Exciting colt Awesome Rock (2c Fastnet Rock x Awesome Planet, by Giant’s Causeway) will head straight to stakes grade after scoring an impressive maiden win at Sandown on Wednesday.
Having debuted with a luckless effort over 900m on February 8, the colt was never in serious danger in today’s 1300m race despite drawing the extreme outside gate, and he had them covered midway down the straight as he cruised to the lead.
“I’ve always had a good opinion of him and I think he’ll make a really nice horse,” said winning trainer Leon Corstens.
“We’ll aim him at the Sires’ Produce at Flemington next and the 1400 (metres) there should be right up his alley.”
Offered by Newgate Farm at the 2013 Gold Coast Magic Millions, Awesome Rock was the second most expensive Fastnet Rock colt at the sale when knocked down to Spicer Thoroughbreds for $575,000.
He is out of Giant’s Causeway mare Awesome Planet, a three time stakes winner including the Group III Doomben Roses and also finished third in the Group I New Zealand Thousand Guineas.
A full-sister to Awesome Rock made $400,000 at this year’s Gold Coast Millions and the mare was served last season by Pierro.