Tofane

Tofane and Craig Williams following the Stradbroke Handicap (Image: Grant Peters/Trackside Photography)

Tofane tuned for Memsie

Tofane won the final Group 1 race in Australia last season and will strive to win Melbourne's opening top-level contest at Caulfield when she resumes later this month.

Trainer Michael Moroney confirmed on Monday that the three-time G1-winning mare is being prepared for the $750,000 Memsie Stakes (1400m) on August 28.

Craig Williams rode Tofane in an 800-metre straight-course-proper jumpout at Flemington on Monday morning, with the daughter of Ocean Park finishing fourth of five runners in the heat won by the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Diamondesque in 47.96 seconds.

Tofane was given an easy time by Williams, crossing the line alongside Saturday's probable $160,000 Listed Regal Roller Stakes (1200m) acceptors Crosshaven and Best Of Days.

"She trialled really well, she was a bit on the fresh side," Moroney said.

"Craig (Williams) had a lot of trouble trying to slow her down, and it didn't look a quick heat to the eye but she appeared to be doing it easily the whole way and he never really moved on her." 

Moroney said Tofane will appear at the Flemington jumpouts again prior to the Memsie, where she'll be striving for a third-consecutive G1 win.

"She should be ready to run the 1400 metres of the Memsie all going well, we are backing the fact she is taking residual fitness off a pretty short campaign of only four starts in the autumn and winter," Moroney said.

"We have planned on the Makybe Diva being the second-up run, as long as we are happy with what we see in the Memsie."

Tofane's first run beyond 1400m in the $750,000 G1 PFD Food Services Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) on September 11 will determine whether connections continue towards the $5m G1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) on October 23 or return to sprinting distances.

"She has finally got mature and finished growing and is putting muscle and meat on now," Moroney said.

"Just on the scales, she has put on a nice amount with the brief break she had, which is a good sign. She is one that never used to do that well in the paddock.

"We have got to remember that she is pretty lightly raced still. She is an older mare now, but she has been given a chance to get longevity out of the fact that she didn't start racing until she was a late three-year-old."

Tofane has raced 22 times for seven wins, ending last season with G1 victories over 1400m at Eagle Farm in the Stradbroke Handicap and Tattersall's Tiara with Williams aboard during June. Her other G1 success also came over 1400m in last year's All Aged Stakes at Randwick.