Rosemont Stud is proud to preview their draft for the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale this January and Operations Manager Gerard Jones is looking forward to a very busy inspection period and a rewarding sale.
“With 26 yearlings in the catalogue, we are taking our biggest draft ever to the Gold Coast and have included horses of all levels to appeal to every sector of the wide buying bench that assembles at the first yearling sale of the new year,” Jones said.
“Their sales preparation is coming along well, and we are confident that they will present in perfect condition in January under the watchful eye of our yearling manager Karen Sinclair.”
“Taking such a large draft from Victoria to the Gold Coast is no easy task and while the pressure is on the team to make sure we get it right, we are a large farm now with a lot of quality stock. When you have been selling horses the quality of Santa Ana Lane, Thrillster, Hey Doc, Runaway, Prairie Fire and Fuhryk as we have done in recent years, then you know that the expectations of the market are only going to increase. That’s great for the farm and the team is well and truly up for the challenge.”
High on the list is the Written Tycoon colt from the winning High Chaparral mare High Above, catalogued as Lot 652. The colt is the second foal from the family of dual Group 1 winning Derby champion Prized Icon A fantastic type who Jones is sure will be popular with buyers, his half-brother by Smart Missile, sold for $125,000 at Melbourne Premier this year.
“The Written colt is a typical product of his sire. He’s medium-sized, very correct, a good walker and has a great temperament. He reminds me of the Written colt that Mill Park sold last year, a full brother to Booker. He has a Derby winner in his pedigree, but I think he will run early.”
Another feature of Rosemont’s draft is the introduction of the first yearlings presented for sale by Rosemont stallion Nostradamus. To be sold in Book 2, Rosemont has carefully selected a colt and a filly to headline his first crop at the season’s first sale and Jones is excited about what the season holds for the popular first season Victorian stallion.
“Nostra has left an outstanding first crop and after a long wait, it’s great to finally see his first yearlings go through the ring at the Gold Coast. Magic Millions were super impressed with all his stock when they came to see them, and we’ve picked out two fantastic types to kick him off here. All his foals have been athletic, balanced, great moving types – just like Nostra himself. These two are excellent examples of his stock that will sell well and hopefully set the tone for a successful first season selling in the ring,” Jones said.
“He has got so much going for him. He served 200 mares in his first two seasons, he’s been well supported by not only by Rosemont but also by breeding right holders, his foals and yearlings are all great types, he’s a son of Medaglia D’Oro who is no longer shuttling, he’s a half to Star Witness who has been so successful, and this spring he added Graff to his growing list of good horses. He has everything in place to succeed and we can’t wait to get started with him at this sale.”
As well as some quality colts, the Rosemont draft also features some outstanding fillies who are sure to attract strong appeal from buyers.
Pressed on his favourites from the draft, Jones nominated a few fillies – a Pierro filly out of Fastnet Rock mare I’m In Love, a Hinchinbrook filly out of Guapa and an I Am Invincible filly from Kemizengo.
“They are beautiful fillies – great movers with lovely natures. They have a lot of quality about them and I’m sure they are going to be very popular,” Jones said.
Catalogued as Lot 670, the Pierro filly is the first foal from her three-time winning mother hailing from a highly successful family of American black type winners. This is also the family of French Classic winner and sire Astronomer Royal.
The Hinchinbrook filly (Lot 636) is the second foal of the American mare Guapa, boasting a deep pedigree of American stakes winners. The family also features Group 1 winning siblings Assertive Lad and Assertive Lass, the dam of successful sire Reset. She is a homebred for Rosemont and follows on from her half-sister by Deep Field who sold on the Gold Coast last year to the winning bid of NSW trainer Matthew Smith for $160,000.
The I Am Invincible filly is out of the winning Redoute’s Choice mare Kemizengo (Lot 711) is a full sister to Master of Design from the family of Princess Tracy, the Irish mare who earned fame as the dam of Danasinga and Tracy’s Element, dam of Horse of the Year Typhoon Tracy and Queensland sire Red Element.
“The I Am Invincible fillies are flying with Oohood, Viddora, I Am a Star, Invincibella, Eckstein, Fiesta, Invincible Gem and Pure Elation,” Jones said.
“I saw the Kemizengo filly running around the paddock the other day and she looked like an early running type that you could throw a saddle on and win races tomorrow,” Jones said.
“With a horse there for everyone’s taste and everyone’s budget, we are confident that we have assembled an outstanding draft to present to the buying bench and we can’t wait to get to the Gold Coast and start parading.”