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Tobin Bronze
The Bronze Bullet

Profile of a Champion

By Arctic Explorer From Amarco

Recently it was announced that the race formerly known as the Euclase Stakes would from 2021 be renamed in honour of champion racehorse Tobin Bronze.  While Euclase (a brother to Rubiton) was an outstanding racehorse winning stakes races in 3 states incl the Group 1 Goodwood the naming of a race after 'The Bronze Bullet' in Australia is well overdue and this is his story.

Tobin Bronze was sired by English stallion Arctic Explorer.  Arctic Explorer (by Arctic Prince) was bred by LTCOL Giles Loder and was foaled on Feb 6 1954.  As a 2yo he had 4 starts for 2 placings but improved as a 3yo winning his first four starts of the season.  First up he won the Hastings Stakes at Newmarket in April before then winning the Fen Ditton Stakes 2 weeks later. His third race win was in the well regarded King Edward VII Stakes over 1 ½ miles at Ascot by 3 lengths.  Competing at the top level he then won the Eclipse Stk on July 13th before being 5th in the Great Voltigeur Stk at York and 9th to Ballymoss in the St Leger.  Returning as a 4yo he won the Coronation Stk 10f at Sandown and was placed in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes and 3rd at his second run in the Eclipse Stakes behind Ballymoss. His record was 13 starts for 5 wins 1 second and 3 thirds and Pound35, 762 in stakes.  It was the era when many Australian studmasters were looking to import new stock for their studs and making some very succesful choices in the new European stallions.  Arctic Explorer was imported to be the foundation stallion at the new Stockwell Stud in Victoria and arrived in 1958 after being purchased for a reported 50,000 pounds.  Arctic Explorer arrived with great fanfare and was one of the highest priced stallions to be imported into Australia being the first Eclipse Stakes winner to stand at stud here.  He served 27 mares resulting in 18 foals (1 died) in his first season and of those 4 went to the Victorian yearling sales with filly Arctic Rose being the topseller and another filly Rose Tudor (his first winner) the second highest priced.  Arctic Explorer served 49 mares in his second season for 37 live foals (2 died) and 55 mares for 41 foals in his third season and 55 mares for 38 foals in his fourth (1961).  He remained at Stockwell Stud until he was purchased by Jedbrugh Stud in New Zealand after Tobin Bronze's victory in the 1965 VRC Derby.

Arctic Explorer's stakeswinners were:
 Australian bred -
Arctic Star (Foaled 1959 - AJC & VRC Oaks and Edward Manifold Stk), Arctic Beau (1961- Tas Derby), Journey (1961 - VRC Ottawa Stk), Thredbo (1961- VRC Ascot Vale 2yo stk),  Bobalex (1962- Mornington Cup, Bendigo Cup, Ballarat Cup, Bagot Hcp), Tobin Bronze 1962 ,  Arctic Coast (1963-Aust Cup, Duke of Norfolk Stk, OJ Smith Challenge Stk, Adelaide Town Plate), Hialeah (1963 - Sandown Guineas, Geelong Oaks Trial), Arctic Symbol (1965-Turnbull Stk, Sydney Cup, Caul Stk),
New Zealand bred - Igloo (1967-Bris Cup, Chipping Norton Stk, Turnbull Stk, Caul Stk, Coongy Hcp, Autumn Stk), Wiremu (1967 - WRC Hcp, Avondale Cup), Marinoto (1968 - ARC Railway Hcp, Cuddle Stk x2, Lady Norrie Stk), Frozen Section (1969 - Ballarat Cup, Underwood Stk), Tom’s Mate (1970 - CB Fisher Plate, Sandown Cup)


