Gnawarre breeder Anthony Mithen admits Sacred Sword was a “bit of an impulse buy”.
As the hammer went down on the $550,000 colt, Mithen made a split second decision to shuffle over to the winning bidder Julian Blaxland and see if there were shares available.
“I was doing the sums in my head thinking it would be nice going into a colt that had stallion potential,” Mithen said.
“The horse had caught my eye and been the talk of the ground. He was bought by Julian Blaxland for $550,000 and I ummed and aahed for 10 seconds and I could see him in the distance signing up the horse.
“He said there was half available, but if we took a quarter of him he could wear our colours and be a lovely prospect. The rush of blood led me to say yes.”
On Saturday Mithen and the rest of Sacred Sword’s group of highly credentialed owners will get a better indication as to whether their outlay was worth it.
The talented two-year-old, a half brother to First Seal and out of a Group 1 winner, will contest the $120,000 Listed Debutant Stakes at Caulfield carrying Mithen’s Rosemont Stud colours.
“He has done nothing to suggest he needs the paddock,” Mithen said.
“He is enjoying his work, he’s won a couple of jumpouts at Flemington. We thought we’d give him a fly.
“The Debutant Stakes, the winner generally goes on to be a pretty good horse.”
Best of luck to the connections on Saturday - Aquis Farm, Raffles Thoroughbred Racing, Rosemont Stud Pty Ltd, Mr M J Hayne and Mr M D Evans.
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