The future racing career of exciting European 3yo colt MAXIMAL has been finalised after a deal was reached between Juddmonte Farms and emerging Victorian operation Rosemont Stud.
It’s the first Australian partnership Juddmonte have ever entered into on a stallion prospect.
Maximal, a stunning Galileo colt & ¾ brother to the great FRANKEL, has been a model of consistency in his career to date having won or placed in six of his eight starts which included a dominant six length Sandown win as a 2yo followed by a runner up effort to subsequent dual Group One winner HURRICANE LANE and a 4th in the St James Palace Stakes where he finished along side the likes of Group One winner LUCKY VEGA and Group Two winner BATTLEGROUND.
His most recent start was a runner up effort to the undefeated BAAEED, a horse being touted as the best in Europe.
Maximal becomes the first ‘colt’ for Juddmonte to race in partnership and the prospect of immediate spring races such as the $2m Cantala Stakes Gr1, 8f or the $7.5m Golden Eagle are high on the agenda.
Rosemont Principal Anthony Mithen described the partnership as another exciting moment for the Geelong-based operation who have been strong participants in the yearling & broodmare market in 2021.
He paid tribute to the John O’Shea team who opened discussions with Juddmonte on the possibility of bringing the colt to Australia.
“Myself, John and his assistant trainer Tom Charlton have a spent a great deal of time analysing Maximal, his form, profile and feel he shapes as an ideal prospect for not only some initial targets in the spring but beyond with races such as the Group 1 Doncaster or Cox Plate over the next 12-18 months appealing as potential options.
“Unsurprisingly, Juddmonte have been a pleasure to deal with and whilst we have both very much partnered in this horse with a focus on his future racing career, as a ¾ brother to Frankel, one can’t help contemplate his appeal as a stallion if indeed he can replicate his European form in Australia.
“Frankel is the greatest I have seen and, with the passing of Galileo, has arguably assumed the title of the ‘current world’s best stallion’ so we certainly dream at the thought of cementing his credentials as a shuttle stallion for Juddmonte & Rosemont, Mithen said.
Juddmonte’s GM of European Racing, Barry Mahon highlighted just how excited Juddmonte were at being able to campaign a horse of Maximal’s pedigree and class in Australia.
“Juddmonte are extremely excited about sending Maximal to Australia to continue racing in partnership with Rosemont Stud. Rosemont, like Juddmonte, run a top class breeding and racing operation out of Victoria and they have enjoyed enormous success throughout Australia. Juddmonte have enjoyed some success in the past few seasons in Australia and that has spurred us on to try and increase our racing presence there. We would like to thank Sir Michael Stoute and his team at Freemason for the great job they have done with Maximal. John O’Shea is a top class trainer and we are delighted he will be taking charge of the colt,” Mahon said.
Maximal will continue to race in the famous Juddmonte silks and O’Shea feels the colt should relish the tempo and track conditions presented in Australia.
“Maximal has a lovely cruising speed and his video is evident of a horse with a real determination. He is an incredibly exciting colt for some of our major Group One & signature races at anywhere between 1400m-2000m,” O’Shea said.
“We have seen the strength of the European form stand out in this country and this colt’s recent performances, with a Racing Post Rating of 112, would suggest he will be extremely competitive in anything we set him for here in Australia within his ideal distance range.”
Maximal will enter quarantine as soon as possible and will arrive in Australia late next month.