The Fastnet Rock You Should be Taking a Look at
The Day 2 top Lot of the Australian Easter Yearling Sale yesterday was a Fastnet Rock colt out of Group 1-winning mare O’Marilyn, which George Moore Bloodstock purchased for $1.8million Today another Fastnet Rock, the full brother to Shoals hammered for a whopping $2.3m.
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.
Larneuk Stud’s Neville Murdoch has always been impressed by the pedigree of resident stallion Cluster and was delighted to see the success of his sire Fastnet Rock and the strong market for his sons progeny at recent sales.
A stunning winner of the Gr.2 Theo Marks Stakes, Cluster was a horse of outstanding ability and Murdoch is delighted with the quality of his first crop of weanlings – four of whom he is taking to this weekend’s Inglis Great Southern Sale at Oaklands Junction.
“He is really stamping his progeny with his own refined quality,” Murdoch said, noting that Cluster is a lovely mix of his champion sire Fastnet Rock and his prolific dam sire Last Tycoon.
“He has his sire’s strength and imposing presence coupled with that Last Tycoon quality.”
Depending on where you are and where you want to race you should contact Bryan Guy on the Gold Coast, Terry James Evans in Tuncurry near Sydney. If you want to race in Victoria you should contact Neville on 0418 105 706 [email protected]
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