How’s this for a breeder? One you bred winning at Rosehill just fifteen minutes after one of your homebred fillies takes out a $180,000 race at Caulfield.
Oh, and you get the rest of the afternoon to celebrate a huge win to your beloved Tigers at the MCG!
That was Rosemont Stud principal Anthony Mithen’s Saturday.
The homebred filly was the Henry Dwyer trained Wild Flyer who took out the $180,000 VOBIS Gold Ingot for two-year-olds at Caulfield. Even more pleasingly for Mithen and Rosemont, she is a daughter of their resident sire Starcraft.
“That win was so satisfying, as it’s been a long-term investment emotionally and financially,” Mithen said.
“She seems to be one of those fillies that wants to win, wants to compete, and is thriving in the training environment.”
Meanwhile at Rosehill, it was the Chris Waller trained Huangshan, a product of Rosemont, who saluted. The maturing 3YO has won his past two starts indicating he is one the rise with much more to come.
Oh, not to be forgotten, Saturday’s Doomben winner Looks Like Elvis and the same day’s Morphettville winner Barbie’s Boy are both also products of Rosemont Stud. Some quaddie that makes it!
Mithen was particularly thrilled with Wild Flyer’s particularly as a result of the investment Rosemont had put into her breeding.
“We bought the dam Wild Mia in the USA, raced her there and then brought her back to Australia to breed. After slipping her first two foals, it was a worry, but we stuck with it and invested in our own stallion and sent her to Starcraft.
“We managed the pregnancy all the way through and here we are with a lovely filly that has won over $100,000 in one fell swoop!
“Wild Mia was Group 2 placed and won a stakes race for us. She even ran on Kentucky Derby Day, which was a great thrill as (Rosemont’s) Nigel (Austin) and his wife went over to cheer her on. So she has already given us a few highlights and now through her progeny there may be more to come.”
Trainer Henry Dwyer was ecstatic with the VOBIS Gold win. He has become quite the master at targeting these lucrative races having won the VOBIS Gold Rush at Bendigo with If Not Now When and the VOBIS Gold Strike at Warrnambool with Je Suis Tycoon.
“It’s brilliant prize money and a terrific scheme. She’s a homebred filly for Rosemont, who bought the mare in America, so it’s a terrific result for all concerned,” Dwyer said.
While spring racing plans are on the table, Mithen is still yet to decide on the filly’s next target.
“Plans are still undecided. Peter Moody will have a look at her tomorrow with Henry and decide on either a short freshen up and keep her going to possibly the 1000 Guineas, or tip her out and aim at the autumn,” Mithen said.
“We have built the system so she can come back to Rosemont for a week, and be treated like a princess and then head to the water walker, and be under our pre-training roof. We have those tool available to work out what suits her best.”
A Group 1 winner in four countries, Rosemont resident sire Starcraft covered 101 mares last season, showing that breeders are now finally starting to take note.
“Some looked at him as a failed NSW stallion that relocated to Victoria, but that wasn’t the case. I was keen on him and thought he would be a great fit for Victoria as a proven horse. He has had to keep proving himself with great stats off small crops, and impressive sales results,” Mithen said.
“And now with big numbers coming to him, everyone has wised up and his success will only continue to grow. With seven victors for the month, he can certainly get a winner, and he can get a sale result, selling a yearling for $360,000 at Classic this year.”
And, of course, Starcraft colts and geldings are prized items in Hong Kong. The Rosemont sire was among the Top 10 sires in Hong Kong racing this past season (as he was the previous season too).
Starcraft will stand at an unchanged fee of $8,800 at Rosemont Stud this year.