In what was a coming of age of sorts, Rosemont Stud sold seven from seven main session yearlings at the Magic Millions Gold Coast averaging more than $110,000 to ensure there were plenty of smiles at the Bundall sales complex for all involved.
In the hectic Saturday night session, where the beers were still flowing following a massive race day, Rosemont produced a gem of a filly for clients of Sheamus Mills Bloodstock. The Testa Rossa – Involve filly had been extremely popular all week and so it proved when she walked into the ring in front of a packed house. With bids flying through the $100,000 barrier, there was action aplenty with the powerful John O’Shea stable as well as local young gun trainer Tony Gollan getting amongst the bidding.
But it was left to the second most powerful buyer at the sale – Denise Martin’s Star Thoroughbreds – to lock horns with in form South Australian trainer Tony McEvoy. And things got interesting. While the smiles got broader on the Sheamus Mills Bloodstock dining table, the bids kept coming, with Tony McEvoy finally spending his last at $180,000, leaving Denis Martin to bid one last time and the filly was hers for $185,000. Pin-hooked for just $60,000 out of the Magic Millions weanling sale in June, it proved a bumper profit for the small team of owners.
It finished a feast of action on the Rosemont offerings, with another Sheamus Mills Bloodstock pinhook making a very tidy profit. The Myboycharlie – Repenting filly was snapped up for $160,000 to the successful bid of Duncan Ramage. It’s believed the filly has been bought by a new player on the Australian scene based in China.
While disappointed to miss out on the Testa Rossa filly, Tony McEvoy had a better time of it when buying the ripping Nicconi – Sobraine colt. Needing to hold his nerve all the way to $150,000, he successfully outbid Danny O’Brien to ensure he took at least one quality lot away from the Rosemont draft.
The Payla Bloodstock owned Not a Single Doubt – Atiya colt also had plenty of admirers and ended up being knocked down for $110,000 to Michael Freedman for one of his Singaporean-based clients. It’s understood that the strapping colt may start his racing life in Australia though, under the guidance of newly-arrived-to-Flemington trainer and Michael’s brother, Anthony Freedman.
The fun didn’t stop there for Team Rosemont though, with the stunning Tale of the Cat – Tejano’s Oasis colt falling to the bid of local Geelong trainer Jamie Edwards. Interestingly, this was the colt that the beautiful Francesca Cumani assessed as a “How To Buy a Yearling” guide for Channel 9’s coverage of the Jeep Magic Millions Raceday (see Rosemont’s YouTube Channel for the clip at rosemontstud).
Patience was required for the lovely Reset – Camellias colt and thankfully for all concerned that’s exactly what he will get, going to Paul Perry for $55,000. Paul bought the half sister by Stratum at last year’s sale from Rosemont as agent for Palya Bloodstock, giving everyone a hint that he must have some sort of opinion of the filly.
Paul obviously likes what he sees at Rosemont, as he also took home the lovely Dane Shadow – Royal Rainbow filly, paying $45,000.
That left a very tidy average of $110,700 for the team from Geelong in what has been Rosemont’s most successful Magic Millions sale yet. And just to leave on a high, the Fifth Session Written Tycoon – Strata Title filly ended up making $50,000, going to very smart young Gippsland trainer Shea Eden. The only disappointment came with the pass-in of the Court Command – Smooth Operator filly, although several parties are still negotiating on her.
The Rosemont crew now get busy on their biggest ever draft for the Inglis Melbourne Premier sale, offering 23 lots over the four day sale, with some genuine quality again set to prove very popular.