He’s No Poor Relation

Tara Madgwick - Thursday June 11

Blood can sometimes overcome pedigree to produce a seriously good horse.

The Group I BRC JJ Atkins Stakes (1400m) last Saturday was the last Group I race for juveniles of the season and while the winner Rothfire is on face value seen as a far less fashionably bred horse than the other G1 winners Farnan (Golden Slipper), Tagaloa (Blue Diamond) and King’s Legend (Sires Produce, Champagne Stakes), a look at the straight tabulations for all of these colts shows that thinking is far from true.

Farnan - $550,000  Magic Millions purchase

King’s Legacy - $1.4million Magic Millions purchase



Tagaloa - $300,000 Magic Millions purchase

 

Advertisement

Rothfire - Not accepted for major sales.

 

Rothfire is the first Group I winner for his sire Rothesay, a Group II winning son of Fastnet Rock, from a sensational family that has produced Golden Slipper winners Canny Lad and Sepoy as well as more recent Group I winners such as Guelph and Bivouac.

To see him produce a Group I winner is not a surprise, what is surprising is that it has taken so long.

Sons of Fastnet Rock have had varying degrees of success at stud, but Rothesay now becomes the seventh of his sons to sire a Group I winner joining Hinchinbrook, Foxwedge, Smart Missile, Stryker, Wanted and El Roca.

On his dam’s side, Rothfire has nothing not to like with his first three dams by Hussonet (USA), Zabeel and Marscay all champion sires and the first two in particular nicking extremely well with Fastnet Rock.

His pedigree lacked nothing in genetics, what it lacked from an auction house perspective was Black Type given there is very little in his first three dams and Rothesay would be seen as a sire past his commercial use by date.

Rothfire the horse has no knowledge of any of this and has reeled off six wins and a second from seven starts earning over $750,000, not bad for a horse bought by his trainer privately for just $10,000 from his breeders Gleeson Thoroughbreds.

Rothfire wins the G1 JJ ATkins

It would be nice to think that genetic magic works the same every time, but sadly it does not and Rothfire has an older five year-old full sister called Smokin’ Hussay, who is not quite in his league.

She’s won only one race at Ipswich from 22 starts, but as a full sister to a Group I winner she’s now going to find herself in demand as a future broodmare prospect, so expect to see her pop up in a sale somewhere soon!


 

Advertisment
Stallion Parade
More Reading...
Sires With Winners - Wednesday September 23
Here is the full list of 40 stallions which had winners throughout Australasia today with winners and result details.
Giant Weanling Becomes G1 Winner
Laurence and Linda Monds celebrated their first G1 winner as proprietors of Tyreel Stud when ‘the big horse’ Behemoth powered away to win the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield.
Vale, Danzero
Rosemont’s flags will be lowered to half-mast and a fitting tribute will stand at the front of the office entrance to honour Danehill’s first ever stakes winner, Danzero, who passed away peacefully on the weekend at the Geelong farm at age 28.
Brazen Beau Draws First Blood
A good deal of joy for the sponsors of Wednesday’s Darley Spring Preview (900m) at Flemington with Contract Racing’s homebred Brazen Beau colt General Beau looking the consummate professional in capturing the first-two-year-old race of the season.
Ace High's Trump Cards
Rich Hill Stud is delighted with the first foals of resident sire Ace High, a dual Group 1-winning son of High Chaparral.
Derby Trial Won by a Derby Breeder
The art of breeding stayers is not one practiced by many Australian breeders, but Trevor Delroy has achieved amazing success in that area over the years and has unearthed another promising three year-old in Cetshwayo, who scored a tenacious win in the $60,000 VRC Derby Trial at Flemington on Wednesday.
One to Watch – Wyong
Choisir had three promising maiden three year-old winners on Tuesday and one of them is our pick as the ‘One to Watch’.
All Inglis Breeze Up Videos Now Online
All videos from horses that have breezed ahead of the Inglis Ready2Race Sale are now available online following another successful day of action at Taupo in New Zealand on Monday.
Newgate Young Guns Feature at Caulfield Jump Outs
 A set of 650m jump outs at Caulfield on Tuesday morning produced a couple of Magic Millions sold two year-old heat winners by Newgate Farm young gun sires Extreme Choice and Winning Rupert.
Triple G1 Winner in foal to Justify to Be Offered at Fasig-Tipton November
Three-time Grade 1 winner BAST, in foal to Triple Crown winner JUSTIFY, will be offered at this year’s Fasig-Tipton November Sale.  Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency will consign the three-year-old daughter of UNCLE MO on behalf of owner Charles Chu’s Baoma Corporation.