September 6, 2017
Champion sire Fastnet Rock reeled off two blue-blooded three year-old maiden winners at Warwick Farm and Sandown on Wednesday. A…View Article
This champion Australian sprinter is firmly established as one of the dominant forces in Australian breeding, taking the champion sire title in the 2011/12 and 2014/15 seasons. He has shown the versatility we have come to expect of Danehill’s best stallion sons, siring everything from Gr.1-winning sprinters to classic mile-and-a-half performers. Now his first four Irish crops have shown he can be similarly effective in the northern hemishere, producing a succession of Gr.1 winners.
The main source of Fastnet Rock’s Irish success has been mares from the SADELR’S WELLS line. His high-class daughter Diamondsandrubies has a dam by SADLER’S WELLS, as do the likes of Cape Clear Island, Kosmische, Smuggler’s Cove, Somehow and Table Rock. However, his foals out of GALILEO mares are doing even better, producing Oaks winner Qualify, the 2yo Gr.1 winners Rivet and Intricately, the Gr.2 2yo winner Turret Rocks and the Gr.3 winners Zhukova and Cover Song.
Fastnet Rock is also doing especially well with descendants of Sadler’s Wells’ three-parts-brother NUREYEV. His very smart Irish sons Cougar Mountain and Fascinating Rock are respectively out of daughters of NUREYEV and Nureyev’s son POLAR FALCON. Fastnet Rock has two Gr.1 Australian winners and the French Gr.2 winner One Foot In Heaven out of PEINTRE CELEBRE mares and he sired the outstanding filly Mosheen from a STRAVINSKY mare.
Fastnet Rock is working very well with the STORM CAT sire line and already has Australian Gr.1 winners out of mares by FOREST WILDCAT and HENNESSY (also broodmare sire of Gr.2 and Gr.3 winners). These Gr.1 winners are inbred to Storm Cat’s grandparents Northern Dancer and Crimson Saint. There is also a Gr.2 winner out of a daughter of GIANT’S CAUSEWAY.
Inbreeding to DANZIG has already proved successful with Fastnet Rock. He has a Gr.1 winner inbred 3×4, plus Gr.2 and Gr.3 winners inbred 3×3 to this great stallion. He also has another Gr.3 winner out of a mare by GREEN DESERT’s son VOLKSRAAD.
Fastnet Rock and Dansili are both by Danehill out of NIJINSKY line mares. A lot of Dansili’s good winners have two lines of NIJINSKY in their pedigrees. Fastnet Rock has Gr.1 and Gr.2 winners with second dams by Nijinsky’s close relative THE MINSTREL.
Fastnet Rock has Gr.1 and Gr.3 winners with NIGHT SHIFT second dams.
The BLUSHING GROOM line is also worth exploring. Fastnet Rock already has Gr.1 and Gr.2 winners with NASHWAN second dams and a Gr.3 winner out of a MT LIVERMORE mare. He also has a European Listed winner with a dam by RAINBOW QUEST.
He has four stakes winners out of WOODMAN mares. He also has Gr.1 winners out of daughters of KINGMAMBO, FUSAICHI PEGASUS and LION CAVERN.
His Gr.1 winners Diamondsandrubies and Magicool have DARSHAAN second dams.
GR.1 PERFORMER AT 2 YEARS
CHAMPION SPRINTER AT 3 YEARS