Anthony Mithen celebrates big sales as colt steals show at Magic Millions

Gnarwarre breeder ­Anthony Mithen will retain a share in the blue blooded colt he sold to Gai Waterhouse for $540,000 at the Magic Millions sales.

Mithen and his team at Rosemont Stud were this week celebrating some massive ­results in the sales ring, with the colt Starspangledbanner out of Lady’s Light stealing the show.

“He was [the standout]. He is a type that just looks like a speed machine that can go pretty quick and go pretty early,” Mithen said.

“If someone asked me what the top sale would be of the 13 we took up, it wouldn’t have taken much time to guess him.

“He is a lovely horse. It’s ­exciting [to retain a share].

“I was a bit nervous that I was going to have to part with him. I must say I was barracking for Gai’s table to purchase because I knew I would be every chance that I would be allowed into the syndicate if she bought it.”

Lady’s Light has turned out to be a brilliant broodmare for Rosemont, who purchased her for $20,000.



She has also produced champion South African three-year-old filly Alboran Sea.

“Mick Hibbs helped me purchase the mare. He trained Light Express, who is out of that mare,” Mithen said.

“I spelled Light Express for Mick and I knew how much of an opinion he had of it.

“She [Lady’s Light] bobbed up in a Sydney broodmare sale and Mick rang me and said I should buy that mare.

“I ended up buying her for $20,000. The subsequent foal made $105,000, we sold the Toorak Toff for $300,000 and this one went for $540,000.

“I probably owe Mick Hibbs more than a round of drinks, to be honest.”

Rosemont also sold a Commands filly to Shadwell for $340,000 and an All Too Hard colt to Hawkes Racing for $300,000.

“It was our best sale in 10 years selling yearlings commercially,” Mithen said.

“It was quite satisfying to raise the bar another level [without results] again.”

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