Big Wins for Fastnet Rock Youngsters in Australia
A full sister to Group I MRC Blue Diamond Stakes winner Catchy, promising filly Symi (3f Fastnet Rock x Cat’s Whisker, by Fusaichi Pegasus) was the centre of attention at Canterbury when making her debut on Wednesday and she emerged with a win on the board.
Prepared by Team Hawkes and ridden by Tommy Berry, Symi led all the way and showed plenty of fight at the finish to win the Benchmark 69 event over 1250 metres by a short head.
“She jumped well, travelled beautifully in the run and dug deep when it mattered,” said Michael Hawkes.
“She’ll improve a lot off that too.”
A $700,000 Magic Millions purchase from the Coolmore draft for renowned Sydney owner Alan Bell, Symi was bred by Joy and Sam Jenkins and foaled and raised at Coolmore. She is a full sister to $1.9 million earner and Group I MRC Blue Diamond Stakes winner Catchy as well as three other winners.
Her dam Cats Whisker, a Group II winning daughter of Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) has the perfect record of five foals to race all winners and all are by Fastnet Rock.
Coolmore sold the now two year-old Fastnet Rock colt from Cats Whisker at Inglis Easter this year for $500,000 and there is a yearling filly to follow by Pierro.
Cats Whisker is due to foal again this spring to Fastnet Rock.
Symi (Fastnet Rock-Cats Whisker) leads throughout for a strong debut win @atc_races Canterbury for @TommyBerry21 and @HawkesRacing. Symi, a full relation to Catchy, was a Gold Coast Yearling Sale buy for Alan Bell Racing from @CoolmoreAus. #ClassOf2017
— Magic Millions (@mmsnippets) August 8, 2018
More Sundays (3c Fastnet Rock x More Joyous, by More Than Ready), a royally bred colt by champion sire Fastnet Rock from John Singleton’s much loved champion mare More Joyous made a winning debut at Geelong on Monday.
Retained to race by Singleton, More Sundays was sent to Lindsay Park to be trained by Ben and David Hayes and Tom Dabernig following an initial campaign with Bjorn Baker that resulted in one barrier trial win in December last year.
More Sundays broke the ice with an impressive victory in the 1100 metre maiden. Sent forward from the gate by Jordan Childs to take up the lead, he proved a class above his rivals when surging clear to win by two and a quarter lengths.
Ben Hayes was on hand to watch the high profile colt who is destined for better things.
“It’s a relief to see him do that,” he said.
“You always have a big opinion of these sorts of horses and you want them to run well. He’s always shown us good ability at home and now he’s done it on race day.
“You won’t see him race in the country again. We think he’s a sneaky Caulfield Guineas type horse. He’s still green, but he was very strong through the line.”
A big powerful bay, More Sundays is the second foal and second winner for $4.5 million earner More Joyous, who won 21 races, eight of them at Group I level.
Her first foal is the lightly raced Frankel mare Woman, who won her only start at Canterbury in September last year and has not raced since.
There are many great thoroughbred families in the world, but More Sundays is a colt whose pedigree sets him apart with his first four dams, More Joyous, Sunday Joy, Joie Denise and Denise’s Joy all winning at the highest level. You would go a long way to find an unbroken female line of Group I success like that!
Top 20 Sires by 5 Year Avg. (5+ sold) (Med.)
1. Fastnet Rock $345,121 ($260K)
2. Redoute's Choice $340,415 ($250K)
3. Snitzel $294,872 ($200K)
4. Exceed And Excel $261,165 ($180K)
5. I Am Invincible $220,662 ($145K)
6. to 20. (see below)@inglis_sales @mmsnippets pic.twitter.com/cOoDz93WcD
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