Arctic Explorer

Amarco, who was bred by Mr EA Underwood, descended from a long line of successful broodmares dating back to Melbourne Cup winner Sister Olive through her daughter Mount of Olives bred at Richmond Park Stud in Adelaide before the stock was moved to establish Kismet Park Stud in Victoria.  Amarco was by English import Masthead from the Ronsard stakeswinning mare Ronolive and was a half sister to multiple stakeswinner Surang (Merson Cooper Stk, Mimosa Stakes and VRC SIres Produce) and SA Grand National winner Zethos.  Amarco won the VRC Oaks and was second in the Wakeful Stakes in a career spanning 21 race starts. She retired to stud as a 4yo and her first foal in 1959 was a black colt named Lamarack by Landau who won 14 races from 57 starts.  She missed in 1960 then produced the chestnut filly Raw Metal (by Arctic Explorer) who was unplaced in 3 starts but went on to produce VRC Derby winner Galena Boy and stakeswinner Cast Iron at stud.  At this time Amarco was sold as part of the dispersal of the estate of EA Underwood and was sold to W Brown who had Paramount Stud (later known as Narrung Stud) in Penola SA.  Amarco was sold in foal and with her 1961 foal at foot for 4500 guineas.  Tobin Bronze was foaled in the spring of 1962 and she was then sent to resident stallion Paramount to produce the chestnut colt Lead Bronze won won two races including the Spring Stakes and was second in the PARC SA Sires Produce Stakes.  She produced brown filly Moneta (one win from 13 starts)  in 1964 and Delta Bronze (unplaced 2 starts) in 1965 to Balcrest Stud's Coronation Boy before missing in both 1966 and 1967.  Sent to New Zealand Amarco produced chestnut filly Persian Bronze (won SA Oaks and 2nd Wakeful Stakes) to Agricola in 1968.  She then slipped twins to Agricola in 1969 and then foaled Trojan Bronze (winner of 6 races & second in SA St Leger) to Arctic Explorer in 1970.  She missed to Arctic Explorer in 1971 and was returned to Narrung Stud where she went to resident stallion Mariner producing bay filly Tarti (unplaced 1 start later went to stud)  in 1972.  Missed to Mariner in 1973 and when sent back to New Zealand missed to Arctic Explorer in 1974 then produced brown filly Jewel Bronze (second SA Oaks later to stud) to him in 1975.  She missed again to Boysie Boy in both 1976 and 1977 before one last foal Queen Amarco by Authentic Heir in 1978.  Queen Amarco (aka Amarco Hunter) was unraced but at stud she produced Cosmic Kingdom (winner of STC Canterbury Cup) and Flying Luskin (6 stakeswins including Wellington Cup and Trentham Stakes) as her first two foals and later produced filly Verdigris who in turn produced South African Guineas winner The Delegator.  Amarco missed to Habeas Corpus and Lord Dudley between 1979 and 1982 and was not served in 1983 before noted as dying in early January 1984 at 29 years of age at Narrung Stud.


                                                                                                 Amarco                                                                                         Amarco and Foal (Trojan Bronze)

Walter Brown decided to keep the chestnut colt who would race as Tobin Bronze and sent him to be trained by Grahame Heagney in Adelaide (Grahame reportedly had earlier declared him as the best foal he’d ever seen).  Tobin Bronze started his career in the early season 2yo race in Adelaide the Fulham Park Plate at Victoria Park in August 1964.  He missed the start but ran on nicely on the straight course to finish 4th.  Second up three weeks later he ran second to Charmant in the Glenbrae Hcp at Cheltenham and was spelled.  Returning in the Peter Pan Hcp over 5 furlongs at Cheltenham he easily defeated Diolen then two weeks later lined up in the SA Bloodhorse Breeders Stakes at Morphettville over 6 furlongs where he defeated Diolen again.  Starting live up to the early promise Tobin Bronze was then aimed at the feature races in Melbourne where he easily won the Trenton Stakes over 6 furlongs at Caulfield from Peace Council.  Starting equal favourite in the VRC Sires Produce at Flemington he ran a disappointing 7th behind Citius but in searching for answers it was considered that pre race nerves had unsettled the young horse in front of the feature race crowd.  Blinkers were applied and they did the trick as he performed up to his best at his next start defeating Te Parae in the Gibson - Carmichael Stakes over 8 furlongs at Flemington.

