Lot 215 Maurice x Soft Hand (Image: Magic Millions / Rosemont Stud)
Rosemont Stud made an impact on day two of the Magic Millions Yearling Sale with Lot 215, the only progeny of Japanese sire Maurice in their 14-strong draft, selling to Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott for $600,000.
Bott cited the colt’s presence and maturity as two of the attributes which persuaded him and the first lady of Australian racing to part with their hard-earned cash as the spending spree continued on the Gold Coast.
Having already sold a Zousain filly to Mitch Freedman for $230,000 on the opening day, the significant sale price added another chapter to the highlights reel for Rosemont supremo Anthony Mithen and his hard-working team of staff.
“We’ve had some success in the past with Maurice, so we were keen to get this colt,” said Bott.
“He’s got a profile that should give him a bit of scope to get over a bit of ground in time, but the good thing is that with their class they can still be versatile enough to be racing at two, and can still have a presence in those nice juvenile races.
“He looks a particularly nice style of horse. He’s mature, he’s got that nice early foaling date and comes from a good, proven family. So there’s a lot to like about him, the stats on the stallion are very good and he looks a really nice individual.”
Over the coming days, Rosemont will be hoping to continue their momentum through the remainder of their draft which features three colts by their resident stallion Hanseatic, the precocious speed machine who covered 190 mares in his first season.
Freedman Racing, who formerly trained Hanseatic, paid $250,000 for Lot 402, a bay colt from the Sullivan Bloodstock draft.
Sherah Sullivan’s boutique operation enjoyed a particularly strong day, selling their fillies by Ole Kirk (Lot 220) and Snitzel (Lot 409) for a combined $450,000.