Merchant Navy Retired to Stud, Now Available on Horseco Exchange
— Knightsbridge (@KBloodstock) June 29, 2018
The ex-Australian-trained colt joined O’Brien with the aim of winning at Royal Ascot this summer, and did just that last weekend, having made a successful Irish debut at the Curragh in May.
Ridden by Ryan Moore in the six-furlong Group One sprint, part of the QIPCO British Champions Series, the son of Fastnet Rock won a dramatic renewal by a short head from City Light in a thrilling finish.
In the immediate aftermath, O’Brien had expressed his hope he might get to run Merchant Navy in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket, but that was not to be.
O’Brien said on Friday: “He’s an incredible horse for what he did. We thought it was kind of impossible to do what he did.
“When he won the first day we thought he hadn’t had enough time to acclimatise, but obviously he did.
“He won with a penalty and the weights all against him, and then he went on to Ascot and did the same thing.
“He was an incredibly natural horse. He had a great mind, was a great mover, was a very clean-winded horse and was very tough and genuine. It was a privilege to have him.”
In ten career starts, Merchant Navy won seven times, earning nearly £1 million in prize money.
Unbeaten 2YO & Gr.1 winning 3YO sprinter by Fastnet Rock
- Probably the fastest son of Fastnet Rock.
- Full-brother to 1200m Gr.2 winner Jolie Bay.
- Out of 1200m Group winning 2YO Legally Bay.
Just like Snitzel he’s a Gr.1 winning sprinter, by a son of Danehill and out of a Stakes winner by Snippets.
“The 1200m dash down the Flemington straight has long been considered a sire making race …Merchant Navy added his name to the roll in Saturday’s Coolmore, taking his place in history in spectacular fashion: weaving a passage over the final 100m to catch tearaway leader, Invincible Star, right on the wire. Even better still for connections, Merchant Navy has the pedigree to match his talent for speed.” www.aushorse.com.au, November 6, 2017
“one of the nation’s emerging sprinting superstars” www.flemington.com.au, 4 November, 2017
“Fastnet Rock continues to excel both on the racecourse and in the sales ring and in Merchant Navy we are thrilled to have arguably his best sprinting son joining the roster following his stint with Aidan O’Brien in Europe.” Tom Magnier