Rosemont Stud owner Anthony Mithen bought 15 mares for a total spend of $4.37 million at the Magic Millions National Sale last week.

Mithen boosted his broodmare portfolio at Gnarwarre in conjunction with Blue Sky Bloodstock’s Julian Blaxland.

Heading the shopping list was the Gai Waterhouse trained G1 Queen of the Turf Stakes winner Amanpour (Northern Meteor) for $1.50 million.  “We were pretty close to the knockout blow,” Mithen said after outlasting Segenhoe Stud.  “It was nice that we were the last one standing.”

Rosemont will also send Amanpour’s winning three-quarter sister Swing Sensation (Northern Meteor) back to Waterhouse.  “They’re blue-chip purchases,” Mithen reasoned.  “One is a Group 1 winner and the other is a three-quarter sister to the Group 1 winner.

“Gai has done a great job, she knows how the family works so why change?  We will have a great 12 months racing them and an even better time at the farm – they will nick really well with Starspangledbanner.”

Amanpour was a late-entry by Gooree Stud after the death of the younger brother to Edwardo Cojuangco.  Other high-priced buys heading to Rosemont were Ygritte (Snitzel) for $800,000 and Tahni Dancer (Sebring) for $600,000.

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