It was double rewards came for Victoria’s Rosemont Stud at the Hong Kong Derby race meeting on Sunday.
It kicked off with the win of farm bred three year old Strathclyde in race four. Not only was he was bred by Rosemont, the gelding is by resident sire Toorak Toff.
Strathclyde as a foalStrathclyde as a foal
And then Rapper Dragon won the Hong Kong Derby which was a residual bonanza for the Geelong region stud. Anthony Mithen and the team at Gnarwarre purchased, in 2015, two mares very closely related to the Derby winner.
These two are Amanpour (Northern Meteor), a Group 1 winning half sister to the dam of Rapper Dragon; and Swing Sensation (Northern Meteor), a half sister to the Derby winner. It certainly adds to the attraction of future Rosemont sales drafts
Strathclyde was a timely winner for Rosemont having been a graduate of their Inglis Easter draft of 2015. This year’s Rosemont Easter draft of nine yearlings is in the final stages of sale preparation before making the journey north.
Sunday’s winner is also the highest priced yearling by Toorak Toff having been bought by his Hong Kong trainer Tony Millard for $300,000.
Mithen said the Strathclyde was extremely well received at the 2015 sale being a sibling to the Rosemont bred Group 1 winner Alboran Sea (Rock of Gibraltar).
“I remember being quite emotional after he was sold at such a good price. This was after all a yearling out of our own mare and by our own stallion.
“Tony Millard was quite enamoured with the yearling before the sale, but really didn’t know much about the sire who was presenting just his first crop of yearlings that sales season.
“But Tony has been a regular inspector of Rosemont’s drafts ever since!
“Tony was over for the Premier Sale a few weeks ago and indicated he was confused with Strathclyde.
“He was showing enormous ability and trialing extremely well but just couldn’t put it all together raceday.
“He certainly made up for it yesterday!”
Rosemont bought the American bred dam Lady’s Light (Toolighttoquit) for just $20,000 in 2011.
“She has been a ripper for me helping to grow the profile of our broodmare band and her progeny grossing $1 million in yearling sales.”
On the subject of the upcoming Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, Mithen is brimming with excitement and expectation.
“It is the nicest bunch of horses I have taken to any sale,” he said.
Strathclyde in Inglis Easter Yearling sale ringStrathclyde in Inglis Easter Yearling sale ring
“It has all the hallmarks of a high end, boutique draft of high quality horses with a broad range of sires and pedigrees.
“I think our wow factor yearling is our Redoute’s Choice colt out Catshaan. He is actually the only yearling in the sale with two Australian Group 1 winning siblings (Abbey Marie and Absolutely).