Re-produced from G1x.com.au. By Mick Sharkie
For Rosemont Stud boss Anthony Mithen, readying the troops for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale is like preparing for a home ground Grand Final.
And given the form of daughter Lily Mithen, who plays for Melbourne in the inaugural AFL Women’s competition, the Rosemont family may well have two Grand Finals to celebrate in the next month.
“She’s going well so far and so is the team (Melbourne) so they’re a chance to be there at the end (of the season),” Mithen said.
“It’s been a really exciting month or so for our family with Lily and Melbourne playing well, Volkstock’n’barrell winning a group one in New Zealand, and now the Premier Sale. We just need the good form to continue.”
Added to that was the Group 2 win Hey Doc on the weekend at Flemington. Rosemont prepared the now 3yo gelding for the Inglis Premier Sale of 2015.
Given the strength of Rosemont’s 2017 Premier Sale draft, continuing that good run of form won’t be an issue.
The 30-horse draft is typical of the yearling spread that Rosemont puts on each season; tough, athletic horses, with a strong nod to proven colonial sires.
There are four yearlings by former resident stallion Starspangledbanner, a sire that continues to maintain a very strong stakes winners to runners ratio of 12.3% despite fertility problems during his career, including a highlight colt by the Sebring mare Splendid Eagle.
“Lot 265 is a ripper,” said Mithen.
“His dam is from that very strong Wedgetail Eagle dam line that has produced stakes winners like Eagle Way, Assertive Eagle, Impressive Eagle, and Soaressa. It’s a great family and we’re very hopeful that he’ll do well at Premier.”
Then there are three colts by Rosemont stallion Starcraft, a horse that is enjoying a serious resurgence in the last twelve months thanks to the deeds of stakes winning two-year-old Property and Hong Kong Group 3 winner Blizzard.
“The Starcrafts as a breed are just super tough and very reliable,” Mithen said.
“The two colts we’re taking to Premier are no exception. Obviously both are going to attract strong interest from Hong Kong buyers given how well they are going up there at the moment, but Property has certainly given his local stocks a fair old boost as well.”
Famed trainer Peter Moody has provided his assessment of the Rosemont Stud draft…