Sweet win for Tavistock’s daughter

Sweet win for Tavistock’s daughter1 May 2020

Toffee Tongue has delivered Group One posthumous honours for Cambridge Stud’s late, great stallion Tavistock.

The filly shed her maiden tag in outstanding fashion with victory in the Australasian Oaks at Morphettville.

While it was her first win, her quality was evident with the runner-up finish in the G1 Australian Oaks at Randwick.

Waller said the original plan had been to send Toffee Tongue to Queensland, but the Oaks in Brisbane was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"We only decided to send her to Adelaide after she ran so well in the Australian Oaks and the Adrian Knox before that.

"She was earmarked for Queensland. Even though it was her first win, I felt she was always improving.

"Her run in the Adrian Knox Stakes was great and her run in the Australian Oaks was brilliant.

"She perhaps should have finished at least a bit closer. It's great to get the Group One with her."

Waller said he expected the Jonathan Munz-owned Toffee Tongue to be a force again in her next preparation over longer distances.

"She has got the breeding to be a really good horse. She is a sister to Werther, a Hong Kong Horse of the Year and a Hong Kong Derby winner.

"It was 2000 metres today, but 2400 metres is certainly not a negative."

Toffee Tongue was bred by Tavistock's racing connections including trainer Andrew Campbell and co-owners David Allison, Chris and John Barnao, Tommy Heptinstall, Tom Pivac and David Platt.

She was purchased from the Highden Park draft at Karaka by Dean Hawthorne Bloodstock for $500,000.