Toni Croon is Taking One Step at a Time

Toni Croon is taking it one step at a time with the recent addition to her Cambridge stable of a high-profile Australian-performed mare.
The regally-bred Platinum Passion was formerly in Melbourne with Michael Moroney and had had a couple of starts back in New Zealand from his Matamata stable before she transferred to Croon.
“She’s had foot problems and a few other issues and she’s a high maintenance horse who is better off in a smaller operation,” she said. “I’ve had her for about eight weeks now and just taken it slowly.”
The winner of four of her 19 starts and more than $265,000, Platinum Passion proved herself competitive at a high level across the Tasman and won three of her first seven starts before she finished runner-up to the ill-fated Gr.1 Cox Plate winner Pinker Pinker in the Gr.3 Matron Stakes at Flemington.
She also placed in the Gr.2 Sunline Vase at Moonee Valley and in the Listed Centaurea Stakes at Morphetville. Last spring the grey was a winner at Caulfield and also finished a brave fourth in the Gr.3 Coongy Handicap behind Foreteller.
“She’s actually won at 1200, 1400, 1600 and 2000 metres,” Croon said. “She’s a beautiful mare and a happy horse now and she’ll have a trial and if she comes through that well we’ll look around for a suitable race for her.”
A highly valuable future broodmare prospect, Platinum Passion is by the champion sire Redoute’s Choice and is out of the unraced Star Way mare Stella Artois, who is a half-sister to Gr.1 Melbourne Cup winner Brew and the Gr.2 Avondale Guineas winner Bubble with their mother the champion mare Horlicks.
Platinum Passion is a half-sister to seven winners, including Tusker who was prepared at Cambridge by Murray Baker to win the Gr.2 Championship Stakes, Awapuni Gold Cup and Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic. The daughter of Volksraad also finished runner-up in the Gr.1 Waikato International Stakes.