After a very nervous start, the traditional racing industry party that is the January Magic Millions yearling sale proved to be very successful for Victorian-based Rosemont Stud.
With the pass in rate almost matching the sold rate in the first couple of hours of the sale, it was nervous times as the sale got underway on Wednesday. But with vendors readjusting and buyers growing in confidence, the sale hit its straps shortly after lunch on day one and never looked back.
Rosemont’s first lot was a Snitzel filly out of Meet My Sis making her a half-sister to G2 winner Schilling. A very racy, 2yo type of filly, she was not missed by the connections of last year’s Magic Millions 2yo winner Karuta Queen.
Last man standing when the hammer fell at $65,000 was Neville Layt on behalf of Glenn and Viive Williams who have had a spectacular 12 months with Karuta Queen.
Second day of the sale, bidding was keen on Rosemont’s Shamardal colt out of the winning Brahms mare Song of Destiny. The first foal from the mare, he looked a real runner and will go into the yard of the greatest trainer of them all, JB Cummings, after the master trainer “specked” the colt for $105,000. He knocked off one of Australia’s best veterinary judges in Tim Roberts, but Dr Roberts was not yet done with the Rosemont draft.
On Friday, the farm presented one of Northern Meteor’s best colts of the sale and no one was disappointed. In a spirited bidding war between champion trainer Peter Moody and Rosehill-based Greg McFarline, the Sydney-sider won out with a bid of $130,000. Advised by Dr Roberts, McFarline was delighted to finally beat Moody in a bidding duel having lost two other horses in the sale as under-bidder to Moody.
Closely related to Floral Pegasus, the colt was high on the lists of many buyers.
Later in the day, Rosemont sold the Stratum filly out of Camellias on behalf of Ed and Clark McKeon’s Palya Bloodstock. A broodmare purchase through Rosemont’s bloodstock division a couple of year’s ago for just $15,000, Camellia’s has proven to be a more than successful investment for Palya, with the gorgeous chestnut filly making $130,000 to the bid of Paul Perry.
The sale rounded out for Rosemont at Sunday’s 5th session with the sale of a sweet moving Written Tycoon filly out of Talkin About to Marc Connors for $27,000. The Stratum colt from Girl’s Rule was second lot through on Sunday morning, and with the “hangover rate” high and many still at home sleeping in, selling proved a little tough and the colt was retained when bidding failed to get to $40,000.
“We had a great sale and could not have been happier with the interest levels, inspections and more importantly the competition in the ring on nearly all of our horses. It’s great too that our great friends and clients the McKeons had such a great result with their filly. They were so excited, they bought straight back into the filly with Paul Perry!!” enthused Anthony Mithen from Rosemont.
“It’s a very exciting time at Rosemont with plenty to look forward to in 2012. It’s a nice way to start the year, and where better to sell a horse than January on the Gold Coast.”