 Returning from a spell at Narrung Stud it took a couple of sprint races before Tobin Bronze was ready to show his true form but then he blitzed the field in the Cumberland Handicap at Moonee Valley where he strode past the post winning by 8 lengths.  He then went to the Moonee Valley Stakes where he was the clear favourite and jumped well
but settled behind Work of Art before Summer Haze moved up on the outside  with Star Affair going around them.  As Work of Art tired he got caught behind that horse and drifted back through the field to third last and trying to find a way clear with 400m to go.  He finally got clear and flew home but it was too late to catch the winner Star Affair who won in race record time defeating Diocletian by ¾ len with a neck to Tobin Bronze third.  In the Caulfield Guineas he was expected to turn the tables on Star Affair.  Tobin Bronze was in the leading group throughout and the two colts put on a great battle to the line but Star Affair was too brilliant in the final stages.  It was then to an easier option in the Geelong Derby Trial while Star Affair won the Cox Plate and they headed back for another duel in the VRC Derby.  Tobin Bronze started 5/2 on fav in the Geelong Derby Trial and hit the front at the top of the long 500m straight.  It was set up for something to run him down and Gala Crest and Bonny Lomond tried hard but in the end he was just too good for the opposition equalling the track record.  Star Affair and AJC Derby winner Prince Grant were the favourites for the VRC Derby but it was Tobin Bronze despite a check at the 600m putting on an amazing display to power home winning by 2 lengths from Midlander and Diocletian & stamping himself as an upcoming star.  It was then to the Melbourne Cup and he put on a good show leading into the straight but he was run down finishing 8th to Light Fingers.  After a break he ran first up at Morphettville in early January with a close finishing third over 6 furlongs to Misty Kaa and Royal Leigh passing the post 3/4 of a length from the winner.  Then it was back to Melbourne where he defeated a field of 18 in winning the Chisholm Hcp at Sandown.  A start in the race had been up in the air but after a stunning workout at Caulfield on the Thursday before it was all good to line up in the race.  Tobin bronze was installed as evens favourite  for the Blamey Stk where he defeated Midlander by 4 lengths with Craftsman third.  As equal favourite in the St George Stakes with Light Fingers he  got pocketed in the run and had to pull back to find a way around the field.  Once clear flew down the outside just failing to catch Light Fingers by a neck with a head back to Terrific in third. He then went out as 6-4on favourite for the VRC St Leger but didn’t stay the distance being defeated by Prince Grant.  Tried again as a stayer in the Duke of Norfolk stakes he went past the post in 6th place returning to scale distressed after the 2 mile run.

Despite not getting the 2 miles during his 3yo season Tobin Bronze was aimed at the Cups double as a spring 4yo and started his prepartion with a first up third over a sprint distance at Victoria Park where Best Blend & Tara Breeze went straight to the front and gave nothing else a chance but Tobin Bronze was running on well at the end 4 lengths behind Best Blend with Galilee back in 6th place.  This was the first of 8 clashes between Tobin Bronze and Galilee.  In the JJ Liston Stakes at Sandown he had a two horse war down the straight with Bowl King where Tobin Bronze proved too good defeating Bowl King by a head.  Tobin Bronze then went to the Craiglee Stakes where he won untouched by 4 lengths from Khalif with Citius third.  Followed by the Underwood Stakes to gain revenge on Light Fingers winning by 5 lengths as the headlines started to pick up on the new star.  Living up to the new sensation banner he then made it four in a row in the Turnbull Stakes where as the 7-2 on favourite he crushed the start New Zealander Terrific taking the lead around the home turn and racing well clear in the home straight to win as he liked.  It was now onto the Caulfield Cup with 8.13 (56kg).  A trial over a mile the Thursday prior with Lead Bronze saw confidence build into the Caulfield Cup.  He was sent out as the 5-4on favourite (only Tulloch had started at a shorter price).  As the barriers opened Tobin Bronze jumped in the air losing ground and was immediately hunted up to find a position going out of the straight.  Meeting interference soon after the horse got fired up and refused to settle and started pulling.  Left with the only option Jim Johnson had to allow the horse to stride up to sit behind the leaders Clipjoint & Duo.  Unfortunately the NZ mare Clipjoint didn’t stay and dropped out well before the turn leaving Tobin Bronze in front with 800m to run and a sitting duck for the backmarkers to run down.  He turned for home 2 lengths in front but he started to tire and In the end the field caught the chestnut in the final stages with Galilee going on to win while Tobin Bronze ran 6th.  There was concern on Tuesday before the Cox Plate when Tobin Bronze pulled up slightly lame after trackwork but it was later revealed the off fore had been ‘pricked’ slightly the day before when being shod.  Back to his brilliant best in the Cox Plate the opposition couldn’t get near him as he won impressively from Winfreux and Light Fingers.  The Mackinnon Stakes a week later followed where he again won as he liked as the short priced fav from Prince Grant and Galilee after taking lead at the 400m and racing away to win well.  He was then 18th in the Melbourne Cup after leading down the straight the first time before dropping into 4th on the rail by the 2000m however again he refused to settle and pulled hard so it was obviously by the 800m he was starting to tire.  At his fifth run within three weeks  Galilee defeated him in the CB Fisher Plate at the end of the carnival where Tobin Bronze led into the home straight but soon Galilee went past winning by 2 ½ lengths with a further 3 lengths to Future third.  Tobin Bronze was them spelled for the autumn.

