The Rosemont Stud part owned and reared filly Thrillster (Starspangledbanner) is giving her breeders and connections quite the ride, with her win in the Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes at The Valley on Saturday being the latest instalment of the journey.
The win certainly places her among the best three-year-old fillies with a tilt at both the Golden Rose and Thousand Guineas a genuine consideration.
Anthony Mithen and the Rosemont Stud team have certainly got the thrills out of this filly. Apart from her recent important win, she has won the $280,000 VOBIS Gold Rush at Bendigo, the $310,000 VOBIS Sires 2YO race at Caulfield as well as two other black-type placings
“We are wrapped to be involved with this filly and are so happy to share the ride with Richard (Boyd) and Christine (Shaw) who bred her. It’s great when our loyal clients become our racing partners, and we build great friendships out of the experience,” Mithen said.
Owned by a large and passionate group of racing devotees, Thrillster was bred by Rosemont clients Richard and Christine. Unfortunately, on the first attempt at breeding to Starspangledbanner, their mare Heart of Thrills, lost her colt due to complications after birth.
However, showing the resilience of so many in this industry, Richard and Christine picked themselves up and went again, and the resultant super talented filly, Thrillster was born.
For commercial reasons, as traders and big cattle business owners, Richard asked Rosemont’s Anthony Mithen and bloodstock agent Dean Harvey to keep a lookout for a quick trade on the filly, with Mithen deciding to buy her outright.
“She grew out to become a lovely, uncomplicated athletic yearling, so when she was purchased at Melbourne’s Inglis Premier Yearling sale by Troy (Corstens), I was very happy to keep a leg,” Mithen said.
Corstens also kept a share in Thrillster, as did breeders Richard and Christine…they would also be joined by a group who purchased a donated share at a Brainwave charity auction. Meanwhile, Rosemont increased its ownership when a quarter was still available after she was broken in.
For all owners, that $60,000 purchase price pales into insignificance now compared to the filly’s current career earnings of $430,000 (let alone her future broodmare value).
Team Corstens is now considering a tilt at the Group 1 Golden Rose in Sydney in a fortnight before tackling the Group 1 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield, a track she’s already excelled at winning the VOBIS Gold Sires race as well as being placed in the Group 3 Quezette Stakes.
“We have been involved with Rosemont and Anthony and Nigel for a number of years now and they have been exceptional to deal with. We are just so excited that we all get to go to the races and enjoy the ride with a great group of people,” breeder and part-owner Richard Boyd said.
“It’s going to be an exciting few weeks whatever Troy decides. I would be happy if she stays close to home as she loves Caulfield. We can even get excited and have a crack at the big VOBIS money when she comes back for the Autumn,” Boyd said.
“Either way, it’s going to be a thrilling spring for all involved, as it looks like her best is still to come.”