In an overdue victory for the Hawkes stable’s three-year-old Turquoise King (pictured below right), the 3yo broke through in fine style indicating much better wins are in store.
The son of Stratum is the third live foal from the Geiger Counter mare Girls Rule and was sold by Rosemont at the Magic Millions National sale in 2012. Bought by New Zealand Bloodstock and re-offered at their ready to run sale late last year, the colt fetched $150,000 and wound up back in Australia trained by Team Hawkes.
Unlucky at his first two starts, the strong bay could easily been unbeaten having gone down by a narrow margin at Geelong twice with a big space back to third, starting an odds-on favourite both times. Punters kept the faith, backing the Dwayne Dunn ridden colt into favouritism again and they reaped the rewards, with Turquoise King controlling the race from the front and skipping clear to win as he liked.
Later in the day, the Rosemont foaled, raised and reared filly Champagne Esprit – also branded with the Rosemont GA – put the runs on the board for the Darren Weir stable. The six year old mare made it five wins and almost $90,000 in prizemoney when winning the benchmark 70 under a perfect ride from Harry Coffey.
Rosemont’s Anthony Mithen remembers the filly well. “It doesn’t seem that long ago but boy Champagne Esprit shows just how far we’ve come. I was on foal watch that night and remember talking to her London-based owner Rachel De Gruchy at 3am in the morning in my gum boots in the freezing cold! It’s been a while since I’ve done that!” Mithen said.
“I think we foaled down around 18 mares that year. We will foal down 170 this year and thankfully there are a few more expert helping hands around the place!”
Rosemont will showcase their burgeoning business this Sunday at their Gnarwarre (near Geelong) stallion base, parading star stallions Toorak Toff, Starspangledbanner and evergreen Danzero from 10am.