A maiden first start winner at Newcastle wouldn’t get many more cheers other than from those that had a bet or a lucky group of owners.
But cheers were loud and proud in Victoria on Saturday when Brilliant Meteor cantered to victory for David Pfeiffer in fine style on debut.
The 3yo son of sire sensation Northern Meteor gave Rosemont Stud a “clean sweep” of its 2012 Magic Millions January draft with each and every yearling now a winner.
Highlighted by Group winning filly Estonian Princess, Rosemont’s supply of top quality yearlings has risen in recent years.
Sold for just $65,000 Estonian Princess has returned just over $350,000 for connections, winning the James Carr G3 during the Sydney Championships and running second behind Sweet Idea in the Magic Millions 3-year-old.
But the highlights don’t end there. Turquoise King has been a lovely money spinner for Hawkes Racing as well, winning three in town and $115,000 in prizemoney.
Recent winners from the draft have included the multiple Written Tycoon winner Fiftyshadesofgrey for Marc Conners and Shamardal gelding Our Sarastro for the Cummings stable as well as city placed and twice a winner from the Paul Perry yard, Cyrenia.
With a select draft of three colts and three fillies, the collection of quality yearlings were sold for around $450,000 collectively and have returned more than $610,000 in prizemoney for lucky owners, with plenty more racing to come.
Rosemont’s rise to prominence saw them sell 18 yearlings at the Gold Coast this January with those yearlings about to embark on their racing careers. Rosemont sold current two-year-olds have included G1 South African winner Alboran Sea, Group performed Singapore gelding Know Each Other, undefeated local Novel Dancer who is on a 1000 Guineas campaign and Gai Waterhouse’s trial winner Precia.
“Buyers and trainers love to buy from farms that throw winners and its a lovely feather in our cap to be gaining a strong reputation in that area. Winning is the ultimate goal in our game, so selling winners has to be our business,” Rosemont’s Anthony Mithen said.
Rosemont is set to take another quality group of yearlings to all sales in 2015, highlighted by the first crop of their record G1 Golden Rose winner Toorak Toff.