The highs, lows, frustrations but ultimately satisfaction of the racing game were on full view for team Rosemont at both Caulfield and Randwick yesterday.
Spinning three around at Caulfield sporting the Stud’s gatecrasher lion, it was a case of what could have been!
Remember The Name was the first to the starter’s gates and in a familiar luckless theme this preparation, she went a short-half head away from breaking her mini drought.
The daughter of Lope De Vega was excellent in defeat and looks now to be crying out for the 2000m.
Forty minutes later it would be the same story for the crowd favourite Mr Quickie. Carrying 6 kilos more than his rivals he was in front everywhere but the post, with the Danny O’Brien-trained Grinzinger Star nailing him at the wire. Ironically, O’Brien trains Remember The Name so there were a few red faces at the back to scale stalls!
Remember The Name’s little sister Thousand Wishes was set to resume in the next race, only to play up in the barriers and be scratched before the start ending a frustrating hour or so for the team at The Heath.
But attention turned to Randwick where Rosemont eyes were on horses for others that held a special place for the farm.
The crowning moment for the stud and staff had to be the performance of Australia’s champion sprinter Santa Ana Lane.
He was selected by Rosemont on behalf of a client when sold at foot with his mother and was then reared, raised and educated for sale at our Geelong base. He sold at the Inglis Melbourne sale to Bahen Bloodstock/Malua Racing for $80,000 and was dominant in the G1 TJ Smith stakes.
His prize money now tops $5 million and the world awaits his efforts in Hong Kong and Royal Ascot in coming months. A star of the turf and Rosemont product, he is proof of the best-in-trade attitude of all at the farm. Well done team. Everyone deserves to be proud of the Freedman-trained superstar.
But there’s little time for back-slapping with seven of our finest yearlings for 2019 to go under the hammer at Inglis Easter this week. Amongst them is lot 8, by I Am Invincible – out of a Fastnet Rock mare…. just like Santa Ana Lane. Maybe our luck will continue!