The team at Rosemont Stud have been kept busy with a strong Magic Millions draft, but it would be fair to say they have felt the pressure of horses past.
In a quirk of fate, this year’s Gold Coast yearlings for Rosemont include an All Too Hard colt as well as three Starspangledbanner colts and a Starspangledbanner filly – two stallions that were prepared for their own yearling sale at the same Gnarwarre property that now operates as Rosemont.
And the similarities between father and son in some cases are uncanny.
“It’s a bit freaky I suppose to look up yearling pictures of All Too Hard (below) and The Banner and realise they were both prepped here and we have a couple of their sons that are made in the image of their father’s eye,” proprietor Anthony Mithen said this week.
“We have always thought the All Too Hard – There’s Only One colt (below) was a smashing sort, but when we did the comparison shot with the old man, our jaw dropped! We can only dream he makes the same sort of money, but hey, it’s not called the Magic Millions for nothing!”
Selling as lot 678 as part of the Saturday night session, the colt is the first foal of G3-winning Testa Rossa mare There’s Only One who won over $400,000 for the Peter Moody stable.
All Too Hard was prepared by Makybe on behalf of Rick Jamieson’s Gilgai Farm and realised $1.025 million to the bid of Hawkes Racing in the Inglis Easter ring and went on to win four G1s including the Caulfield Guineas and now stands at Vinery.
The half-brother to Black Caviar has his first yearlings hitting the sales ring in 2016. He has 47 yearlings catalogued for next month’s Magic Millions sale.
One of the most interesting stallions to be back and represented at the Magic Millions is Rosemont resident stallion Starspangledbanner.
Plagued by well-documented fertility issues, the son of Choisir has six yearlings in the sale, four of them to sell from the Rosemont draft.
From very small numbers, Starspangledbanner (rightas a yearling) has already produced a G1 winner (The Wow Signal), G2 winner (Anthem Alexander), G3 winners (Of The Brave and Home of The Brave) as well as very promising up and comers Mr Individual and Rocket’s Red Glare.
“I think the market will be pretty keen on these horses. He obviously has no 2yos as he missed a season when he went back to the track but I don’t think trainers and owners will be holding that against him given the unbelievable way he started his stud career,” Mithen said.
“We have a nice group of horses by him, but we do have another ‘mini-me’ as I’ve been calling him. The Lady’s Light colt is a smasher and just reminds us all of his old man. He may in fact be a little stronger at the same stage, going by Starspangledbanner’s yearling photo, which I suppose can’t be a bad thing!”
Starspangledbanner was bred and sold by Tony Santic’s Makybe and bought from the Melbourne Premier sale for $120,000 by Troy Corstens and Brad Spicer.
Selling as lot 370, the Lady’s Light chestnut colt (below) is a half-brother to 3-time G1 winning champion South African filly Alboran Sea. Lady’s Light’s current Toorak Toff 2yo made $300,000 at Inglis Easter earlier this year.