Above: Lot 361 Street Boss x Spirit of Carbine colt
Rosemont stud is based on the beautiful Barwon river and the brand has quickly established itself as one of the premier studs in Victoria. With the well-known red and white ‘rampant lion’ colours that has frequently featured in the winner’s circle, Rosemont can take credit for some outstanding Group 1 success of horses they consigned at the yearling sales including Mr Quickie, Santa Ana Lane and Hey Doc to name a few. In addition, their stallions have been making headlines with Starspangledbanner claiming titles both in Australia and overseas. Ryan McEvoy Rosemont’s General Manager of bloodstock has highlighted a few yearlings going through the ring at Melbourne Premier that he believes could be future champions.
Lot 61 is the first yearling through the ring for Rosemont Stud and one that has impressed the team. ‘We have a nice Deep Field filly out of a mare called Dineeta. She is a forward strong, mature filly with great athleticism. This filly has impressed us and has thrived in the preparation and we believe it won’t take long until she reached the track.’
In terms of pedigree Lot 136 is of particular interest. ‘The Zoustar colt out of the mare Leica Forward has a lovely pedigree. He is bred on the same cross as Sunlight being a Zoustar out of a Charge Forward mare. He has a nice profile and will grow into a beautiful three-year-old.’
A stand-out yearling from the Rosemont draft is Lot 361, a son of Street Boss out of the Danehill Dancer mare, Spirit of Carbine. The dam is half-sister to multiple Stakes winner Pampelonne which includes the Group 2 The Shorts to his credentials. ‘The Street Boss colt is a lovely horse. Really sharp with good substance to him and natural muscle. A quality horse. He’s out of a Danehill Dancer mare – the same cross as Rapper Dragon who has been a star in Hong Kong.’
Another yearling that Ryan has highlighted in the draft is Lot 460. A So You Think Colt out of the Danehill Dancer mare, Abyssinie. ‘The So You Think colt is a lovely athletic and mature horse. He has a great outlook and a lovely profile. He will be a well-found colt in the draft.’
Out of the sire who is close to Rosemont’s hearts is Lot 429, a son of Starspangledbanner out of Wangaala. ‘He is a lovely style of horse, very mature and intelligent. The colt moves very well with a good stride and good walk and everything you want to see. He looks like he won’t take long to get going ’
Ryan remarks the success that the Rosemont stallion has been having both in Australia and oversea. ‘Physically Starspangledbanner is a great looking stallion and one that is very close to our heart. He has been a popular stallion for a number of years and is of course the sire of two Group One winning 2-Year-Old’s in Europe. He has proved to be a great source of speed, precocity’
Lot 577 is another highlight of the draft, a Hellbent colt who is the first foal out of the Stakes winning American mare, Debbie’s Tude. ‘He is a good style of horse, strong, mature and very typical of what you would expect of a Hellbent. We expect him to popular at the sale.’
Rosemont Stud will be offering four lots from the in-demand sire, Toronado. The sire’s top lot at this year’s Magic Millions was knocked down for $220,000 and purchased by Alexander Racing. ‘We also have a good lot of Toronado colts in particular offered in the draft. He is a stallion that is going the right way and had a good results this month with two new Stakes winners.’
By the Rosemont’s popular stallion Starcraft, there are two colts on offer in the draft (Lot 378 and Lot 495). ‘We are also pleased with our Starcraft colts that are really nice, good strong forward yearlings and we expect them to be well found – particularly with an eye to Hong Kong given the sire’s success in that jurisdiction.’
Rosemont stud are delighted with the draft that they will be offering at Melbourne Premier and are looking forward to attending the sale with their impressive draft of twenty-six yearlings. ‘Overall, we have a very even, albeit strong draft which has a good depth to it. We feel we have selected the right style of horses to come to this particular sale.’
The 2021 Magic Millions saw the launch of Victoria Alliance who were out in force to source high quality colts who will later become a great stallion prospect in Victoria. Ryan, who along with Rosemont principal Anthony Mithen developed the idea, explains that their presence will also be seen at Melbourne Premier and the Easter sale. ‘We have been excited to launch the Victoria Alliance. We have spent since midway through 2020 establishing the idea so it is great to see it materialised. It was always our plan to launch initially at Magic Millions followed by the Melbourne Premier and the Easter Sale.’
Rosemont have long been supporters of the VOBIS scheme and have benefitted from the riches of the scheme. ‘We were recently talking to John McCardle who mentioned a race he received the VOBIS bonuses with over 100% increase in the initial prizemoney. It is unbelievable the benefits that VOBIS offers to the Victorian Thoroughbred Industry. From a Rosemont point of view, we can’t speak more highly of the VOBIS scheme.’
The strength of the market has been unbelievable following the turbulent year that 2020 threw at us. Ryan explains that there is confidence for Melbourne Premier as the Inglis Classic Sale where records were hit has so often been a benchmark for Premier. ‘We have seen the strength of the Gold Coast, Sydney Classic and New Zealand Bloodstock did an incredible job with their sale. Based on that you would expect that Melbourne Premier will be just as strong. Previously the sale has been a great source of high-class horses and expect this year will prove nothing less.’
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