Rosemont Stud’s trust in top-class colt Tarzino was repaid in full with a Group 1 victory in the Rosehill Guineas (2000m) on Saturday.
Owner Anthony Mithen bought a share and the standing rights to Tarzino before flying out to France last week. “He’s clearly a high-class athlete and has so much racing upside,” Mithen said. “He’s exceptionally bred being by Tavistock, who we rate as the next big thing, out of a mare by Zabeel.
“We have been looking at standing a mile to middle distance stallion for a while and he presents as the ideal horse.”
Tarzino was in another league at Rosehill while lengthening to a comprehensive victory over Montaigne (Road To Rock) and Jameka (Myboycharlie). He immediately firmed into a $1.90 favourite with the TAB for the G1 Australian Derby on April 2.
“It was a strong win and he will improve from today,” trainer Mick Price said. “If he shows up in right order at Randwick, they won’t beat him.”
Tarzino won the G1 Victoria Derby in October and the only horses to complete the Australian Derby double since the Randwick feature was switched to the autumn in 1979 have been Dulcify and Mahogany.
He is the second Rosehill Guineas win in a row for Mithen and his team at Rosemont. Their red and white ‘gatecrasher’ colours were carried to victory by Tavistock gelding Volkstok’n’barrell last year.
Rosemont went into the weekend with positive news for its current roster at Gnarwarre.
Starspangledbanner, who suffers from subfertility and is standing his first northern season since 2012, has his first three mares scanned in foal at Coolmore Stud in Ireland.
Toorak Toff sired his first winner when Pop saluted at Pakenham on Thursday and Starcraft topped the Hong Kong International Sale on Friday evening with a brother to G3 BTC Classic winner Havana that made HK$8.50 million (AUD 1.44 million).