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Starcraft colt Hong Kong bound

The only Starcraft (Soviet Star) yearling in the Magic Million sale is heading to Hong Kong where the Rosemont Stud-based sire continues to prove successful, after being bought for $150,000 on Sunday.

Lot 910 Starcraft x Aurism colt (Magic Millions)

Catalogued as Lot 910 and purchased by Bridle Bloodstock’s Apollo Ng, the Magic Millions debut vendor, Victoria’s Tammy and Rod Notman’s Northmore Thoroughbreds-consigned colt is the ninth foal out of Aurism (Gold Fever), herself a winner of two races and the dam of four winners.

Northmore’s Tammy and Rodney Notman

“This colt is the only Starcraft colt in the sale, he has clean x-rays and I also like his walk and, most importantly, I reckon he’s got plenty of ability.

“He has a very high success rate in Hong Kong. There are a lot of top- liners and a lot of them can handle both Sha Tin and Happy Valley.

“Being the only Starcraft, we didn’t mind paying a bit of money for him.”

The colt will be sent to Muskoka Farm in New South Wales to be broken in before being sent to Hong Kong, with a decision on a trainer yet to be made.

Riverbank Farm lights up with a Gold Star

A wide trip did little to stop the Victorian bred favourite Gold Star (Redente) from coming out on tops in the S$75,000 Restricted maiden race over 1200 metres last night.

A flying third at his debut in a restricted maiden race over 1000 metres on December 2, the three-year-old by Riverbanks’s Farm stallion Redente (Redoute’s Choice) looked to have his work cut out when he coursed out three for most of the way.

But when jockey Michael Rodd set him alight at the 400m, there were no prizes for guessing where the thicker end of the prize- money was going.

Plotting the wide path right through into the straight, he unleashed a powerful turn of foot to collar Diamond King (Kuroshio) at the 250 metres before pulling away towards an easy length and a half win.

Rodd said that the Gold Stable-owned Victorian-bred looked a forlorn hope after such a torrid journey, but his class saw him through. “He did not have the best of runs as he was three deep the whole way. Normally he would be in trouble, but he’s a fit horse and he’s got class.”

Trainer Brown said he was expecting a good run from Gold Star following his promising debut.  “He’s probably a seven-furlong horse but we’ll take it quietly with him and see where it ends up.”

Sullivan’s broodmare band hits the boards at the MM

The windfall from a $20 punting plan has been transformed into a successful breeding business for popular former racing official and avid Victorian based breeder Julian Sullivan.

Jullian Sullivan (Twitter)

When an I Am Invincible colt (Lot 518) made $900,000 on Day 3 of the Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale it capped not only a remarkable recent run of success for Sullivan and his wife Julie but provided a connection to the mare that started it all.

Lot 518 I Am Invincible x Devoirs (Magic Millions)

“When we first got married, we had a large mortgage and I used to put $20 aside for betting and I built up a little bank. I built it up to nearly $20,000 and I bought Vital Curves (McGinty {NZ}) at a Ready To Run sale in New Zealand,” Sullivan said.

“That’s what started it all and it has certainly paid its way.”

Vital Curves won four races for the Sullivans and then produced six winners as a broodmare including Velasco (Flying Spur), another super broodmare that left five winners.

One of those winners was stakes winner Devoirs (Dehere {USA}), the dam of the $900,000 colt, who caught a significant pedigree update with the sensational recent win by full sister Jedastar at Flemington on January 1.

On Day 1 of the sale the Sullivans sold an $800,000 filly by Hinchinbrook (Lot 215) and a $200,000 filly (Lot 138) by I Am Invincible in partnership with Yarraman Park.

Sullivan, who was with Victoria Racing Club for 37 years, culminating in the CEO position, and also boss at the Western Australian Turf Club described the sale as “ecstatic” – the success well beyond our expectations.”

“We are delighted with these results and it’s fantastic because it enables us to re-invest in the (thoroughbred) industry and pursue our interest in the sport.”

Victorian vendors thrilled to fill the top 3 places with 100% sold

In a brilliant effort by the Victorian farms and breeders that travelled up to the Gold Coast, the leader board showing the three largest drafts at Magic Millions that sold every horse in the sale ring fall of the hammer and didn’t pass anything in were all Victorian.

Victorian’s that also achieved 100% sell rates after they were offered in the ring include Three Bridges Thoroughbreds.

Rosemont Stud only took home three yearlings out of an outstanding draft of 26 on offer, Ampulla sold two of their three including the impressive Charm Spirit colt out of Enchanted Melody for $250,000 to Beamish Bloodstock. A nice return for a $50,000 weanling.

Kulani Park had a good sale, only bringing one home from a strong draft of six, and Yulong just a pair from an admirable debut offering.

Rosemont after Group 1 NZ Glory

The Rosemont and Baster team will make the trip across the Tasman for True Excelsior (NZ) (Exceed And Excel) in this Saturday’s Group 1 JR & N Berkett Telegraph at Trentham.

The Leon and Troy Corstens-trained mare, who will wear the Rosemont Stud red and white Gatecrasher silks, arrived in New Zealand early on Sunday morning.

Baster has ridden True Excelsior in eight of her past nine starts and was happy to continue his association with the sprinter. She was third in the Group 3 Standish Handicap at Flemington at her most recent start to confirm the tilt at the Telegraph.

True Excelsior has won two of her 19 starts and has another eight placings while her only attempt at Group 1 level was a fourth in the Sangster Stakes for fillies and mares in Adelaide last May.

True Excelsior wins at The Valley (Racing Photos)

“It’s definitely a bit left-field, but she’s going well, and I think both her runs back have been super,” Baster said. “I think she deserves her chance.

“I ran fourth on her in the Group 1 in Adelaide and she had a hard run that day. She drew wide and I was four-wide the whole way, so I thought she did a really good job. Obviously, you like to support people who support you. Rosemont have been really good to me so I’m happy to go over there and try to get a Group 1 on the mare.”

Baster won the Group 3 Geelong Cup on Runaway (Manhattan Rain) for Rosemont during last year’s Victorian spring carnival.

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