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Schwarz stamps Group 1 credentials at Flemington

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On the last day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, it was three-year-old colt Schwarz that turned the heads of racing lovers, recording an impressive all-the-way win in the Listed Springtime Stakes.

Ridden by James McDonald and trained by John O’Shea, Schwarz jumped at even money in betting, and to the roars of the crowd, secured the valuable Listed win that sets up his future as a potential stallion of Victoria.

The colt was purchased from Widden’s Magic Millions Gold Coast draft for $1.25 million by the Rosemont-Breeding Alliance in partnership with Suman Hedge Bloodstock, David Redvers and Hannah Wall, and was a clear standout at the sale according to Rosemont’s Ryan McEvoy.

“Together, we felt that he was certainly the pick of the Zoustar colts at the sale,” McEvoy said.

“He was, and is, a gorgeous style of horse with a good brain and good movement. As the cliché goes, he ticked a lot of boxes, but the last few were that they need to be prepared well and need to have the ability.

“Thankfully, he’s seemingly got both of those.”

Debuting in his three-year-old season at Gosford on October 5, Schwarz has dealt with a few little issues across his career thus far, but patience looks to have paid off for all connections with his record now reading two wins from three starts, with over $140,000 in prize-money in the bank.

“He was a horse 12-months ago that was pegged by John (O’Shea) as a real special talent, and we have just had to deal with a few little niggles,” McEvoy said.

“This preparation was all about getting a foundation into him and setting him up for the autumn, but to now go for a let-up as a stakes winner, it’s a great thrill for everyone.

“We aren’t afraid of exposing him at the top-level next preparation, but what it looks like could be one that ends up going in a different direction than what was initially set out.”

Not only did the Rosemont Breeding Alliance taste success at Flemington, but earlier on in the Spring Carnival, boom entire Doull proved too strong in the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint, defeating subsequent stakes winners Spacewalk and General Beau.

Doull was a dominant debut winner in May of 2022 but struggled to re-capture that form across his three-year-old season. Now in the care of Annabel Neasham, Doull kicked off this preparation with a brave third placing in strong benchmark company at Rosehill prior to his last start victory on October 21.

“It was great to get a Group 2 win onto his resume being such an expensive yearling with a big pedigree,” McEvoy said.

“His first two-year-old rating from Daniel O’Sullivan was the highest rating for a colt his age for the season. Fireburn, She’s Extreme and Coolangatta, all fillies, were the only horses with a slightly higher rating.

“A few things didn’t quite go right in his three-year-old preparation, so it’s been a slow burn to get him back to this level now.”

Rosemont’s resident stallion Shamus Award has seen some good success of late, including victory from his three-year-old filly Roll On High in the Listed Desirable Stakes.

McEvoy said that Shamus Award suffered a slight lull last season due to a low number of three-year-old’s on the ground, but both numbers and quality will improve this season and onwards as seen with Roll On High.

“Shamus Award had a huge 2021/22 season with Incentivise, Duais and El Patroness winning Group 1 races, but probably just had a quiet six to 12-months post that, suffering a little from a small three-year-old crop,” McEvoy said.

“We are now seeing the emergence of the first Rosemont-conceived crop which are now three-year-old’s, including Roll On High and a nice filly called Quickster.

“I am confident we are about to see a lot of blue sky for Shamus with some good quality, big books since he’s been with us.”

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