Cluster Progeny Start Selling at 2018 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale
The rise of champion sire Fastnet Rock as a sire of sires has been clearly illustrated by his brilliant sons Hinchinbrook, Foxwedge, Smart Missile and now Your Song, so Neville Murdoch of Larneuk Stud is more than hopeful he has the horse to write the next chapter of success for this emerging sire dynasty.
Since 2015, sons of Fastnet Rock have had a growing influence on our racing with Hinchinbrook the Champion Australian First Season Sire for 2014/2015, while another Fastnet Rock son Rothesay was the Leading First Season Sire by winners.
Smart Missile was the Champion Australian First Season Sire for 2015/2016, while his Group I winning rival Foxwedge has overtaken him this year to be Champion Australian Second Season Sire for 2016/2017.
Hinchinbrook has powered onwards and upwards and was the Champion Australian Third Season Sire for 2016/2107, while Your Song represents the next wave of success having finished as the leading Australian First Season Sire by winners for 2016/2017.
Hinchinbrook, Foxwedge, Smart Missile, Your Song and Rothesay have all left stakes-winners as have other Fastnet Rock sons such as Wanted, Highly Recommended and Stryker, the sire of Group I New Zealand Derby winner Rangipo.
Eight stakes producing sire sons would suggest Fastnet Rock is going to leave a lasting legacy and Neville Murdoch sees blue sky ahead for his well credentialed candidate Cluster.
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.
Unfortunately for Cluster, he had only two more starts finishing a close up fifth in the Group I MRC Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes before being injured in the Group I VRC Darley Classic.
Priced at $6,600, Cluster is one of those horses whose ability exceeded his race record and as such represents a great opportunity for budget conscious breeders with his female pedigree another obvious big plus.
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.”
The first Cluster to make her way through the sales ring looks set to race with a variation of “Gee Gee” in her name after being purchased by successful owners Paul and Elizabeth Geard at Thursday’s Tasmanian Magic Millions.
A member of the Larneuk Stud based stallion’s debut crop, the striking black filly was knocked down for $45,000 – a very healthy 6.8 times Cluster’s service fee of $6,600.
The price was more than double the sale’s median price and over $15,000 more than the average.
A daughter of the stakes placed six times winning Tough Speed mare Speedy Sky, she is a half-sister to the promising three-year-old City Of Dreams by fellow Larneuk stallion Ilovethiscity.
“It is no surprise to us to see a Cluster sell so well,” said the stud’s Neville Murdoch, “as from day one he has been producing high quality foals who have inherited not only their sire’s class and scope but also his presence.”
A particularly handsome son of Fastnet Rock, Cluster boasts the strength of the Danehill line coupled with the elegance and athleticism passed on by his dam sire Last Tycoon.
“When breeders see Cluster they tend to book a mare in,” Murdoch said, happy with a 2017 book that included well related daughters of Lonhro, Fusiachi Pegasus, High Chaparral, Rubiton, Zabeel, Street Cry, Galileo, Canny Lad, Success Express, More Than Ready and Flying Spur.
“We’ve had a lot of breeders pay return visits as they have been so impressed with their foals,” Murdoch said.
For further information on Cluster who stands at $6600 (incl gst), contact Neville Murdoch on 0418 105 706.