Lonhro gelding Millennium’s Rule made a lasting impression on jockey Vlad Duric at Kranji on Friday.

Bred and sold by Burnewang North Pastoral, he had to work hard in front but still had a full head of steam at the finish of a 1400m sprint on turf.

“He settled beautifully and went super in the end,” trainer Stephen Gray said.

“He ran a good second at his first race, and going over 1400m was the right step.  I think he will be even better over more ground.

“Vlad has a high opinion of him and said he could even win at Flemington.”

Gray paid $150,000 for Millennium’s Rule at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale on behalf of Paul Hickman’s St George Stable.  He was equal top-priced among 18 yearlings Cathy Hains and the Burnewang North team took to Oaklands.

“He’s a beautiful horse and showed maturity in the last 100 yards tonight,” Duric said.  “He’s has a lot going for him and should go through his grades for sure.”

His Irish-bred dam Maree Basse (Royal Applause) was raced by Baron Edouard de Rothschild for two wins at Deauville and a stakes placing at Saint-Cloud.  Hains bought her for $170,000 at the 2009 Keeneland November Bloodstock Sale.

Burnewang North sold a Sepoy – Maree Basse filly for $100,000 at last year’s Gold Coast Magic Millions.  Named Separee, she won a Cranbourne juvenile trial for Robbie Griffiths in March.

There are a dozen premium foals among Burnewang North’s draft for the upcoming Inglis Great Southern Sale at Oaklands.  Its More Than Ready half-brother to G2 The Shorts (1100m) winner Pampelonne starts proceedings as Lot 1 on Sunday, June 19.

Irish-based Equiano sprinter Blood Moon is ready for another black-type contest after winning the feature event at Fairyhouse on Thursday.

Blood Moon (pictured in blinkers) disputed the lead with Sheikh Hamdan’s colt Munshid and then dropped the favourite for an authoritative victory in the Coral Rated Race (1200m).  He was down in class after a respectable sixth behind Group 1 colt Washington DC in the LR Coolmore Stud Power Stakes at Navan last month.

“He’s grown into a fine big horse but is as lazy as sin at home,” trainer Ger Lyons revealed.  “He was in front plenty long enough and then capitalised.  He can win a Listed race as long as the big boys stay away.”

Blood Moon (3g Equiano – First Eclipse by Fayruz) had beaten Washington DC on debut at Dundalk in April last year and was Group 3 placed in the Curragh Stakes in August.  “I’ve always thought he was a stakes horse,” Lyons said.  “But he was rushing his races and we had to teach him to go through the gears.”

He cost Lyons 28,000 euros (AUD 44,605) at the 2014 Tattersalls Ireland September yearling sale and is a half-brother to Listed winner Agony And Ecstasy (Captain Rio).

Equiano (Fr) shuttles from Newsells Park to Swettenham Stud and is developing into a high-volume winner-getter in both hemispheres.  He leads all third-season sires in Great Britain this year with the winners of 22 races from Arcano (20) and Zebedee (19).

He is also a Top 10 sire in the 3YO division in Australia with a 56% winning strike-rate.

Equiano colt Sky Muster added to his sire’s tally of 2YO winners with a debut victory at Geelong on Tuesday.  Trained by Team Hawkes for Top End pastoralist Viv Oldfield, he was a $100,000 buy from Swettenham’s consignment at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Jockey Darren Gauci positioned him on the pace in the Roderick Insurance Brokers Maiden (1000m) and then scooted clear at the top of the straight.  “He jumped a bit awkwardly but within a couple of strides was sitting outside the leader,” Gauci reported.  “He started looking around when he got to the front and it felt like he wants further.”

Sky Muster is bred to get over more ground.  His dam Lanesborough (Redoute’s Choice) is a three-quarter sister to Swettenham’s G1 Victoria Derby winner Blackfriars.

Swettenham Stud stands Equiano for a $13,750 (inc gst) service fee.

With a new horse on the roster, an emerging talent and a warhorse that keeps knocking out high quality winners, Victoria’s Rosemont is well placed to have a strong breeding season 2016.

Nostradamus comes to the farm as an extremely well-credentialed first season stallion and will stand for the “must-use” price of $8,800.

“We have agonised over his first season price. There is no doubt he deserves to stand for plenty more, but we look at this as a real opportunity for local Victorian breeders to make a no-brainer call and at least send one mare” said Rosemont’s Anthony Mithen.

A $500,000 yearling son of the white-hot Medaglia D’Oro, half brother to young gun stallion Star Witness and multiple Group winner with explosive speed, Nostradamus will be one of few stand-out first season stallions in Victoria this season.

“The pleasing thing about this horse is that he has strong 2yo form – he was actually a Golden Slipper favourite after his Flemington win on debut – and trained on to win Group races at ages 3 and 4 so breeders can have confidence they are breeding with a tough, unbelievably good looking, speed horse,” Mithen said.

With some of Victoria’s best breeding farms securing breeding rights in the horse including Musk Creek Farm, Glentree, Princeton Thoroughbred Stud, Dorrington Farm, Saconi Thoroughbreds, Two Bays Farm, Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, Hollylodge Thoroughbreds and Oakford Thoroughbreds among others, the horse is assured a great start to his career in the breeding barn.

The Rosemont/Nostradamus Syndicate purchased seven quality broodmares at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale including the Group 1 placed Perfect Drop (by Quest for Fame).

“He will get awesome support. It should really set him up to be a chance to mirror horses like I Am Invincible, Not a Single Doubt and Written Tycoon. None of those horses won Group 1s but have returned great dividends to breeders and been superbly successful at stud.

“Pedigree takes you a long way in this game and he is just about the best bred horse anywhere in Australia going to stud this year.”

Toorak Toff

Toorak Toff

Rosemont have also announced fees for the emerging young stallion and multiple Group 1 winner Toorak Toff. He will stand at $8,800 on the back of some encouraging performances from his first crop 2yos.

“He hasn’t yet had 10 runners, but he has had a winner and place getters in 100k and 70k races and there isn’t a trainer with one that isn’t excited about what the progeny will do at 3,” Mithen said.

His second crop yearlings sold up to $95,000 which is a substantial return for breeders off this year’s fee of $8,800.

Starcraft Conformation

Starcraft (NZ)

Starcraft will once again be based at Rosemont and a price drop to $6,600 should see the five-time Group 1 winner be extremely busy.

“He is priced at the breed to race market, but his commercial returns are staggering. And no wonder given he churns out winner after winner. Barely a day goes by without a Starcraft winning somewhere.

“He had the sale topper in Hong Kong at their recent yearly sale at $1.5million and sold multiple yearlings for $130,000 in the domestic market. You could breed a mare with your eyes shut and make money at this price. We will once again be supporting him with some lovely farm-owned mares,” Mithen said.