There are few greater pleasures for a breeder than winning a race with a horse that was born and raised on home pastures, regardless of the grade or location; quite simply, it’s something we aspire to.
Season 2017/18 was an exceptional one for Gnawarre’s Rosemont Stud. While graduates of Rosemont Stud yearling sale consignments such as Santa Ana Lane, Hey Doc, Montoya’s Secret, Prairie Fire and Fuhryk won at stakes level, it was the victories of horses bred and raced by the stud that provided some of the most memorable moments of the year.
These stars were headed by the likes of Iconoclasm, Runaway and Remember The Name who all scored wins at headquarters.
However, a notable highlight came in the form of Thrillster, a filly bred by client and good friend, Richard Boyd, whose mares reside at Rosemont Stud.
In the past racing season, she won more VOBIS dollars than any other horse…$332,000 in fact!
Raced by a large group including Boyd and Rosemont, the exciting 2YO filly established herself as a classy sprinting juvenile after recording two wins and a black-type second from three starts in her debut campaign of just three starts.
In what proved a shrewd decision by co-trainers Leon and Troy Corstens, Thrillster was targeted at two legs of the VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series; the $280,000 VOBIS Gold Rush at Bendigo and the $310,000 VOBIS Sires two-year-old contest at Caulfield on Victorian Owners & Breeders Race Day.
The now three-year-old filly was successful on both occasions, and Rosemont Stud’s Anthony Mithen believes she has since become a great advertisement for Victoria’s breeding industry and the VOBIS scheme.
Another big VOBIS winner for Rosemont was Starcraft 2YO filly Wild Flyer (Starcraft) in the $180,000 VOBIS Gold Ingot at Caulfield in July.
“VOBIS is unbelievable! It’s like doubling your money, especially with two and three-year-olds,” Mithen said.
“I don’t really think about whether or not to nominate anymore, if you’ve got one that’s eligible, you just have to tick the box!
“Interestingly, even if a VOBIS nominated yearling is purchased by a Sydney stable and predominantly raced in Sydney, these days they make a conscious decision to venture south and race for VOBIS returns. Those smart trainers such as Gai Waterhouse are onto it to make sure their owners get the best pay day, and why wouldn’t you?” Mithen remarked.
The inaugural $1 million VOBIS Sires Showdown is set to be staged at Caulfield in April 2019, and has breeders, owners, syndicators and trainers alike vying for victory in its inaugural year.
Mithen is hopeful another two-year-old raised on the Rosemont pastures will be on track to fly the flag for the team.
“VOBIS is a real testament to what the Victorian breeding industry has to offer, and the $1 million Showdown is a fantastic way to showcase that,” he said.
Once signed up to VOBIS Gold, two-year-olds sired by a stallion nominated to VOBIS Sires (including all of Rosemont’s stallions) gain a free entry to the $1 million Showdown. VOBIS Gold nominations close on 31 August.