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Tobin Bronze

Tobin Bronze
Sire Arctic Explorer
Dam Amarco
Grandsire Arctic Prince
Damsire Masthead
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1962
Country Australia
Color Chestnut
Breeder W. Brown & Sons Pty. Ltd.
Owner 1) Alfred, Donald C. & Walter E. Brown
2) William Breliant & Irving Litz
Trainer 1) Graham H. Heagney
2) Charles E. Whittingham (USA)
Record 60: 28-10-6
Earnings 89,586
Tobin Bronze is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Amarco by Arctic Explorer. He was born around 1962 in Australia, and was bred by W. Brown & Sons Pty. Ltd..
Major wins
Bloodhorse Breeders' Stakes (1965)
Victoria Derby (1965)
Blamey Stakes (1966)
Craiglee Stakes (1966)
J J Liston Stakes (1966)
Underwood Stakes (1966)
Turnbull Stakes (1966)
Cox Plate (1966, 1967)
Turnbull Stakes (1966)
L.K.S. MacKinnon Stakes (1966)
Orr Stakes (1967)
St George Stakes (1967)
All Aged Stakes (1967)
Doncaster Handicap (1967)
Toorak Handicap (1967)
Caulfield Cup (1967)
Azucar Purse (1968)
Australian Racing Hall of Fame (2003)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on April 12, 2010

Tobin Bronze (1962-1994) was an Australian Thoroughbred Hall of Fame racehorse who competed with great success during the 1960's.

A chestnut son of Arctic Explorer from the Masthead mare Amarco he proved to be a crowd favourite due to his stunning good looks and winning 24 of his 44 Australian race starts.

His record in weight for age races was impeccable starting 16 times for 12 wins, 3 seconds and 1 third.

This did not preclude him from also winning many races under handicap conditions with quality races such as the 1967 VATC Caulfield Cup carrying 9st 10lb (61.5kg) as well as the AJC Doncaster Handicap with 9st 5lb (59.5kg) amongst his great wins. An October 20, 2009 Sydney Morning Herald article ranked Tobin Bronze's win in the 1966 Cox Plate as one of the "Top 5 Cox Plate moments."[1]

Only the champion stayer Redcraze has ever carried more weight to victory in a Caulfield Cup.

After three seasons in Australia he was sold to American interests but not before winning his final race start in Australia the 1967 W.S. Cox Plate, much to the delight of the huge crowd that attended to bid him farewell.

He was moderately successful overseas where he won a further four times from 16 starts however he failed to properly adapt to the dirt tracks used in America. Racing in the United States for the first time, Tobin Bronze finished third in the Washington, D.C. International Stakes. [2] Sent to California to race in 1968, on March 2 Tobin Bronze won in his third start in the United States, capturing the Azucar Purse at Hollywood Park Racetrack. [3]

At stud, Tobin Bronze was the sire of fifteen stakes race winners including Trojan Bronze, the 1975 San Luis Rey Handicap winner, and Noble Bronze who won the 1978 California Derby.

Tobin Bronze died in California in 1994. Following its formation in 2000, Tobin Bronze was inducted in the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2003. [4]



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