Above: Lot 334 – Frankel (GB) / Furnival (USA)
He was dubbed “Mitho’s Millions” after Rosemont Stud produced a stunning $1 million result at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
And the following day, Rosemont’s Anthony Mithen almost did it again when another colt from the stud’s draft went under the hammer for $975,000.
Both the colts are by I Am Invincible – the $1 million one is out Amanpour (Northern Meteor) and the “cheaper’’ one is out of Heavenly Sound (Street Cry).
So what are the chances of Rosemont getting another $1 million result with any of the 22 yearlings which will make their way up to Queensland in January?
Mithen describes a repeat as really hard.
“The market has changed, the world has changed since then and I wouldn’t be so bold as to be predicting that as I think we just have to see how this dust settles,” he said.
“It’s not going to shock me if that happens. Last year there was a bit of white knuckle fever and I got a bit dizzy when we sold that first one for a million.
“I was even more shocked the next day when we got $975,000.”
Ironically both colts quinallaed a 900m trial at Canterbury on December 15.
The million dollar horse – Journalism (I Am Invincible x Amanpour) defeated the $975,000 horse – Ghostwriter (I Am Invincible x Heavenly Sound) – by 1.3 lengths in the trial.
Journalism, trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, is unraced, while the Annabel Neasham trained Ghostwriter has had one start which he won over 1100m at Doomben in October.
Both colts are entered for the $2 million-dollar Magic Millions two-year-old classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on January 16.
Mithen said it was amazing that the two colts which were great mates that grew up together, were prepped together, sold a day apart and both nearly made the magical $1 million figure, would bob up in the same trial.
The Rosemont Stud boss had been on something of a reconnaissance mission recently when he ventured to the Hunter Valley to check out the opposition on the studs where he inspected a “heap” of horses.
“You can get up there and enjoy the week rather than just pounding pavement for days on end,” he said of the sale.
“We can get busy selling them.”
As for the 22 horses Rosemont is sending to the Gold Coast, Mithen said he was really pleased with what the stud will offer and says he thinks it’s the deepest draft of horses he has taken to the sale.
“You’ve always got you few stars in your draft and if you’ve got a couple of stars you are going okay but I reckon we run really deep this year with a good few that people will be pretty happy to put in their stable and race in their colours,” Mithen said.
“I wouldn’t say we’ve got a sale topper but we are long on quality and are taking some really nice horses up there and I’m quite excited.”
Mithen said there are some really interesting horses among the draft, including a Frankel colt out of Street Cry mare, Furnival, a half-sister to the mother of Kementari.
“He is certainly one that people are going to say gee whiz it’s a fair old pedigree and by arguably the best stallion in the world right now,” he said.
“And he is a beautiful horse to match. We’ve been around and I think there are a handful of Frankel’s in the sale and we have seen a couple of them now and I’m proudly biased, but I will put my bloke alongside any of them and say he is the better horse.
“He is a lovely type that I think people will be pretty keen on.”
A Rosemont colt by I Am Invincible, as well as a filly by the super sire are examples of what Mithen says people are getting used to when seeing the stallion’s progeny – they are good types.
“They are pretty all good types around the place and our two are no exception to that rule and they are beauties,” he said.
“We are a bit nervous about the Ygritte filly being the very last lot of Book 1 on Saturday night and I hope the buying bench hasn’t had too much to drink to stop them putting their hands up to buy.
“Anyway it’s a long day that Saturday and we have to make everyone wait to buy probably what is one of our star fillies.”
Another Rosemont yearling sure to attract some fierce bidding is a Redoute’s filly which is the half-sister to dual Group 1 winning mare Yankee Rose (All American x Condesaar).
“It makes her a bit of a rare jewel,” Mithen said.
“She is one of only 13 Redoute’s Choice fillies in the last crop before he passed on. She is rare in that form as well but she is a half-sister to Yankee Rose and the family of Isotope, a recent Stakes winner in Brisbane and then won the Listed Gold Edition Plate (1200m).
“She is a beautiful filly and a real collector’s item really for the owners and stud farms. It will be sad to part with her to be honest, but you have to balance the books and you have to be doing the right thing by the accountant and your racing desires.”
Mithen said Rosemont had a Starcraft filly out of Condesaar which they’ll commit to racing by selling the Redoute’s Choice filly.
“There is a bit of a silver lining there because we have a lovely filly by Starcraft out of the mare,” he said.
“We’ll muck around with the small fry and let the big-wigs race the Redoute’s Choice and that’s sort of how it works.”
Mithen is also proud of a Spirit of Boom filly out of Sugar Babe and a Deep Field colt out of Sarong.
He said a Hellbent filly out of Darcibelle (NZ) looks racy and forward and a real two-year-old type.
“We have a Pierro filly and a couple of Starspangledbanners which are nice,” Mithen said.
“There is a Starcaft (Book 2) in there which will appeal to the Asian trade market.
“We have a colt by Toronado (out of Sheen) and the stallion is going super. He is lovely colt who is a big leggy style of horse that looks like he’ll develop into probably more of a three-year-old type. He is a nice horse by the right stallion at the right time and timing is everything isn’t it?
“We are really proud and the team has done an unbelievable job and I think everyone is looking forward to getting off the farm and getting to a sale.
Rosemont has four yearlings in Book 2 – colts by Capitalist, Starcraft and Starspangledbanner and a filly by Tarzino.
“The Tarzino filly is a ripper and was bred over in New Zealand and we brought her over in the middle of the year and were wondering the ifs and buts and maybes of COVID-19 and thought let’s get our yearlings home and work it out from here,” Mithen said.
“But she is a really forward, strong sort of filly for Book 2 and I reckon people will be thinking they’ll be seeing a bit of a time horse and late three-year-old but I reckon she will get up and run.”
He said the Starspangledbanner colt out of Shake That would seal the deal for someone at a lesser level and pointed out the Gold Coast sale was great because it catered for all budgets.
“You just can’t not go to the sale because you can find a nice horse at fifty grand and one a $1.5 million and everywhere in between and hopefully we’ve got a few at both ends of the spectrum,” he said.
Mithen said Victoria Derby winning trainer Denis Pagan was a visitor to Rosemont in recent weeks and took special interest in a Tavistock colt out of Fidgette.
With Pagan’s Derby winner, Johnny Get Angry, being by Tavistock, Mithen said he had the feeling that it was love at first sight when the North Melbourne premiership coach inspected the colt.
And Mithen predicts plenty of interest in his So You Think colt.
“The So You Think colt out of Blonde Mafia, that cross – So You Think over Redoute’s Choice mares, has produced, I think, four Group 1 winners and it’s a bit of a magic cross,” he said.
“He is a lovely big strong colt and more a three-year-old type. He is a lovely horse to the eye and is a half to Titan Blinders (All Too Hard) and is doing a good job for us on the track.”
Mithen said it would be exciting to get the band back together on the Gold Coast.
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