Mtoto

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Mtoto
SireBusted
GrandsireCrepello
DamAmazer
DamsireMincio
SexStallion
Foaled1 April 1983[1]
Died2011
CountryGreat Britain
ColourBay
BreederJohn L. Moore
OwnerAhmed Al Maktoum
TrainerAlec Stewart
Record10: 7-1-0
Earnings£833,638
Major wins
Brigadier Gerard Stakes (1987)
Prince of Wales's Stakes (1987, 1988)
Eclipse Stakes (1987, 1988)
Festival Stakes (1988)
K. George VI & Q. Elizabeth Stakes (1988)
Select Stakes (1988)
Last updated on 2 January 2008

Mtoto (1 April 1983 – 24 May 2011) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse. In a career which lasted from 1985 until 1988, he ran ten times and won seven races. He showed some promise as three-year-old in 1986, but emerged as a top-class horse in 1987 when he defeated The Derby winner Reference Point in the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown. In 1988, he was the dominant middle-distance horse in Britain, winning a second Eclipse Stakes and taking the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Background[edit]

Bred by John L. Moore, Mtoto was a bay horse with a white blaze. He was sired by the 1967 British Horse of the Year Busted out of the French mare Amazer.

Racing career[edit]

He recovered so well from the foot problems which dogged his early career that when he went to stud, he did so as the winner of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, and double winner of both the Eclipse Stakes and Prince of Wales's Stakes. He very nearly added the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe to this list too. Mtoto got off to a slow start on the track. By the end of his three-year-old campaign, he had won only once, and that was a small maiden race at Haydock Park. His first important success came as a four-year-old in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown Park. In his final year, 1988, he ended a previously unbeaten season with an unlucky, fast closing neck second to Tony Bin in the Arc. Jockey Michael Roberts was blamed by many for poor positioning in this final race, Mtoto rounding the home turn into a short straight behind a wall of horses, in one of the largest Arc fields ever assembled.

Stud career[edit]

Mtoto stood at Aston Upthorpe Stud at a fee of £18,000, where he sired Shaamit, Celeric, Serious Attitude and many other horses including Presenting, Arbatax and Maylane. He was retired from stud duties in 2006 and spent his retirement at Aston Upthorpe alongside Zilzal.[2] Mtoto is grandsire to the 2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Denman and 2011 Grand National winner Ballabriggs. On 24 May 2011 it was announced that Mtoto had died aged 28. Later taken as the name of a restored steam tractor (i.e. traction engine) built by John Fowler (Leeds).

Pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of Mtoto bay stallion 1983[1]
Sire
Busted (GB)
1963
Crepello (GB)
1954
Donatello Bleheim
Delleana
Crepuscule Mieuxce
Red Sunset
Sans le Sou (FR)
1957
Vimy Wild Risk
Mimi
Martial Loan Court Martial (horse)
Loan
Dam
Amazer (FR)
1967
Mincio (FR)
1957
Relic War Relic
Bridal Colours
Merise Le Pacha
Miraflore
Alzara (GB)
1961
Alycidon Donatello
Aurora
Zabara Persian Gulf
Samovar (Family 1-k)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mtoto pedigree". equineline.com. Retrieved 2015-01-30.
  2. ^ Steve Dennis (20 July 2009). "Playing to the gallery as the memories flood back". Racing Post.