Perth plays a special part in Craig Rounsefell’s global bloodstock agency Boomer Bloodstock (FBAA).
Rounsefell will be back in town for the Perth Magic Millions Sale to keep building the successful connection he’s forged with trainer Lindsey Smith. Their relationship peaked with Group 1 Railway Stakes winner Scales Of Justice in 2016.
They were back for more with Epic Grey in the Magic Millions WA 3YO Trophy (1200m) at Pinjarra on Saturday. “He’s a very consistent horse who always runs well,” Smith said after the grey overcame a three-wide run without cover. “He ran first-up at Ascot last month which brought him on fitness-wise and we added blinkers.”
A $67,500 Boomer buy from the Magic Millions March Sale, Epic Grey won a Northam maiden in June and added a couple of restricted sprints at Belmont before a brave second in the LR Belgravia Stakes at Ascot. “A fair few people are in him and most are first or second-time owners,” Smith added. “He didn’t cost a lot and they’ve won a lot more than that.”
Rounsefell went back and bought his younger sister for just $30,000 at the same Magic Millions Sale last year and she has been named Silver Oak. They are both by Keeneland Group 1 winner Wicked Style (USA) and their dam Embellish (Break The Vault) is closely related to 1990s grey flash Quick Flick.
Rounsefell arrives in Perth after buying 7 yearlings at the Sydney Classic Sale this week topped by a $475,000 I Am Invincible colt to be trained by Tony Gollan. He also purchased two colts and two fillies for Smith – the most expensive being a Toronado colt related to Demerit for $175,000.