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When he started thumbing through the catalogue for the Goffs Breeding Stock Sale, held in Ireland last week on the 18th and 19th of November, Rosemont Stud’s Anthony Mithen didn’t expect to find a mare closely related to the all-conquering Redoute’s Choice.

Nor did he expect to be able to buy her for a paltry €23,000 – about $33,000.

But there she was, lot 1311 Movin’ Out, an Australian bred daughter of Encosta De Lago from Twyla, herself a daughter of the great Dancing Show, making her a half-sister to G1 winners and successful sire’s Umatilla and Hurricane Sky as well as Shantha’s Choice – the dam of Redoute’s Choice.

“To be able to buy a mare of her quality for that sort of money is amazing really, I have no idea why they (Godolphin) sent her to Ireland but thank goodness they did because I reckon she fell through the cracks a bit at Goffs,” said Mithen.

Movin’ Out is a story in her own right.

Bought by Darley Australia from Coolmore’s 2007 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale draft for a whopping $2.2 million, Movin’ Out won just one race, a Kembla Grange maiden, from her eight race starts before being retired to stud.

In Australia she produced the multiple city winners Transfers and Progressive, both by Street Cry, and the talented Promenades (Lonhro) which showed plenty of promise but succumbed to injury after just two starts.

Transferred to Ireland in 2013 to continue her breeding career, Movin’ Out has produced the unraced Shamardal colt Noble Jones, an unraced colt by Dubawi, and a filly by Invincible Spirit.
And now she is returning home to Australia.

“She’s done some travelling that’s for sure,” Mithen said.

“By the time I get her home to Rosemont she will have cost around $50,000 including transport and I reckon that’s a bit of a bargain given her pedigree. She’ll have a date with Nostradamus next season.”

And Movin’ Out wasn’t the only bargain buy with Australian links.

Mithen also landed Lot 1543 My Trust with Airlie Stud, a daughter of the brilliantly quick Australian Group 2 winner Alizes, the dam of the speedy Essaouira which is the dam of Group 1 winning colt Astern.

“I’ll be barracking hard to Astern in whatever he runs in during the autumn that’s for sure. She was a steal at 20,000,” Mithen said.

Mithen joins former trainer Peter Moody and prominent bloodstock player Paul Makin as Australia’s of note to have bought at European sales in the past week.

“The quality of pedigree that you can access there is amazing and a lot of the time they are very affordable,” he said.

“The fact that you get these beautifully bred mares with strong Australian pedigrees is a bonus.”

Purchases by Rosemont Stud at the Goffs Breeding Stock Sale:

  • Lot 1260 – Sparking View in foal to Pour Moi €17,000. A half-sister to Group 1 winner Profound Beauty
  • Lot 1272 – Palace Of Winds in foal to Mastercraftsman €30,000. A half-sister to US G1 winner Gorella
  • Lot 1311 – Movin’ Out €23,000. From the family of Redoute’s Choice, Umatilla, Hurricane Sky
  • Lot 1425 – Abyssinie in foal to Le Havre €180,000. A half-sister to Group 1 winners Artiste Royale, Aquarelliste, and former Bombora Downs sire Annenkov
  • Lot 1543 – My Trust in foal to Morpheus €20,000. Daughter of Group 2 Magic Night winner Alizes, dam of Essaouira the dam of Astern
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