Rosemont Stud proprietor Anthony Mithen has been eagerly awaiting the Melbourne Premier Sales after the great success at the Gold Coast in January.
Mithen said he learnt a lot from last year’s sale, and this time around a lot of hours, effort, thought and process had gone into what he describes as easily Rosemont’s best draft of yearlings at a Melbourne Premier sale.
And it’s also the Gnarwarre studs biggest draft, a total of 32 yearlings, comprising 23 in the premier session and nine in the showcase session.
“Last year we left with not quite the results we had hoped for, we probably didn’t have the right level of stock but we have rectified that this year and have pieced together a group of horses that we really think suits this sale,” he said.
“They are nice types with good, honest pedigrees and by a variety of proven as well as emerging stallions and I’m really proud of the team effort to put it together. Karen Sinclair, who is our yearling manager, has put her heart and soul into this draft to perhaps put our name in lights where it should be in Melbourne, as one of the bigger farms in town.
“I think we have got the largest draft and if the ship was a bit wobbly last year, I reckon we have righted it and I am excited to showcase this year.”
Mithen said the on-farm parades had gone well and been encouraging from the people who had ventured down to the farm to inspect the yearlings.
After getting a $1 million and $975,000 sale at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale last month for two by I Am Invincible, Mithen said they got the job done on the Gold Coast and hopefully they’ve got what the market is looking for in Melbourne.
“We elected not to go to Classic this year and really focused on making Melbourne as good a draft as it could be but we still have a small draft for Easter and those horses deserve to be there, too, given their pedigrees and type,’’ he said.
“It is a long time process that takes months, if not years, in preparation to get there and you have to hold your nerve and line and go the way you want to go. I held back a couple of colts that could have well stood up alongside our horses at Magic Millions but we really wanted to showcase some topliners in Melbourne and we are going to prove to people that’s what we have done.”
Asked whether he’d expect to get the same money at Melbourne for some of his yearlings as he did on the Gold Coast, Mithen said: “I am buoyed with last year’s Brazen Beau phenomenon where the second season sold better than the first season at Melbourne.
“And there were some ridiculous results but they were nice horses and the market will find the nice horse no matter where you sell it as long as you present it well and you are honest about what you are doing and you have got a good reputation for selling not just winners but top class horses.
“And I’d like to think that we are ticking a few of those boxes.”
Mithen has high hopes for a Capitalist colt, out of Karalli, which he believes will attract plenty of attention at next week’s sale.
He said the VOBIS qualified chestnut colt would not have been out of place in any sale, including Magic Millions, but he had been deliberately targeted, as a booming Capitalist colt, for the Melbourne market.
“I think people will find him readily and like him and he is out of Karalli and the mare has had a couple of winners, one in South Africa, and she has been a little but unlucky with her Zoustar filly who was sold for a lot of money on the Gold Coast,’’ he said.
“The filly finished up with injury issues and paddock accidents and she was a $400,000 yearling. And I think he will be the one where people will be looking at me and saying what have we got here with this colt.”
And Mithen names three fillies in the draft that he believes will come under plenty of watchful eyes.
While he says other people at the farm might like other fillies, he is keen to talk-up a Starspangledbanner filly out of Newstar Lass.
“And the Pride of Dubai/Olympic Dream is a real queen and has gone on in the past couple of months to be a really impressive individual,” Mithen said.
“The stallion is doing a really good job.
“And the So You Think filly out of Movin’ Out is a big family, a Redoute’s Choice family on the dam side and it’s an Encosta (de Lago) mare.
“So You Think is doing an underrated job and if you look through his stats he should be knocking the lights out in the sale ring but they are still viable for the market but I am not sure for how much longer.
“And this filly has got the biggest girth I have ever seen on a yearling for her age. It’s quite freaky and a lot of yearling inspectors start with the girth because no girth, no horses as you need the capacity for a big set of lungs and a big heart. A lot of people who swear by that will fall in love with her.”
Mithen said he also had a lovely Brazen Beau filly out of a Pivotal (GB) mare, Noblest (GB).
As far as his colts go, Mithen also likes the Teofilo (IRE) bay out of Zanova (NZ) and Rosemont’s other So You Think out of Haraka Sana which has a good pedigree.
“There is a real variety of stallions and probably a variety of budgets as well.” Mithen said.
“With our strike rate for producing winners and nice horses, last year we had three Group 1 winners come out of our drafts in the sales and we have already had three stakes place getters out of last year’s crops. If buyers are looking to go to a proven farm that has had proven success, come and visit us in Barn D and I’m sure there is something there for your budget and taste.”’
Mithen said he was also happy with his horses in the showcase session and predicts buyers will find plenty of nice yearlings.
“We will be filling in that middle market really nicely with a couple of chances to go a bit better than that,” Mithen said.
To view Rosemont Stud’s full draft, click here.