight”, Seymour said.
He added that Gypsy Toff had “a good blow” after pulling-up and that she would be all the fitter for the trip away and effort.
“She should only improve and is a very talented filly”, he said.
Gypsy Toff exploded on to the racing scene with a dynamic all-the-way 4.25 length win in a QTIS 2YO Fillies Handicap (1100m) at Callaghan Park in Rockhampton on March 8.
Her gutsy third at Doomben when she sat just off the leader proved that the Toorak Toff filly is not just one dimensional, a characteristic which will have significant importance in the impending Classic on April 7.
From her only two starts Gypsy Toff has returned her owners the Sparrow family just in excess of $34K after they purchased her from the Oaklands Stud draft at the 2017 CYS for $25K.
Her fine effort on Saturday makes Gypsy Toff a valuable commodity and that would be further enhanced by a win in the Classic which carries double QTIS winning bonuses.
Trainer Button has been patient with Gypsy Toff as she is a late November 6, 2015 foal meaning she would have been giving away too much maturity to her rivals had he chased the early season juvenile races with her.
Gypsy Toff’s sire the Show A Heart entire Toorak Toff was in the top echelon of sprinters of his year winning the GR 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes as well as being a three times winner at age two.
Aadelaidee (Keltrice – Mama San x Switch In Time) the mother of Gypsy Toff was also talented winning three races as well as being Listed Race (CORRECT) placed.