Mark Kavanagh is a big fan of a Fastnet Rock, think Atlantic Jewel and Super Cool, the astute trainer producing a debut winner by the champion sire at Kyneton on Friday in Loveheart Lass (3f Fastnet Rock x River Dreaming, by Galileo).
Loveheart Lass was sent out favourite for the 1200 metre maiden and after being allowed to find her feet by Katelyn Mallyon from a wide gate she surged home out wide from the turn to post an encouraging win.
A big filly with a long stride, she can only be improved for the run and on pedigree appeals as a candidate to run further.
A $150,000 NZB Premier purchase for her trainer from the Curraghmore Stud draft, Loveheart Lass is the third winner from unraced Galileo mare River Dreaming (IRE), a grand-daughter of Arc winner and USA Horse of the Year All Along.
Loveheart Lass is bred on what is proving an influential cross with Fastnet Rock over daughters of Galileo producing 10 winners from 12 runners, four of those winners being stakes-winners Qualify, Magicool, Rock Hero and Eagle Island.