The Victorian Alliance made a dramatic first foray late on day two of the Magic Millions, with Rosemont Stud Principal Anthony Mithen and his band of breeding brothers splashing out an eyepopping $1.3 million on a Zoustar colt.
Lot 375 had been at the top of the group’s wish-list, not least as the Zoustar colt they bought here last year – subsequently named Brereton in honour of Dermott Brereton, regarded as one of the greatest AFL players of his generation – has already gone some way towards repaying his purchase price by scoring a Stakes win in the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate at Flemington.
Rosemont Stud provide seed capital for the venture with a consortium of breeders joining to form the Victorian Alliance, which was officially established in the latter part of 2020.
The partnership specifically targets colts whose long-term value as stallions could make seemingly expensive purchases appear cheap, and Mithen is confident their latest acquisition – who will join Brereton in Peter Moody’s Pakenham stables – will go on to prove his worth both on and off the racetrack.
“He’s a ripping colt, he was really high on our shortlist and we’ve had some success with Zoustar colts already so it made a lot of sense to us,” he said.
“Everyone knows that Zoustar can get a precocious two-year-old, it’s a matter of getting a horse than can tick as many boxes as possible, and this bloke pretty much ticked them all.
“With the trainer, we went with the theory that ‘if it’s not broke, don’t fix it’. Moods has already trained Brereton to a Group win so we’d be foolish not to stick to the same formula with this bloke.”
The Victorian Alliance team, in conjunction with Suman Hedge and David Redvers seem to only be heating up after securing their top pick on day two of the sale, after the team purchased six colts at last year’s Magic Millions for a combined total of $3.6 million.
"He was really, really high on our shortest of shortlists."— Racing.com (@Racing) January 12, 2022
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