Champion sire Fastnet Rock was the first to sire a million yearling at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale when his colt from Rose of Cimmaron hit the mark with buyers for Newgate Farm.
He made $1.2 million to the bid of Tom Magnier, Gai Waterhouse and partners including South African owner/breeder Markus Jooste and Emirates Park Stud.
Bred by the Bateman family and foaled and raised at Newgate, the star colt is a full brother to Group III winner Bull Point, who topped the 2012 Magic Millions Yearling Sale when fetching $960,000.
It’s also the family of $7 million earner Criterion, who runs in the Group I ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Saturday.
Coolmore’s Tom Magnier said the appeal of the royally bred colt was obvious.
“Sure, he’s a colt we were high on, he’s a lot of quality and he’s a Fastnet Rock so we’re delighted to have him,” he said.
“All the lads really like this horse and it’s a family we know well. It’s an exciting partnership we have for him so we just hope we’re lucky.
“When you see all the right people on him and we thought he was a standout. At the money you want to be thinking about what you’re doing but we really wanted him.”
Waterhouse has trained several members of the family including Bull Point, Upon This Rock, Najoom and Bhutane Dane.
She said she was smitten with the colt.
“He’s an athlete – he doesn’t walk, he glides. When I first saw him at Newgate Farm I fell in love with him,” Waterhouse said.
“I’ve had good success with the stallion and the family and I can’t wait to get him into our system and train him.”
Also popular were Fastnet Rock fillies from Valourina and Star Satire that made $600,000 and $520,000.