*story extracts from Aushorse and Thoroughbred Daily News AusNZ
Rosemont Stud has bred Group One winners, sold Group One winners and raced Group One winners.
However, until Saturday’s Channel 7 Queensland Derby victory via Mr Quickie, the Victorian operation hadn’t bred, sold and raced one and stood the sire as well!
Well, to be more specific – ‘will stand’ – is actually more accurate. In what can only be considered impeccable timing, Rosemont just recently secured the standing rights to Mr Quickie’s sire, Shamus Award, who won’t cover his first mare in Victoria until September.
Not surprisingly, Rosemont principal, Anthony Mithen, was ecstatic with Mr Quickie’s performance in the Derby, with the flashy 3YO unleashing a power packed finish to win by three quarters of a length with jockey Johnny Allen aboard.
Celebrations had to be momentarily muted however as connections of runner up, Vow And Declare, lodged a protest which was eventually dismissed.
Rosemont offered Mr Quickie at the 2017 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale where he was knocked down to Dalziel Racing for $115,000. Wisely, Rosemont kept a share and, thus, the Queensland Derby winner races in a combination of Rosemont’s increasingly familiar ‘Gatecrasher’ and the Dalziel silks of white and royal blue spots. Rosemont also own Mr Quickie’s dam, Special Favour (General Nediym), who was bought in foal with him in 2015 for $30,000.
Saturday’s victory was also a special milestone for syndicator, Wylie Dalziel. One of the hardest toilers in the industry, Dalziel has introduced hundreds to racehorse ownership in the last 20 years: firstly partnered with Roy Higgins and, following the death of the much loved Hall of Famer in 2014, he now calls upon former top trainer, Peter Moody, to help steer the ship.
Although Dalziel has come close in the past, Mr Quickie becomes the first Group One winner for his syndicates.
“We’ve come close a couple of times,” Dalziel recalls. “Bring Me The Maid was one of the last fillies I bought with Roy and she won a (Group Two) Magic Night before running third to Mossfun in the Golden Slipper, while Harlow Gold ran second in the VRC Oaks, fourth in Hey Doc’s Australian Guineas and third behind Montoya’s Secret in the Vinery.
(Somewhat ironically, both Hey Doc and Montoya’s Secret were Rosemont Stud sale graduates!)
The other aspect of the story is trainer Phillip Stokes, who secured his first Group 1 winner since moving to Victoria last year, and just the fourth top-flight winner of his career. He is also the first trainer to win a Group 1 from the new Pakenham hub, opened less than five years ago.
Dalziel has already been knocking back offers for Mr Quickie over the past few months, particularly from overseas. That will only intensify now he has won the Queensland Derby, with the past three winners of the race having been sold to Hong Kong. But he insists the gelding is not for sale.
“They (the owners) were adamant about not selling,” Dalziel adds. “For most it’s their first Group One victory and by the time you break it up into five, 10 and 20 percent shares, it probably doesn’t make that much of a difference to their lives.
“On the other hand, going to the races here in Australia and cheering on Mr Quickie is making a whole lot of difference!”
Mr Quickie, the third stakes winner and first Group 1 winner for his sire, will now head to the spelling paddock before returning in the spring where races such as the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and inaugural $7.5 million Golden Eagle all come into calculation.
A nifty 2YO who was placed in both the Maribyrnong Plate and VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes, Shamus Award ran a lip second in the Group Two Stutt Stakes and third in the Group One Caulfield Guineas when resuming at three. Shamus Award then led throughout to capture the 2013 Cox Plate in a thriller…and his first racetrack victory!
Shamus Award will stand at Rosemont Stud at a fee of $11,000 in 2019. There are 5 of his progeny for sale at the upcoming Inglis Great Southern Sale.