Fastnet Rock’s Deploy Record Breaking Run
Exciting sprinter Deploy (5g Fastnet Rock x Crimson Reign, by Red Ransom) is soaring to new heights this spring breaking the course record for 1200 metres at Randwick when resuming from a spell last month and then breaking the 1300 metre record at Rosehill on Saturday to win the Group II ATC Theo Marks Stakes.
The Gerald Ryan trained gelding is absolutely flying at present, jumping straight to the front for Josh Parr and running right away to win by four lengths in a sizzling 1:14.92, breaking the previous record set in 1990 by Alquoz.
Chasing him home for a gallant second was dual Oaks winner Egg Tart, who looked great on her seasonal return.
“I was confident,” said Josh Parr.
“He is in fantastic form at the moment and the stable has him absolutely flying. I’m pleased to get on him today. What a pleasure it is to ride these horses that are going so well. It is a great job. We can often take it for granted.”
A $450,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the Torryburn Stud draft, Deploy runs for a syndicate that includes his breeder Torryburn Stud in whose colours he runs as well as Segenhoe Thoroughbreds and Stallion Racing.
Since being gelded, Deploy has jumped right out of the ground and now has the overall record of eight wins and six placings from 16 starts with prizemoney just shy of $600,000.
“He’s in great form and after he worked here Tuesday I thought he’d improved again,” said Gerald Ryan.
“You wouldn’t think a horse could run a course record at Randwick and then come here and do it again three weeks later, but the horse is low flying.”
Ryan is unsure of what comes next for Deploy, although the Group I MRC Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes in Melbourne over 1400 metres appeals as a possible target.
Deploy is the best of four winners from Group III winning Red Ransom mare Crimson Reign, who is due to foal this spring to Pride of Dubai.
Royally bred filly Shoals (3f Fastnet rock x The Broken Shore, by Hussonet) kept her unbeaten record intact when resuming from a spell to win the Listed MVRC Atlantic Jewel Stakes at Moonee Valley on Saturday.
The Anthony Freedman trained filly dodged the Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper last season, but still came away with three stylish wins at her only starts culminating with a narrow victory over another top class Fastnet Rock filly Formality in the Group II ATC Percy Sykes Stakes at Randwick.
She stalked the leader Blondie and then overpowered her in the run to the line to win the 1200 metre sprint by three-quarters of a length.
Winning rider Mark Zahra has now been aboard the filly in three of her four wins, so has a good insight into the blue-blood.
“I wouldn’t say she’s doing it half hearted but every time she gets to the front, she just pricks her ears and she doesn’t put them away,” Zahra said.
“She’s doing it pretty easy but I reckon if something challenged her she would’ve found a lot more today.
“If you see her coat, you’ll know she’s got a bit to go because she’s a bit burly as well, but we were able to get a soft enough run on the speed and coming to the bend I didn’t think there was any way we’d get beaten.”
Group I goals will be on the agenda for Shoals, but whether that involves a step up in distance to the 1600 metres of the MRC Thousand Guineas or back to 1200 metres for the VRC Coolmore Stud Stakes remains to be seen.
Her next appearance will likely come in the Group II MRC Thousand Guineas Prelude over 1400 metres, which should shed some light on what will ultimately be her preferred journey.
Shoals was retained to race by her breeders Arrowfield Stud and Jonathan Munz 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, 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.
Shoals brought up a stakes double for champion sire Fastnet Rock, who also tasted success at Rosehill where Deploy scored a record breaking win in the Group II ATC Theo Marks Stakes.