No Trouble for Toylsome in Prix de la Foret
by Mary Schweitzer
Date Posted: 10/6/2007 6:29:34 PM
Last Updated: 10/9/2007 11:18:21 AM

Toylsome swept to the lead at the start and never looked back as he captured the Prix de la Foret Casino Barriere de Biarritz (Fr-I) at 100-1 odds at Longchamp Oct. 6.

A champion and multiple stakes winner in his native Germany, Toylsome was mainly known for being the pacesetter for his famous stablemate, Manduro. Given a chance to shine on an international stage, the 8-year-old horse eclipsed all expectations, drawing away in the stretch to win easily by 2 1/2 lengths under Stephane Pasquier.

British invader Welsh Emperor, another 8-year-old, got up for second, with Marchand D’Or three-quarters of a length back in third. Final time for the seven furlongs was 1:22.5 over a soft turf course.

Toylsome’s victory was a bright spot for owner Baron Georg von Ullmann, who saw his star, Manduro, suffer a career-ending injury when winning the Prix Foy Gray d’Albion Barriere (Fr-II) last month.  When speaking of his Prix de la Foret winner, von Ullmann stated, “It was a shock, but a very positive shock. It’s nice to see such horses can win on Arc weekend. He deserves it. He is a great horse who always tries.”

Toylsome was bred in Great Britain by Serpentine Bloodstock. He is by Cadeaux Genereux out of Treasure Trove, by The Minstrel. 

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