A trial at Moonee Valley was organised for Tobin Bronze and stablemate Don Juan before resuming in the William Reid Stakes.  Although not suited he was only beaten a head for third to Marmion and Storm Queen.  Less than two weeks later Tobin Bronze resumed his rivalry with Galilee and he led throughout to win Orr Stk by 3 lengths beating Galilee and Future over 7 furlongs.  The Blamey Stakes was marketed as a match race between Tobin Bronze and Galilee with the longer distance of 10 furlongs more suited to the Melbourne Cup winner but Tobin Bronze took the race in his stride easily defeating Galilee and Khalif. 
In late February there were offers seriously considered to sell Tobin Bronze to English bloodstock agency interests.  Reports indicated the figure around $300,000 as American offers of $250,000 had been knocked back in late 66.  However the option to purchase was not taken up and it was announced the option had lapsed as of the end of the month.  At his third start in three weeks in the St George Stakes he then cruised to victory from Future and Pharson.  The fortnight lead up to the autumn feature the Queen’s Plate over 10 furlongs started and It was regarded as another virtual match race between Galilee and Tobin Bronze.  Blue Special made the pace to the home turn with Prince Grant moving up on his outside and Tobin Bronze back on the rail with Galilee outside him.  As the leader tired Tobin Bronze tried to make a run on the inside after being pocketed.  As Galilee made a forward move to get to the lead Tobin Bronze was still trying to get clear giving the Cummings trained champion the chance to sprint clear.  Tobin Bronze got out to give chase but it was too late with Galilee winning by a half length.  Athough a star at weight for age Tobin Bronze was sometimes referred to as a glass jawed champion due to his lack to date of success in handicaps so plans were made to aim for either the Australian Cup or the Doncaster in Sydney.  Ultimately it was decided that Tobin Bronze would head to Sydney for a short two race campaign over the Easter carnival with his main target the Doncaster Handicap.  Four days before the race Tobin Bronze was defeated in a track gallop by Citius and his price drifted from 9/4 favourite out to 7/1 (later starting at 11/2).  Then a day later he was found to be suffering from colic and as he could not be treated with the normal oil they tried stout which ultimately remedied the issue.  But it remained Tobin Bronze had issues in the lead up, taking on a field of 21, carrying topweight of 9.5 (59.5kg) and having his first start the Sydney direction something which had brought others undone on raceday.  It was considered to put the blinkers back on Tobin Bronze for the Doncaster as he was known to jump well and go forward when wearing them and to help looking about as he had been doing at Randwick in trackwork.  However trainer Graeme Heagney was refused permission to use them in the race. After jumping well he settled in 5th behind the leading pair Time and Tide and Nebo Road then Cendrillion and Cabochon.  With the leaders travelling at breakneck speed 3yo Cabochon moved up on the rails behind them with Tobin Bronze further back.  Past the 800m Tobin Bronze dropped back to 7th and held that spot until turning for home where he moved out wide to start his run still a distance from the leaders.  Well into the straight Cabochon rushed up to take the lead moving up on the inside of the tiring Nebo Road and by the 200m was 6 lengths ahead of Tobin Bronze who was giving chase.  With 100m to go for a moment Tobin Bronze looked to struggle but then picked up under hard riding to catch the lightweight on the post to win by a half head. Two days later he won the All Aged Stakes defeating Gay Gauntlet as expected.  Soon after it was proposed that Galilee and Tobin Bronze have a match race in Sydney but after Galilee pulled up with an injury after winning the Sydney Cup the match race was called off.  Tobin Bronze and Galilee met 8 times with the tally on four each with Tobin Bronze superior over shorter distances and Galilee in the longer races.  Tobin Bronze then spelled in Adelaide.  At the same time it was noted that Tobin Bronze would go to the US to racing in the Washington International if invited and soon after it was announced that Tobin Bronze had been invited to the race but would need to be quarantined on return to Australia for 6 months. 

