Cascadian Denies Tofane Dream Finish In The All Aged Stakes

Cascadian denied Tofane the perfect end to her racetrack career at Randwick on Saturday, reeling in Michael Moroney’s four-time Group 1-winning mare to notch his second top-level success in the $600,000 Schweppes All Aged Stakes (1400m).

Cascadian ($11) travelled boldly in midfield from the inside barrier under James McDonald and after switching across heels with 250 metres remaining, caught Tofane ($13), who had briefly appeared to have opened a winning break, to score by a length.

Ellsberg ($11) and Laws Of Indices ($21) filled the first four as Forbidden Love ($4.40 favourite) and In The Congo ($4.60) ran eighth and ninth respectively.

“He jumped well, but he just come out a bit sluggish for the next 100 metres, so I actually had to make him, rub him into a spot and then he traveled up,” McDonald said.

“I was impressed with the way he bridled up from the 600 metres to the 400 metres, where horses have been struggling all day and he scooted through it.

“When I was actually peeling off Nash’s back (rider of the third horse Ellsberg) I could see Tofane. I had a few lengths to make up, but I thought Tofane might’ve been suspect at that last little bit and I’d really started rattling home 100 metres from home.

“I knew if something was finishing down the outside it had to be good. Very proud of the horse, what a training performance.”

Cascadian started his career in France for Godolphin, finishing runner-up in the 2018 G1 Prix Jean Prat (1600m), before winning at the elite level in last year’s G1 Doncaster Mile (1600m).

The seven-year-old New Approach gelding finished third in last year’s G1 All Aged Stakes and his only win since the Doncaster Mile came in the G2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield on February 26.

After that win, Godolphin’s Australian head trainer James Cummings stepped Cascadian up to the 2000m of the G1 Australian Cup before returning for two runs over 1600m in The All-Star Mile and Doncaster Mile and then dropping him further in trip for the All Aged.

“It was quite breathtaking really and a special victory for the horse, who has got so much heart,” Cummings said.

“We wondered to ourselves do we want to run him in the Australian Cup? Do we want to freshen him up for the All Aged or run in the Doncaster?

“I always think to myself, as (Godolphin form analyst) Dominic (Beirne) has always taught me, running in one doesn’t preclude you from running in the other and I actually think his run in the Doncaster set him up for today.

“He was enormous on that day (in the Doncaster Mile) but it was something of a barrier trial. He freshened up beautifully from then and he was unbeatable today.”

Tofane meanwhile will be retired and offered for sale as a broodmare after the All Aged, having won eight of 30 starts with earnings in excess of $3.5 million.

“Super run, brave on the speed, gave a good kick and just run down by something with an easier run,” Tofane’s rider Mark Zahra said.


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