Mitho’s magic mar­ket

Geelong Advertiser - - SPORT - RYAN REYNOLDS

GNAR­WARRE breed­ing pow­er­house Rose­mont Stud is cel­e­brat­ing an “un­be­liev­able” week, sell­ing the ma­jor­ity of its year­lings for good money at the Magic Mil­lions sales on the Gold Coast.

The stud sold 17 out of the 20 year­lings that fea­tured in the sale’s book one, with an av­er­age sale price of $260,000.

A Fast­net Rock colt x Ir­ish Nova topped the charts for the An­thony Mithen-led breed­ing op­er­a­tion, knocked down for $520,000. Mithen also had Se­bring and Snitzel colts sur­pass­ing the $400,000 bar­rier.

“It was un­be­liev­able,” Mithen said. “It was our best sale ever, ac­tu­ally. All in all there were 17 really nice horses that hit a chord with the buy­ers.”

Mithen said he had al­ways ex­pected the strik­ing Fast­net Rock colt mak­ing it past $500,000.

“The Se­bring (x Swing Sen­sa­tion) was the one we had for half that,” Mithen said of the colt’s $420,000 fi­nal sale price.

“He pa­raded like a su­per­star and the main buy­ers came back and kept look­ing at him.

“He ap­pealed to that Hong Kong mar­ket and that’s where he has ended up.”

Rose­mont also sold five out of the six horses that fea­tured in the sale’s book two.

While the Fast­net Rock was also pur­chased by Asian con­nec­tions, Mithen said he ex­pected the horse to stay and race in Aus­tralia.

MEAN­WHILE, Mithen said he was hope­ful that Rose­mont’s good run could con­tinue with True Ex­cel­sior run­ning in the Group 1 Tele­graph at Tren­tham in New Zealand this week­end.

The Leon and Troy Corstens-trained speedster ar­rived in New Zealand early on Sun­day morn­ing to pre­pare for Sat­ur­day’s 1200m fea­ture sprint in Welling­ton.

“It’s fair to say the Group 1 sprints in New Zealand aren't quite at the level as our Group 1 sprints,” said Mithen.

“Hope­fully she can mea­sure up and get it done.”

Mel­bourne jockey Stephen Baster will make the trip across the Tas­man to ride True Ex­cel­sior. He has rid­den the mare in eight of her past nine starts and was happy to con­tinue his as­so­ci­a­tion with the sprinter who fin­ished third in the Group 3 Stan­dish Hand­i­cap at Flem­ing­ton at her most re­cent start to con­firm plans for The Tele­graph.

The New Zealand race is an op­por­tu­nity for the mul­ti­ple stakes-placed mare to chase a valu­able Group 1 win.

“It’s def­i­nitely a bit left-field but I think both her runs back have been su­per,” Baster said. “I think she de­serves her chance.

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