In early August it was reported that Tobin Bronze, Light Fingers, Red Handed, Ziema and Bunratty Castle would take part in a special trial at the Victoria Park races between races and he was entered for the Liston Stakes in mid August but trainer Graeme Heagney noted he would be scratched if the track was too wet.  Torrential rain arrived on race morning and Tobin Bronze was a late scratching.  Plans followed to head to the Memsie Stakes with a slight doubt on starting him first up over 9 furlongs.  After a track trial with Terrific and Bunratty Castle where Tobin Bronze was last of the three his return was delayed again with plans to head to the Craiglee Stakes.  Another disappointing gallop the Thursday before the Craiglee saw a vet check to follow before a decision to again scratch was made with a blood sample confirming there was a issue with his liver.  There were doubts over if he’d head to the Cups in the spring after the belated start to his campaign and ultimately Tobin Bronze didn’t resume until the end of September leaving less than 4 weeks to prepare for the Caulfield Cup. Finally looking like he had recovered Tobin Bronze went to the Nulla Nulla Hcp over 6 furlongs at Moonee Valley.  Carrying  9.13 (63kg) he sat in second in the run and then hit full speed striding away from the home turn to win from the lightweights Corbyn Lad and Brandy Cruiser.  Two weeks later he won the Toorak Hcp as he liked with 9.12  (62.5kg) defeating Red Handed by 2 ½ lengths.    Reports of a new offer and likely sale came through mid October and Tobin Bronze was sold just 2 days before the Caulfield Cup to his new US based owners for a reported $400,000.  Heading into the Caulfield Cup on one of the lightest preparation with only 2 runs over 6 furlongs (1200m) and a mile (1600m) to prepare for the gruelling race he was also drawn wide, had a huge weight of 9.10 (61.5kg) and the weight of the public supporting their idol.  With a slow pace early there was a lot of iinterference early but Tobin Bronze was able to keep clear and settled far better than 12 months earlier despite being a little wide for the first part of the race.  Past the half mile he was just behind the leading group and out of trouble going well as Limit lead the field from Roman Consul.  Coming around the home turn Tobin Bronze showed the brilliance was back and with 400m to go he sailed past the leader Limit and went for home.  Garcon tried to give chase and challenge but Tobin Bronze fought him off and kicked clear but then he had to fight hard to hold off the late challenge of Red Handed to win.  William Breliant & Irving Litz flew to Australia to complete the sale just before the Caulfield Cup and it was noted by onlookers that his new owners were as excited as the racing public by his win.  William Breliant's plans  were to race Tobin Bronze in the US before having the stallion as the foundation stallion at his stud.  The build up to the Cox Plate was amazing and with Tobin Bronze carrying the no 1 saddlecloth the crowd started cheering from when he appeared on the track until the race started.  A huge crowd of 38,000 was in attendance to farewell the champion.  New owner William Breliant couldn’t believe the reception and said he had never seen anything like it.  Tobin Bronze led Terrific on the home turn and just strode away in the run to the line with Terrific second and a gap back to Craftsman third.  Stewards told jockey Jim Johnson if he should win the Cox Plate as expected to take the horse all the way to the end of the straight and bring him past the crowd so they could all see him before returning to scale.  Started as 6-1 on favourite in the 1967 Cox Plate and the reaction of the crowd even astounded his trainer as fans packed around the raceday stall asking for hair from his mane or tail.  The following race even had to be put back 35 minutes due to the adulation of the departing champion.

