Big Weekend for Fastnet Rock in Australia
It was a big weekend for Coolmore’s Fastnet Rock in Australia, it started Saturday at Randwick with Shoals (3f Fastnet Rock x The Broken Shore, by Hussonet) her second Group 1 victory and has now clocked up over $1m in winnings.
On Sunday Fastnet Rock was once again star of the show in the sales ring, he sired Lot 137, a colt by Fastnet Rock from Bird Of Fire, also selling for $400,000 to Paul Moroney Bloodstock. His 2 other entries sold for $140,000 and $240,000.
The 2018 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale has a strong representation from Fastnet Rock as wel as his sire sons, Foxwedge, Hinchinbrook and the very exciting Cluster. Both Foxwedge and Hinchenbrook have yearling averages around the $100,000 mark already, Only 1 Cluster has been through the ring, a filly in Tasmania that brought a solid $45,000.
Run as a Group I event for the first time this year, the ATC Surround Stakes at Randwick was won by royally bred filly Shoals,
A tenacious winner of the Group I VRC Myer Classic in the spring beating the older mares, the Anthony Freedman trained daughter of Fastnet Rock turned in an out of character failure at her first run back from a spell at Caulfield last month.
She bounced back quickly in this assignment travelling up on the pace for replacement rider Josh Parr before forging clear to win the 1400 metre contest by half a length.
“I’m lost for words to be honest. It’s never nice someone’s misfortune become my good fortune but gee the amount of times that happens in this industry and probably life itself is uncanny,” said Parr, who picked up the winning ride following the suspension of Blake Shinn.
“I galloped her on Tuesday morning and I was full of confidence after that. It was a really wet track and she gave me so much confidence with how she worked – I had a lot of horse up my sleeve.
“Coming here today I knew I’d land in a good spot in a forward position and she’s a really tough, gallant little thing.
“This is why we work so hard. It’s hard to explain it really is. It’s electrifying.”
Shoals has the impressive record of six wins and two seconds from nine starts with prizemoney of $1.3 million.
Shoals was retained to race by her breeders Arrowfield Stud and Jonathan Munz (in whose colours she runs) and is the first foal of The Broken Shore, who was bought by Dean Hawthorne Bloodstock for $1.9 million at the Magic Millions Teeley Assets Dispersal in 2014.
A metropolitan winner by Hussonet (USA), The Broken Shore is a half-sister to Group I winners Redoute’s Choice, Manhattan Rain and Platinum Scissors as well as Group III winner Sliding Cube and stakes-winner Echoes of Heaven.
The Broken Shore has been to Fastnet Rock in three seasons running and her current two year-old filly, a full sister to Shoals, is called Tides and is also trained by Anthony Freedman.
The yearling colt by Fastnet Rock from The Broken Shore will be offered at the 2018 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale by Arrowfield Stud as Lot 400 and would have to be a leading contender to top the sale.
Cluster’s oldest progeny are now yearlings and can be inspected at Larneuk Stud by appointment only.
A stunning individual with great scope, strength and presence, Cluster raced in stakes races at eight of his 12 starts, proving himself to be an outstanding galloper with a barnstorming victory in the Group Two Theo Marks Stakes. A brilliant sprinter miler, Cluster scored a career best win in the Group II ATC Theo Marks Stakes over 1400 metres when producing his customary explosive finish to overpower two other brilliant Group winning Fastnet Rock performers in Bull Point and Ninth Legion.
Son of the tough and talented Tarcoola Diamond, a Listed winner also two times Group placed – granddaughter of the Group One winning juvenile I Like Diamonds (AJC Champagne Stakes).
Cluster’s first two dams are by champion Australian sires Last Tycoon (IRE) and Bletchingly, while his third dam I Like Diamonds won the Group I AJC Champagnes Stakes and is by Golden Slipper winning sire Baguette.
From a fast Australian family, bristling with stakes-winners, Cluster is true to his pedigree in type and performance.
“He is a stunning individual that has won high praise from some of the best judges in the business,” said Neville Murdoch.
“You can see the Last Tycoon in him, that quality and refinement. His yearlings are just terrific and we’ve had both Inglis and Magic Millions here in recent weeks and they’ve just been bowled over by the cracking types of horses he is throwing.”
A speed pedigree with the great influences Danehill, Last Tycoon and Bletchingly.
Larneuk Stud was established in 1980. The 200 acre property has a 120 mega litre dam for irrigation and a permanent creek.
Larneuk Stud is situated 15km south-west of Euroa in the heart of Victoria’s Thoroughbred country.
Larneuk Stud has all the facilities required to cater for broodmares and the healthy development of the growing Thoroughbred.
Larneuk Stud has a proven record of producing winners and it is where the passion for racing begins.