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Bluebloods : Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale 2015
Rothwell Park Stud ROTHWELL PARK has an enviable record at yearling sales, figuring strongly in best average price and known for the quality of its drafts. The farm is an ongoing work in progress, beauti- fully located on the Pages River in the Upper Hunter and opposite Emirates Park in Blandford. QUALITY YEARLINGS BUILD AN ENVIABLE RECORD Scott and Cathy Irwin own Rothwell Park and we spoke to Scott about the stud’s 2015 Gold Coast Magic Millions draft: Q: How do you decide which yearlings you would like to consign to MMGC each year? A: “I basically leave it up to the sales company because at the end of the day they’re viewing the competition and quality other vendors intend present- ing. So the way I see it, if your horse is not forward enough or conformation is not up to scratch, then the market judges them accordingly. The majority of the time Vin and his crew call it right in their initial vetting of suitable prospects for the sale.” Q: How many years have you been selling at MMGC? A: “We have never missed a sale.” Q: What are some of your MM selling and racing highlights in recent times? A: “Recent racing highlights for me would have to be Alezan Thunder running an unlucky third to Driefontein. She was a beautiful filly with no pedigree who we sold to Mark Kavanagh and his boys in Adelaide for $55,000. Also I loved the gutsy win of Unencumbered in 2014, I was so impressed with him that we purchased a share in him when he was syndicated for stud duties and we have three mares in foal to him. He is one tough colt. I think history shows that colts who win the Magic Millions have become great stallions. “I guess our selling highlights recently would be our clearance rate and our averages. This year we were second leading vendor on average, ($217,000), built on two excellent results, being the Lonhro/Oh So Discreet colt who made $320,000, and the More Than Ready/ Ringa Ringa Rosie colt who sold for $450,000. Rothwell has had an excellent year this year, but I think the current market is solid without being over the top.” Q: What are the latest developments at your farm, new star residents, exciting foals? A: “Cathy and I made a decision some 12 months ago to remodel our business with the view that we own some equity in 90% of the horses on the farm by the end of this financial year, as the agistment portion of the business was running at a break even or loss in some years. During the past year and a half we have purchased 14 stakeswinning mares and six Gr.1 -performed mares or dams of Gr.1 performers to comple- ment our existing broodmare band. This has taken us up to around 40 mares that we have equity in, as well as some stallion shares. “Moving forward we would love to start retaining a handful of fillies out of our better mares each year to race and hopefully replenish our breeding stock accordingly.” $217k avg. MM 2014 2nd leading vendor by average MMGC 2015 YEARLING SALE www.magicmillions.com.au PAGE 116 Story by Warren Wruck
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