In 2007, Rosemont Stud burst onto the yearling scene in a big way. With a small but quality draft for the Melbourne Premier sale, the fledgling stud set up shop along the “Hollywood Boulevarde” of Oaklands junction – the famous Barn D row.
Mixing with the big boys of Yallambee and Chatswood Stud, the Rosemont marquee was a constant hive of activity, with general manager and media man Anthony Mithen running the show.
“It was great fun. To get into the spirit of things and ‘neighbor’ a couple of iconic Victorian farms was a real buzz. We were busier than a one-armed windmill but we got the results – and that was the main thing,” Mithen said, post sale.
The results he was talking of were the fact that the farm was fourth on the list of vendor average, having sold a cracking Commands filly for $200,000.
“She out-sold her pedigree significantly, but she was such a ripper sort that we were able to prep up really well. She walked like a supermodel by the time we got her to sale which helped a lot. She got plenty of chances to show off her swagger. I reckon by the end of the week she had been pulled out of her box 150 times!” Mithen said.
The happy buyer in the end was Rick Worthington from NSW. He was the trainer of the very fast War of the Worlds that Worthington traded onto Hong Kong with great success.
Also by Commands, Worthington saw plenty of similarities between between the Pipeline Miss filly and War of the Worlds.
Rosemont was also able to get a very nice result with their Viscount filly ex-Bright Time, going to Gippland on the bid of $50,000, while their Elusive Quality ex-Gliding Light filly was passed in at $90,000 but is believed to be retained partly by the breeder and set to be offered in a partnership valuing her at $100,000.
Another passed in lot, the colt by Dash for Cash ex-Soo was bought by the breaker, such was his impressive attitude and action.
“I always believe that horses that are properly prepared at a yearling sale have a better chance later in life of doing what they are bred to do – win races. It starts at such a young age with racehorses and we believe the time and effort we put into our horses at the foal stage, keeps paying you dividends all the way to the races,” Mithen said.
Rosemont will have a draft of up to 10 horses at Melbourne Premier 2008 and is sure to be again attracting its fair share of interest along “Hollywood Boulevarde” this coming March.