Friday night at The Valley marked the launch of the start of the VOBIS Gold Premier Race series, for the season and wasn’t it a truly spectacular affair with Rosemont’s homebred Iconoclasm stealing the show.
The last week for Rosemont has certainly been a spectacular one, with their homebred Runaway, winning the Group 3 Geelong Cup before their treasured homebred, Iconoclasm, winning the VOBIS Gold Star at The Valley.
On Friday night an elated Anthony Mithen couldn’t praise the VOBIS scheme enough, declaring that he originally had been thinking about sending Iconoclasm to the Group 2 Crystal Mile on Cox Plate Day but decided against it, due to the great bonuses that were on offer for the VOBIS Gold Star.
“It’s fantastic to be breeding a horse off the farm by our own stallion with our own mare, that we have had kicking around the farm for a few years, since we bought her. To produce a horse of that quality to win at Stakes level and to go on and get a big chunk of VOBIS Gold money, it’s awesome” Mithen said.
The VOBIS Gold Premier Race series features 18 races this season with over $4.45 million in prizemoney and bonuses on offer and given the prizemoney difference of only $20,000, between the VOBIS Gold Star and the Group 2 Crystal Mile, it is quite easy to see why Mithen chose this race for Iconoclasm to target.
The team at Rosemont are quite attached to their boy, who they have affectionately named Benson and have turned down offers from international buyers from Hong Kong for their star. The 4 year-old entire is a son of their stallion, Toorak Toff and from their mare Gold Lottey.
“He was Gold Lottey’s little boy and we fell in love with him and were getting offers, left, right and centre from Hong Kong, it was testing. Although he might even be able to return the money that was put on offer!” Mithen said.
It is safe to say that Benson has a lot of sentimental value for the team at Rosemont and they will be patiently waiting on Saturday to see if their homebred boy can fly the flag for the locals, when he lines up on Derby Day to tackle the $1 million, Group 1 Kennedy Mile.
Should Benson be successful in his quest to claim the Kennedy Mile, this Victorian-bred and owned son of Rosemont’s Toorak Toff will certainly shine in his success.