Fastnet Rock 2yo’s are Outstanding
Some of the best 2yos in Australia are by International Super Sire Coolmore‘s Fastnet Rock.
Having made the decision to bypass the Karaka Million, the Lindsay Park team has the Group I MRC Blue Diamond Stakes firmly in its sights with exciting colt Long Leaf (2c Fastnet Rock x Frustrating, by Stravinsky), who kept his record at a perfect three for three in the Listed MRC Blue Diamond Preview at Caulfield on Saturday.
Long Leaf carries the navy-blue silks of Coolmore and is by the same sire as last year’s Blue Diamond Stakes winner Catchy.
Following a narrow victory at Morphettville at his career debut back on October 28, Long Leaf improved to capture the Listed MRC Merson Cooper Stakes at Sandown on November 18.
The powerfully made bay improved again here. He was scrubbed along early by Damien Oliver to stay in touch with the speed set by Invincible Lad.
He did not shirk his task in the closing stages hitting the line strongly to win the 1000 metre dash by half a length
“He’s got a great attitude and is a real talent too,” said winning rider Damien Oliver.
“He’s lovely to ride, very professional and has all the makings of a quality two-year-old.”
Co-trainer Ben Hayes said Long Leaf is likely to go to the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes without another run.
“He’s very professional, I was thrilled the way he paraded today,” Hayes said.
“He’s a very exciting, an undefeated Fastnet Rock who won two races before Christmas, he’s a real stallion prospect now.
“On the line, he was full of running and we think he will be better over 1200 metres and we might go straight to the Blue Diamond now.”
Foaled and raised at Coolmore, Long Leaf was purchased by BBA Ireland for $750,000 out of the Curraghmore draft at the NZB Premier Yearling Sale.
He is the first winner for the winning Stravinsky (USA) mare Frustrating, a daughter of blue hen Parfore, the dam of Group I winners Terravista and Tiger Tees, as well as Group II winner Ball of Muscle, Singapore Horse of the Year and sire Super Easy and the multiple Listed Stakes winner Our Lukas.
Coolmore will offer the full sister to Long Leaf at Inglis Easter this year as Lot 144.
Fastnet Rock posted a juvenile stakes double on Saturday with his unbeaten filly Avantage taking out the Karaka Million in New Zealand.
Cluster (Fastnet Rock) Yearlings in Focus at Australian Sales
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.
Unbeaten filly Avantage (2f Fastnet Rock x Asavant, by Zabeel) gave Te Akau Racing their second consecutive win in the $1million Listed Karaka Million at Ellerslie in New Zealand on Saturday.
Avantage started favourite in the race after she had been unbeaten in her first three starts including an impressive win at her first look around Ellerslie a fortnight ago.
Opie Bosson gave Avantage a perfect ride as he utilised an inside barrier draw to have the filly tracking the speed throughout.
Asked to move into contention, Avantage lengthened beautifully to snatch the lead from pacemaker Bocce at the 200m mark and hold out the challenge of stablemate Al Hasa who stormed home late to finish second beaten three-quarters of a length in the lucrative 1200 metre sprint.
“I always knew she was the one to ride and the only worry I had was trying to make the weight,” said Bosson, who had his choice of the five Te Akau runners in the race.
“I busted my a… to do it and even this morning I was thinking I wish I had picked one of the colts as it would have been easier (to make the weight).
“When something like this happens it’s really worth it.
“She’s just a natural racehorse which makes the job so much easier. She really impressed me first-up and had so much improvement in her.
“I got the perfect run although turning for home I thought the leader had us in trouble. Once she balanced up she really stepped up and it was all over.”
David Ellis of Tea Akau Racing bought Avantage for $210,000 out of the Oaks Stud Premier draft at the 2017 Karaka Yearling Sale, a figure he felt was cheap considering the filly’s pedigree.
“I paid $210,00 for her, which for a Fastnet Rock filly was great buying,” he said.
“Opie told me early on she was a high-class filly. She trialled at Te Teko back in August and has just shown us so much all the way through.
“She is owned by a terrific bunch of people who are just over the moon. It’s a life-changing experience for them.”
The 127th stakes-winner Champion Sire Fastnet Rock, Avantage is the second winner for stakes-winning Zabeel mare Asavant, a daughter of Group III winner Pins ‘n’ Needles.
Fastnet Rock posted a juvenile stakes double on Saturday with Long Leaf successful in the Listed MRC Blue Diamond Preview Stakes at Caulfield.