Class test for I'm A Toff

 Impressive country debut winner I'm A Toff will clash with two other unbeaten three-year-olds in an intriguing Slavonic Handicap at Werribee on Wednesday.

The Danny O'Brien-trained colt started favourite when he won over 1207 metres at Geelong on November 10 but faces a much bigger challenge over 1415 metres at the Victoria Racing Club meeting.

"He's stepping up in class from a maiden up to a three-year-old metropolitan mid-week race so it will give us a guide on how he is going to progress this preparation," O'Brien's racing manager Aaron Corby said.

"There are a couple of others in the race that are one from one so you have to have respect that sort of form."

The Peter Moody-trained Super Gain and Adder Boy from the Jason Warren barn, both won their only starts at Donald and Casterton respectively.

Zivalee, who is prepared by Lee Freedman, adds depth to the race being a last start five-length winner at Mornington while Anavalanche, trained by Robert Smerdon, and Sirince, also from the Moody yard, are other country winners.

Corby said I'm A Toff was an improving type of horse and would be suited by the extra distance at Werribee.

"It was only a small winning margin at his only start but he raced like a horse who will improve with time and distance," Corby said.

"We will be very much guided by what he does at Werribee where we place him."

I'm A Toff is bred on a successful cross being by Pins from a Centaine mare.

The mix has worked well in the past with Caulfield Guineas winner Econsul, New Zealand Oaks and Kelt Capital Stakes winner Legs, and other stakes winners Crepe De Chine, Pin Up Boy and Pins 'N' Needles.

I'm A Toff's dam Snobbish only raced twice but is a sister to Slight Chance who won 12 races, six of them Group One events including the 1992 VRC Oaks and 1993 Queensland Oaks.

by Robert Windmill - AAP Racing

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