Rosemont Stud’s Anthony Mithen is quick to respond to the question about the horse he rates as the standout of his draft of 18 at the Gold Coast Millions Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast.
With the most yearling’s offered by a Victorian operation, Mithen said anyone looking for a “big banger’’ on pedigree, looks and sire, will find it impossible to go past the stud’s I Am Invincible/Amanpour bay colt.
“He is the second foal out of a Group 1 Northern Meteor winning mare by the hottest stallion in the country and looks like a rocket ship,” Mithen said.
“He is probably the one that they are going to pull out of our draft and feel a bit special about looking at.
“He is really a nice horse and our other I Am Invincible is also a nice horse who is out of Heavenly Sound, a Street Boss mare and a close relation to High Chaparral. He is a lovely colt.”
Mithen, the principal of Rosemont Stud, said the common theme with the farm inspections of the yearlings has been that they’re the best bunch of horses that they have taken to the sales.
And hopes the experts are right.
He also expects a Written Tycoon colt, out of Girl Gone Rockin’, to attract lots of ticks in the sale catalogue.
Girl Gone Rockin’ won the 2013 VRC Matriarch Stakes in the Rosemont colours, but getting a foal out of her hasn’t been an easy task.
“This is our first live foal and we have had a bit of bad luck with paddock accidents with her progeny and things haven’t quite gone right for her,” Mithen said.
“So it has taken a little while to get her off the mark, but he is a lovely colt and hopefully he has been worth the wait as well.”
Mithen said Melbourne Cup winning trainer Danny O’Brien was quite taken by the colt during an inspection at the farm before Christmas. O’Brien also has a three year-old unraced Snitzel filly – Bleachers – out of Amanpour.
With so many yearlings on offer, Mithen said the hope was always the horses would take the two day travel to the Gold Coast in their stride and arrive injury free.
“It’s always a long process but the early signs are really positive with their inspections and it’s the best lot of x-ray results we have ever had as well,” he said.
Out of the 18 draft, Rosemont is only offering three fillies. A total of 15 yearlings are in book 1, while three are in book 2.
Mithen said the Exceed and Excel filly out of Caraveli was an “absolute Queen”, and they would offer more fillies in the Melbourne Premier and some at Easter.
“It’s just the way the cards fell really,’’ he said.
“In terms of the draft, our more forward horses just happened to be colts.”
Mithen said Rosemont had been thrilled with the performances of their horses sold at last year’s Gold Coast sale, including the Ciaron Maher/David Eustace trained Unstoppabelle which won on debut in Adelaide and then finished third up the Flemington straight just before Christmas.
While Mithen was hoping the filly was headed to the $2 million Magic Millions wo year-old classic on Saturday, the filly is expected to be Blue Diamond bound.
Another Rosemont Stud graduate, the Gerald Ryan trained Return With Honour is showing plenty of ability after winning on debut over 1100m on Boxing Day.
“It won its Hawksbury trail by six in super quick time and I spoke to him and said do we need a Return With Honour poster hanging out of the box he was sold out of last year. And he said I am not going to rush him now and I think he is a proper one and will go toward the Golden Slipper.
“While short term you would love him to be running in the Millions, long term we are all a bit excited.”
Mithen said an unnamed I Am Invincible filly out of Kemizengo and trained by Brent Stanley has won two trials by descent margins to suggest it’s a natural flying machine.
“Things are humming along nicely at our end and we are feeling the love a bit and feeling that we are on the right track with plenty of these horses and hopefully we can get a nice result,” he said.
“You build a reputation that way don’t you. People start to say they can bloody sell a horse Rosemont, they race a few and they offer their best stock at auction houses.
“We have three graduates of Group 1 winners in 2019 in Hey Doc, Santa Ana Lane and Mr Quickie. Three sales graduates from the one farm to be Group 1 winners this season is pretty significant.
“We go up there with a level of confidence I suppose.”
“If you improve you are going forward aren’t you and that’s the hope,” he said.
Mithen said overall 2019 was a big year for Rosemont but admits they would have liked to have seen their colours salute in a race or two over the carnival and were stiff in a couple of major events.
“You have got to have your turn sometimes and we probably have to be a bit patient and hope that the worm turns a little bit for us in the autumn sort of things,” he said.
ROSEMONT STUD DRAFT
Lot 32 – Bay colt: Hinchinbrook/Waterspell
Lot 49 – Chestnut colt: Sebring/Ygritte
Lot 79 – Chestnut colt: Zoustar/ Alpine Club (SAF)
Lot 80 – Bay colt: I Am Invincible/ Amanpour
Lot 101 – Bay colt: Starcraft (NZ)/Attilia (GER)
Lot 159 – Bay filly: Exceed and Excel/Caraveli
Lot 196 – Bay colt: Redoute’s Choice/Consistency
Lot 335 – Chestnut colt: Written Tycoon/Girl Gone Rockin’
Lot 356 – Bay or brown colt: Exceed and Excel/ Guapa (USA)
Lot 361 – Brown or grey colt: Starcraft (NZ)/Hannah Jane
Lot 371 – Bay or brown colt: I Am Invincible/Heavenly Sound (GB)
Lot 470 – Brown colt: Brazen Beau/Legal Mistress
Lot 620 – Bay filly: Astern/Parfaits
Lot 752 – Bay or brown colt: Star Witness/Shake That
Lot 863 – Chestnut filly: Choisir/The Fairy’s Kiss
Lot 1014 – Bay colt: Spirit of Boom/Yarranabbe
Lot 1035 – Bay or brown colt: Astern/Balmoral Baby
Lot 1042 – Chestnut colt: Starpangledbanner/Boogielicious