It cost $30,000 to organise a flight to fly Tobin Bronze to the US and it was planned to depart on Nov 2 only 5 days after the Cox Plate with the journey expected to take 16 hours.  The Laurel raceclub agree to part pay for the flight to get the horse to the US for the race.  On arrival in LA he had to be kept in a stall on a transport truck for several days before clearing quarantine.  Going from the warm spring weather in Australia to the cold winter weather in the United States wasn't ideal and he had his first workout on the track on Tuesday 7th November.  Grahame Heagney accompanied the horse to the US and Jim Johnson was booked to ride arriving during the week.  Interest in the race in Australia was so high that a direct broadcast was organised despite the race being run early on a Sunday morning Australian time.  Four days later in the race itself Tobin Bronze was behind the leaders and as Fort Marcy and Damascus made their forward move Tobin Bronze clipped the heels of tiring leader Speed Symboli and dropped back to sixth.  On straightening he was still 6 lengths behind the local US pair and chased hard but was still 2 ½ lengths behind the lead as he started to tire 50m from the line.  He was sent out second fav behind the odd on US runner Damascus who was beaten a nose by Fort Marcy with Tobin Bronze third.    After the race his new connections had an offer to sell for $1 million but knocked it back and Tobin Bronze went into training with acclaimed US trainer Charles Whittingham. 

In his first race for the new stable in January at Santa Anita Tobin Bronze  was defeated a neck by Zip Pocket in the May Stock Farm Purse after leading and getting run down in the final stages.  Three weeks later he won the View of Hope race at Santa Anita where he settled in fourth position then improved to third approaching the home turn before being allowed to charge home in the straight.  Tobin Bronze won by 2 ½ lengths from Khalborough with Aurelius II third.  He was then assigned topweight of 8.6 in the San Antonio Hcp in late February where he lined up on a dirt track for the first time.  The eventual winner Rising Market led throughout as Tobin Bronze settled well back and although he made ground he couldnt improve past the other runners beaten 4 1/2 lengths into 7th past the post.  His next start was again on the dirt course at Santa Anita in the Azucar Purse over 9 furlongs.  Tobin Bronze followed the leader Proud Land to the turn where when asked for his effort strode into the race on the outside and fought hard to win by a half length with Duncan Junction third.  Tobin Bronze remains one of the few Australian champions to venture overseas and win on the dirt in the United States.  A week later his third and final start on the dirt surface in the Santa Anita Handicap followed over 1 1/4 miles.  Unfortunately the extremely wet conditions didnt suit Tobin Bronze and he struggled being well back throughout finishing in 9th place 11 lengths behind the longshot Mr Right.  After that run it was decided to restrict him to grass tracks as although he did win one of the three races he wasnt stretching out well on the surface.  Back on turf for the San Luis Rey Handicap in late March over 1 1/2 miles he went to the front and was looking like he was back to top form but victory was snatched away in the last bound where he was beaten a nose by Biggs with Ole Bob Bowers a neck away third.  A fornight later he went to the San Juan Capistrano Handicap over 14 furlongs where Tobin Bronze settled well back in tenth place of the 12 horse field and although he impoved along the back straight he ultimately faded to finish 9th behind the winner Niarkos.  He finished his first US preparation with the Century Handicap over 1 1/4 miles at Hollywood Park where he was in the leading group throughout the race but again faded in the run for home to finish fifth behind Model Fool.

