In what could be a watershed day for Victorian nursery Rosemont Stud, the team from Geelong won’t know where to look on a big Super Saturday.
With graduates representing the farm in the G1 Newmarket and the G1 Randwick Guineas, they’ll be cheering for a two-year-old in the G2 Sires and an old stager resumes early in the day at Flemington.
“It’s a massive day,” said stud principal Anthony Mithen. “To have a live chance that we bred and own in the iconic Newmarket as well as a runner in the Randwick Guineas, I reckon it will be a restless sleep Friday night.”
Brooklyn Hustle has had a G1 flashing light on her since she beat Yes Yes Yes on debut in her 2yo season and after 3 in a row 4th place finishes in G1 races, Super Saturday could be her breakout moment.
“I had a lovely message from astute form judge Daniel O’Sullivan this week which gave me a lot of confidence,” Mithen said.
“It basically said her sectionals in the Oakleigh Plate were about the best in five years at Caulfield. He was so impressed he said he couldn’t not have her rated more highly that September Run going into the race. I just hope she gets her dose of luck finally on Saturday.”
Made even more satisfying was the fact Brooklyn Hustle was bred from a mare Mithen sourced from a trip to France a few years back and is by his farm favourite stallion Starspangledbanner.
“It’s awesome to have such a fast one by the Banner highlighting what he can get for breeders. Our stallion roster is further highlighted by Swats That who represents Shamus Award in the G1 sprint as well.”
Rosemont also will be cheering for the Gai Waterhouse/Adrian Bott trained Marsannay in the G1 Randwick Guineas. The Snitzel colt was bred by the farm before being sold to Waterhouse-Bott for $400,000 at the 2019 Magic Millions sale.
“We retained a share in the colt and he has just improved with age and racing. He got a big confidence booster at the midweeks last week and Gai has not stopped talking about him since. She really feels he will out-run his odds,” Mithen said. He is rated a 30/1 chance in most markets.
And if Marsannay isn’t the Rosemont stallion prospect in waiting, maybe 2yo Pounding can step up in the VRC Sires Produce at G2 level. A son of Exceed and Excel again out of imported UK mare Silent Entrance, the colt was privately syndicated with Wylie Dalziel and Peter Moody after passing in at last year’s Easter sale.
“Easter was a disaster for us last year. We were trying to sell expensive horses online, sight unseen at a virtual auction. We had seven to sell and did not get a single live bid on one horse. I was devastated. Here’s hoping the Sire’s is the make-up moment!”
Trainer Peter Moody reported to Mithen during the week that Pounding worked brilliantly on Tuesday morning and felt there was very little between him and his other rep in the race, favourite Lightsaber. “He was quite bullish. Blinkers on, positive ride and up to 1400m are all ticks for him. He’s a beautiful horse, so here’s hoping.”
Rounding things out, Rosemont will welcome back for an autumn carnival the evergreen Iconoclasm in the Listed March Stakes.
“He’s an old warrior. He’s won a millions dollars, given us heaps of thrills and now his sister is up and going. She won at Ballarat last Sunday on debut and looks a stakes class 2yo. Hopefully we have five years of fun with Glitter N Gold too!” Mithen said.