Rosemont Stud’s Anthony Mithen and his family were certainly still well and truly on their high after the win of their beloved Tigers in the AFL Grand Final when they had reason for yet more celebration on Sunday.
After Sunday’s Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, Gnawarre’s Rosemont Stud can now claim four Group 1 successes this calendar year with horses born, raised or prepped for sale at the farm.
Montoya’s Secret, Hey Doc and Ruthven had already saluted at the highest level this year before Rosemont’s Inglis Premier Sale graduate Santa Ana Lane won the Group 1 Rupert Clarke at Caulfield.
Santa Ana Lane was bought as a foal at foot of the Fastnet Rock mare, Fast Fleet, by Melbourne-based breeder Dyson Hore-Lacy for the Toorak Toff Syndicate.
He was then raised on farm before being prepped to go to the 2014 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.
Mithen was thrilled with the weekend’s Group 1 win and remembers Santa Ana Lane as a colt fondly.
“He was a lovely horse, but Lope De Vega at the time was only just hanging in there, so the fact he was strongly built, very well balanced and athletic, he made good money at $80,000. He was cleverly purchased by Flemington Bloodstock Agency’s Justin Bahen and Troy Corstens.”
“Corstens has now picked up two Group 1 winners from the Rosemont drafts in two years, selecting Montoya’s Secret from the 2015 draft,” Mithen said.
Santa Ana Lane has now run in 16 races at Group or Listed level and, with five wins, including the Group 3 Zeditave Stakes, he has amassed $613,700 in prize money.
Santa Ana Lane is the only foal to race for winning Fastnet Rock (Danehill) mare Fast Fleet, who is a three-quarter sister to the Macau stakes-placed Strategy (Danehill) and a half-sister to Group 3 Waikato Guineas winner Blimey O’Reilly (O’Reilly) and Listed winner Flag Officer (Excites).
Still in the hands of Hore-Lacy, Fast Fleet is also the dam of a two-year-old filly by Kuroshio (Exceed And Excel), who was purchased from the Sun Stud draft at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale by Proven Thoroughbreds and Steven O’Dea Racing for $60,000. She also has a yearling filly by Toorak Toff (Show A Heart).
With the two huge racing and football wins on Saturday and Sunday, Mithen could not be anything but upbeat about the future.
“It was a good weekend for us (Rosemont). Toorak Toff, had another winner at the Mornington city meeting, Toorak Cowboy, that we bred and sold. He is just getting winner after winner so I’m sure his headline horse will come out in the spring or autumn,” Mithen said.
“Medaglia d’Oro’s son Nostradamus’s foals are flying, all the stud masters are wrapped with them, and he is stamping stock very well. He has had good books and great support from the breeding right holders who are some of the best breeders in the country.”
“It’s been a great season so far, with well over 60 foals on the farm. Starcraft will cover over 100 mares this season with the successful “toss the boss” promotion and he had another standout in Hong Kong winner last night with Jing Jing Win, who will hopefully be aimed at the Hong Kong Derby.”