Having taken over the Santic’s property at Gnarwarre on the eve of last year’s breeding season, Rosemont Stud thought an Open Day and stallion parade at the new facility might be tempting disaster. But with a year to plan, the inaugural Rosemont stallion parade and Open Day was blessed with perfect weather and an amazing array of bloodstock.

More than 200 graced the homestead lawns to celebrate Father’s Day with Rosemont’s most important fathers – Toorak Toff, Starspangledbanner and evergreen Danzero, with an added bonus showing of three of the first crop foals of G1 stallion Toorak Toff.

“It was important for the farm to establish itself at its new digs before throwing the gates open and showing off the farm and our stallions. Patience paid off, as we could not have got a better day to showcase our stallions, the foals and the farm,” said Rosemont’s Anthony Mithen.

With a touch of celebrity added by AFL stars including Geelong captain Joel Selwood, Tom Hawkins and Richmond’s Steve Morris, plenty of breeders were keen to get along to see just how well Toorak Toff had let down and also check out if the hype on his first crop foals was on the mark. It would seem no one went home disappointed. Having covered 100 mares in his first season, it was clear to everyone that the life of a stallion has agreed with Toorak Toff who has let down into an imposing horse without losing any of his athleticism.

Three of his foals were the talk of the open day, after Pichard (half-sister to Allez Suez), My Secret Luv (three-quarter- sister to Secret Flyer) and Shoptalk (half-sister to the mother of Kneeling) had their foals paraded on the homestead lawns. All three showed the strength, athleticism and quality head of their father.

Breeders were also treated to the first public parade of European champion sprinter and Aussie speed sensation Starspangledbanner, back at his birthplace farm for another crack at a breeding career. With a new treatment started and a limited book of just 50 mares, the team at Rosemont are more than hopeful they can get the beautiful son of Choisir back on track and give Victorian breeders a high class speed descendant of Danehill to breed to.

Only back from Ballydoyle, Ireland for six weeks, Starspangledbanner looked in tremendous fettle.

“He looks unbelievable. It’s a great thing that the team at Rosemont are doing for him and I’m certain they will be rewarded,”said Troy Corstens, the man who helped select the horse as a yearling purchase for Spicer Thoroughbreds.

“He deserves to get every chance and that’s what the guys are doing with him. I’m sending a mare and am very excited by the prospect of racing a horse by one of the best speed horses we’ve seen in the past 10 years go to stud.”

Rounding out the parade was the evergreen Golden Slipper winner Danzero. A true gentleman of the stallion ranks, Danzero stands for just $11,000 including GST and will cover a limited book of mares given he has just ticked over 22.

It was hard to tell his age, given the way he looked and the spring in his step. Having produced 7 G1 winners and 40 stakes winners, he offers breeders a safe bet for the money.