Madam Torio rates among the most improved horses in training during the current winter season at Belmont.
The pocket dynamo won her third race in four starts this campaign with another brilliant front-running exhibition in the Peninsula Dining Room Plate (1000m) on Saturday. She scooted to a four-length lead in the straight and was still a couple of panels clear on the line.
“She should be unbeaten this prep,” trainer Martin Allan claimed. “After her only defeat, we found out she was suffering from allergies so there were excuses that day.”
Madam Torio is from the first crop of Darling View Thoroughbreds sire I’m All The Talk and is just 15 hands. “She’s only small but she’s got a heart of gold,” Allan said. “Her younger half-brother by Playing God sold at the Mungrup Stud Dispersal last week and he’s already bigger than her.
“I went to $40,000 but he made $47,500.”
Their dam Sorbatorio (Oratorio) is an unraced half-sister to No Questions (G2 Karrakatta Plate) and French Favourite (LR Raconteur Stakes).
Because of her size, or lack of it, Madam Torio was a bargain $9,000 buy for Allen at the 2019 Perth Magic Millions. She has now earned $140,000 which includes $60,000 in Westspeed bonuses and there are more profitable pay-days ahead.
Allan says she does best when kept fresh on firmer tracks and he’s looking forward to a $100,000 3yo race over 1000m when Ascot resumes on October 10.
I’m All The Talk (Stratum) won the WA 2YO and First-season sires’ premierships in 2019-20 and he stands for a $6,600 (inc GST) fee at Darling View Thoroughbreds.