While a massive congratulations goes out to Troy Corstens, John Sadler and Malua Racing on the G1 Stradbroke victory of the ghostly grey Linton, Rosemont Stud are glad to have played a small part in the victory.

After a Spring campaign that was geared towards the G1 WS Cox Plate at Moonee Valley, Maula Racing selected Rosemont Stud as the ideal place to allow Linton, their recent acquisition to spell with the aim of further glory during his next campaign.

Having been purchased from the powerful Lloyd Williams racing team, trainer John Sadler had a long-range plan to prepare the Galileo gelding for a tilt at Queensland’s richest race, the G1 Stradbroke Handicap where the winner took home a cool $1 million for first place.

Linton spent six weeks at Rosemont Stud’s Ceres property which is now used specifically for spelling racehorses and sprawls over 650 acres with two and a half kilometres of Barwon River frontage. The undulating ground up the Barrabool Hills and the magnificent river flats offer the perfect combination for the successful rearing of any stock, but in particular thoroughbred horses, allowing them to continue to develop condition while still enjoying their break from the track.

In close consultation with trainer John Sadler and Malua Racing’s Manager Troy Corstens the team at Rosemont Stud followed the script, allowing Linton to get them best out of his time at the farm and hopefully put him on the path to Group One glory.

After his time at Ceres, Linton was sent to Rosemont Stud’s pre-trainer Mark Young at Colac and now as they say, “the rest is history”.

It was decided that Linton would start first-up in the G1 Manikato Stakes – people must have thought why? But the gallant grey showed why, working home extremely well to finish fifth, beaten just under five lengths from the immortal Black Caviar who had won the race by four, so in essence Linton was only three-quarters-of a length off second!

Having a four week freshen-up, Linton headed to Adelaide where he won the Listed SAJC City Of Adelaide Handicap over 1400m, before another three week break saw him successful in the G3 SAJC RA Lee Stakes over 1600m, a race he had won 12 months prior – the first run that he had for his new connections.

After another four weeks, Linton headed north to Queensland, where he was set to compete in his fourth state of Australia.

After drawing one of the outside gates in the G1 Stradbroke Handicap, Linton jumped away from the gates as a 30/1 shot and jockey Nick Hall allowed the 6yo to settle towards the rear of the field.

As the back markers all started to go wide before the home turn, Hall hugged the rails like a greyhound, never going around another runner.

Linton burst along the rails to score a memorable victory in the G1 contest, taking his record to seven wins and six placed efforts from 24 starts and over $2 million in earnings.

A massive congratulations must goes to Linton’s connections; Estrela Energia (Mgr: S Friborg), M B Talty, P G Talty & M P Talty. To watch a replay of the phenomenal performance, scroll down.

Rosemont Stud looks forward to welcoming Linton back for a well-deserved rest where he will be readied for a spring campaign.

Other than John Sadler and Malua Racing, Rosemont Stud offer spelling services to some of Australia’s top trainers including Team Hawkes, Peter Moody, Leon Corstens, Mike Moroney, Heath Connors, Mark Young and Andrew Noblet. If you are interested to discuss this further please contact Anthony Mithen on 0413486767 or amithen@rosemontstud.com.au or Dean Harvey on 0408641424 or dean@rosemontstud.com.au.