What a Flemington Saturday it was for Anthony Mithen and the Rosemont Stud team.
Having just calmed down from the thrill of seeing Rosemont Stud sales graduate Prairie Fire win the opener at Flemington on Saturday, Anthony Mithen was up and about again after the Rosemont bred Rimraam (Commands) won the Group 3 Vanity Stakes.
“Timing is everything in this game and her win is a massive boost as we prepare her half-brother for the Premier sale,” Mithen said.
A dual stakes placegetter over 2000 metres in the spring, the Lindsay Park trained filly will head to the Group 2 Kewney Stakes at Flemington before being potentially going to the Group 1 Australasian Oaks in Adelaide and/or the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes in Sydney.
Rosemont Stud sold Rimraam to Shadwell Stud as a yearling for $340,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale,
“Rimraam certainly put the writing on the wall in the Spring, but maturity was going to be her key,” Mithen said.
“Although not the headline act, she was certainly very good in the Wakeful, and pretty good in the Oaks. She has benefited from a break and is now stronger and ready to handle a couple of Group 1 aims which is very exciting.”
She is out of the Singspiel mare Swansea (IRE) which Rosemont bought for $55,000 out of a Darley Reduction at the 2014 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale. In foal to Commands at the time, her page was relatively unimpressive.
But not long after Swansea’s Lonhro colt named Sweynesse would prove among the best of his age at three winning the Group 3 Spring Stakes and placing in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas and Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes.
Her eighth foal, a colt by Savabeel, will enter the ring for Rosemont at the upcoming Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.
“(Trainer) John O’Shea’s wife, Isabel is a 50/50 owner with us on the Savabeel colt, which is a good story in itself. They have been great mates of mine for over ten years,” Mithen said.
“We were high fiving when we sold her (Rimraam) for $340,000 to Shadwell, and we were high fiving again on Saturday after her win!”
“We have now moved the mare on, but we have retained her filly by Ocean Park to race, and of course, the Savabeel colt that we are excitedly presenting for sale at Premier.”
Hoofnote: Rosemont’s resident stallion Toorak Toff has been having a good run of late, with the four-year-old Speedy King a winner in Hong Kong on Sunday night. He was bred by Rosemont’s good clients Michael Christian and Siobhan Miller of Saconi Thoroughbreds.
And last Thursday the Toorak Toffs in the Rosemont colours took out a double with a couple of progressive three-year-old fillies winning at Pakenham.
“These Toorak Toff winners just keep coming; they are nice tractable horses that want to train on. He is stamping himself as a wonderful “bread and butter” stallion and as both fillies have nice pedigrees, they will certainly be joining our broodmare band in the future,” Mithen said.