A spell followed during which time his US owners invited Grahame Heagney to assist Tobin Bronze's return to the track.  Returning to racing in August he was unplaced in an Allowance at Atlantic City over 7 furlongs before returning to winning form at the same track over 1 mile in defeating Night Cloud in an Allowance.  Tobin Bronze was then aimed at the feature races again heading to the United Nations Handicap at Atlantic City in September.  Midfield in the run he was left flatflooted as the leaders turned for home and although he made ground in the run to the line he gave away too much of a start running fourth behing Dr Fager, Advocator and Fort Mercy.  The bad luck followed 10 days later when he was again behind the leaders in the Sunrise Handicap with Sea Castle in front when trying to make his run he had to be checked off heels again losing ground.  Tobin Bronze ran on strongly but couldnt catch the winner Advocator with Sea Castle in second place.  As the racing season moved to Belmont Park Tobin Bronze lined up in the Long Island Handicap over 11 furlongs where he hit the front in the straight but Flit Too fought back too strongly to defeat Tobin Bronze by 3/4 length.  Two weeks later over the same course and distance Tobin Bronze won his fourth race in the US in an Allowance defeating Ginger Fizz by two lengths.  One final attempt at a feature race saw Tobin Bronze lining up in the Man O'War Stakes over 12 furlongs at Belmont Park but after passing the post tenth of the 11 runners behind winner Czar Alexander Tobin Bronze was retired to stud. 

On retirement he joined the stud roster at Gainesway Farm for 1969 season where he remained until the 1976 season.  Tobin Bronze then moved to Three Rings Farm in California for several seasons before finally moving to William Breliant's stud Rancho De Esperanza where he remained for the rest of his life.  Even at 20 years of age he as still noted at the head of the stallion roster of 4 and was eventually retired from stud duty at 23 in Jan 1986.  Tobin Bronze died aged 32 on April 18 1994.      Tobin Bronze stood 16 1 ¼ hh and measured 67 inches hip to mid wither and 66 inches from with to last joint of his tail.  Girth was 73 1/2 inches
Tobin Bronze produced 23 foals in his first crop and 25 in his second.  These foals included Tobin's Love who was a race winner and produced the stakeswinner Tobin's Rose at stud and Trojan Bronze who had 21 starts for 8 wins and 3 placings including victories in the Grey Handicap, Clarendon Stakes, Vandal Stakes, San Luis Rey Stakes (Grade 1) and SAn Marcos Handicap (Grade 3) and was Tobin Bronze's first stakeswinner.  His third crop only had 15 foals but these included the filly David's Tobin who won 5 of her 25 starts and then went to stud to produce Dignitas (G2 Illinois Derby, G2 Michigan Mile, Rushaway Stakes and later a sire), stakeswinners Explosive Girl and Turbo Launch and was the third dam of Horse of the Year Point Given.  Others in that third crop were Auguste winner of the British Columbia Derby, Governor's Handicap and Sonoma Country Stakes and the chestnut filly That Old Gal who won 2 races from 11 starts.

In his fourth crop Tobin Bronze sired Proud Tobin who was out of the Noholme II mare Hometown News and with 5 wins from 9 starts was named the Champion 2yo colt in Canada.  Another member was Bronze Point who won 9 from 23 starts including the Grade 3 Swannee River Handicap and was the dam of Wood Memorial Stakes winner Air Forbes Won.  Others foals of his fourth crop included Beau Bronze who won 10 of 99 starts with 19 placings, Foxy Numbers 4 wins from 16 starts and produced 7 foals with 5 to race and 4 winners, Magnificent Don winner of the Golden Link Handicap and Randall Mall Stakes and Flumsa winner of the Santo Ysabel Stakes amongst her 5 wins from 18 starts.

The winners continued in later crops including Noble Bronze winner of the Hollywood Juvenile Championship, California Derby and later went to stud and stood alongside Tobin Bronze, L'Artiste winner of the Florida Turf Handicap amongst 7 wins from 46 starts, Princess Toby 9 wins and 16 placings from 47 starts including the Osunitas Stakes and Clever Clover Stakes, Sari's Tobin 21 starts for 5 wins and 7 placings including the Bustles and Bows Stakes and Shining Bronze winner of Matchmaker Handicap and Cosmah Stakes amongst 47 starts for 8 wins and 14 placings.

Overall at stud Tobin Bronze sired 31 stakeswinners and 123 individual winners of over $6 million in stakes with the 48 foals from his first two crops producing 29 individual winners



After VRC Derby

Winning Doncaster Hcp



In the US in late 1968

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Tobin Bronze Race Record

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