The quality oozes out of Rosemont Stud’s draft at the Inglis Easter Sale this year. And that should be no surprise considering the major investment in their broodmare band over recent years.
And that could not be better demonstrated than the first yearling they will send through the Riverside ring. That lot 12 is a bay filly by Snitzel out of Rosemont’s $1.5 million Group 1 winning broodmare purchase Amanpour.
“We have embarked on purchasing and breeding a superior product, and have made a sizable investment over the last couple of years in our broodmare band,” Rosemont’s Anthony Mithen said.
“There are progeny in our draft out of mares that I purchased in the early days when I dreamt of bigger things…or there are top mares like Amanpour, that I paid $1.5 million for, that I really need to hit a home run with,” Mithen said.
“I admit there was a little fist pump after the Golden Slipper – the go-to reference point on what we should be breeding – as our draft has a yearling by of the sires of the top four placegetters. I even managed to get the right genders!”
Temporarily leaving the Slipper theme, Rosemont ‘s Lot 533 is a grey colt by Kendargent (FR) out of Goddess of Love (GB) who is a great representation of the International outlook at Rosemont.
“We have been regulars at the international breeding sales, adding to the profile of our mare collection, and the Kendargent colt is a horse that will catch the eye. Being a lovely mover he will be appreciated by the international buying bench the Easter sale attracts,” Mithen said
“I bought the Galileo mare, Goddess of Love in France in foal to Mastercraftsman, and by following International stallion trends, Kendargent has become a proven producer that has risen to the elite levels over the last couple of years. He may be the only yearling representing the sire in the Southern Hemisphere.”
Rosemont also has a well-grown bay Starspangledbanner filly out of the Sebring mare, Splendid Eagle offered as Lot 372. From a high-class female family, her dam is a three-quarter-sister to Derby winning Eagle Way, and a half sister to Assertive Eagle and Impressive Eagle.
“There is a little bit of Sebring in the filly, which may be the best blend from both stallions, being two precocious gallopers.”
“Starspangledbanner’s current crop of (Rosemont sired) two-year-olds are starting to come out, and while he may be a bit out of sight – out of mind, people will be reminded pretty quickly that he is a stallion of high-quality.”
“The sire’s recent stakes placegetter Thrillster, who we bred and still part own, will be heading to the upcoming rich VOBIS Gold raceday and is rated highly by his trainers”
Another yearling with a distinctly Rosemont flavour is Lot 147, the Tavistock (NZ) filly out of the Thorn Park mare, Galaktika (NZ), a half sister to Volkstok’n’Barrell who was the top 3YO male in NZ, and has won four Group 1 races in Rosemont’s red and white gatecrasher colours.
“He has been a flagship horse for us and this lovely moving filly is his three-quarter-sister. She will be a typical Easter classic style yearling, and has the Rosemont stamp all over her. We certainly won’t be giving her away, and the astute buyer will value her as highly as we do, as her breeder.”
“Galaktika is a mare that we sourced to add to our broodmare collection. Holding the record for the highest priced mare to go through the NZ Premier Breeding sale at the time, I threw in a cheeky $5000 before the hammer fell, to win the bid from Sir Patrick Hogan for $405,000.”
Mithen is also keen to point out his desire for the stud’s graduates to succeed for their new owners once they leave the auction ring and hit the race track.
“I will never pull on the tail of a horse I have bred; it’s the exact opposite, you will hear the echo of me cheering through the hills for them to achieve every success for the buyers that have supported Rosemont Stud at the sales,” Mithen exclaimed.