Champion sire Fastnet Rock has been churning out the talented three year-old maiden winners of late in Australia and we can add the Gai Waterhouse trained colt River Wild (3c Fastnet Rock x Romantic River, by Irish River) to that list.
A three-quarter brother to Coolmore’s former brilliant Group I winning mare Aqua D’amore and full brother to Group II winner Petrology, River Wild dished out a thrashing to Golden Slipper winner Sebring’s full sister Falkenberg in the 1300 metre maiden at Kembla on Saturday.
River Wild led and controlled the maiden before opening up to win by six lengths in a thoroughly dominant display.
Like his father Fastnet Rock, River Wild was passed in at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale and retained to race by Coolmore so runs in the familiar navy blue.
He is the eighth winner for good producer Romantic River (USA), who is 22 and has not had a foal since he was born.
Entered for the Group I MRC Caulfield Guineas, River Wild may well step up as a real dark horse of the spring.