Great Weekend in Australia for Fastnet Rock
Second in the Group I MRC Blue Diamond Stakes and fifth in the Golden Slipper, Fast ‘n’ Rocking (7g Fastnet Rock x For the Good Times, by Hennessy) is still going strong at age seven after scoring a tenacious win over Religify in the Listed MRC Weekend Hussler Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.
A hard horse to run down Religify was looking the likely winner of this 1400 metre contest with a furlong to run, but under determined riding from Luke Nolen, Fast ‘n’ Rocking finally prevailed to win by a neck.
The victory ended a run of outs for the Hayes / Dabernig trained gelding, who had been winless since scoring in a Listed race at Caulfield on October 14 two years ago.
“He’s been a bit frustrating for punters, but he’s won over $1.3 million, so he’s done a great job for his owners,” said Tom Dabernig.
Bred by Peter Devitt and the late Les Gordon, Fast ‘n’ Rocking was raised at Widden Stud and retained to race. He has the overall record of six wins and 12 placings from 52 starts with prizemoney of $1.4 million after his win today.
He is the best of four winners from stakes-winner For the Good Times.
Fastnet Rock also featured in the Group I races at Caulfield with royally bred Shoals (3f Fastnet Rock x The Broken Shore, by Hussonet) finishing second in the Group I MRC Thousand Guineas, while Catchy (3f Fastnet Rock x Cats Whisker, by Fusaichi Pegasus) was a brave third in the Group I MRC Caulfield Guineas against the colts.
In the Group I MRC Toorak Handicap, Petrology (6g Fastnet Rock x Romantic River, by Irish River) was a strong finishing third.
Fastnet Rock making an Impression as a Sire of Sires
Fastnet Rock’s sons are proving extremely popular at stud and Cluster is the best value of his Group winning sons at stud in Victoria.
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.
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).
A speed pedigree with the great influences Danehill, Last Tycoon and Bletchingly.
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.