Fastnet Rock

Bay 2001 16.1½ hh (1.66 m)
Danehill – Piccadilly Circus
Distances won over: 5f. to 6f.

A Champion Sprinter & Champion Sire in Australia

Fee for 2018: €70,000

Champion sire in Australia 2011/12 & 2014/15.

Champion 3-y-o colt and Champion Sprinter in Australia 2004/05.

His top European performers include Fascinating Rock (Champion Stakes-Gr.1, Tattersalls Gold Cup-Gr.1), Intricately (Moyglare Stud Stakes-Gr.1), Qualify (Oaks-Gr.1), Diamondsandrubies (Pretty Polly Stakes-Gr.1), Rivet (Racing Post Trophy-Gr.1, Champagne Stakes-Gr.2), Zhukova (Man O War Stakes-Gr.1), Laganore (Premio Lydia Tesio-Gr.1) One Foot In Heaven (Grand Prix de Chantilly-Gr.2 & Prix du Conseil de Paris-Gr.2), Somehow (Dahlia Stakes-Gr.2), Cougar Mountain (Joel Stakes-Gr.2), Turret Rocks (May Hill Stakes-Gr.2) etc.

This champion Australian sprinter is firmly established as one of the dominant forces in Australian breeding. He has shown the versatility we have come to expect of Danehill’s best stallion sons, siring Gr.1-winning sprinters to classic mile-and-a-half winners. Now he has proved he can be similarly effective in the Northern Hemisphere, producing a succession of Gr.1 winners.

The main source of Fastnet Rock’s Irish success has been mares from the SADLER’S WELLS line. Gr.1 winner Diamondsandrubies has a dam by SADLER’S WELLS, as do Cape Clear Island, Kosmische, Smuggler’s Cove, Somehow, Torcedor and Table Rock. However, his foals out of GALILEO mares are doing even better, producing the Gr.1 winners Qualify, Intricately (Moyglare Stud Stakes), Rivet (Racing Post Trophy) and Zhukova. Other stakes winners from this cross include Gr.2 winner Turret Rocks, Gr.3 winner Cover Song and Gr.1 Queensland Derby winner Magicool. This adds up to a very impressive 13% black-type winners. His 2017 Group 1 winner Laganore has a grandam by SADLER’S WELLS. Fastnet Rock should also prove an excellent match for daughters of HIGH CHAPARRAL and MONTJEU.

Fastnet Rock is also doing especially well with descendants of NUREYEV. His sons Cougar Mountain and Fascinating Rock are respectively out of daughters of NUREYEV and POLAR FALCON. This suggests he could suit mares by PIVOTAL (broodmare sire of Listed winner One Master). Fastnet Rock has two Gr.1 Australian winners and the French Gr.2 winner One Foot In Heaven out of PEINTRE CELEBRE mares and his outstanding filly Mosheen from a STRAVINSKY mare. This mirrors the considerable success that the Danehill line has enjoyed with NUREYEV line mares in Europe.

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). The Gr.1 Australian winner Awesome Rock has a dam by GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, as does Oaks third Alluringly. Daughters of SHAMARDAL are well worth trying, especially now that one has produced Gr.3 winner Diamond Fields.

Inbreeding to DANZIG has already proved successful with Fastnet Rock. He has Gr.1 winners inbred 3×4, plus Gr.2 and Gr.3 winners inbred 3×3 to this great stallion. He also has a 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. Nijinsky line stallions whose daughters have Group winners with sons of Danehill include CAERLEON, GREEN DANCER, KAHYASI, HERNANDO and GENEROUS. 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. Danehill sired Gr.1 winners from mares by BLUSHING GROOM and RAINBOW QUEST.

MR PROSPECTOR line mares have enjoyed consistent success with Danehill and his sons, with MR PROSPECTOR, WOODMAN, MISWAKI, MACHIAVELLIAN, KINGMAMBO, DISTANT VIEW, CONQUISTADOR CIELO, ZAFONIC, MARQUETRY and BLACK TIE AFFAIR all figuring among the broodmare sires of the Danehill line’s Gr.1 winners. Fastnet Rock has four stakes winners out of WOODMAN mares. He also has Gr.1 winners out of daughters of KINGMAMBO, FUSAICHI PEGASUS (2) and LION CAVERN.

Danehill had Gr.1 winners from mares with MILL REEF, SHIRLEY HEIGHTS, DARSHAAN, SIMPLY GREAT, RIVERMAN and IRISH RIVER in their pedigree, so the NEVER BEND line looks like another very attractive option for Fastnet Rock. His Gr.1 winners Diamondsandrubies and Magicool have DARSHAAN second dams.


2ndPago Pago Stakes-Gr.2, 1200m., Rosehill beaten ½ length by Genius And Evil.
2ndSkyline Stakes-Gr.3, 1200m., Canterbury beaten ½ length by Dance Hero.
3rdSires’ Produce Stakes-Gr.1, 1400m., Randwick beaten 2 lengths by Dance Hero and Wager.
4thGolden Slipper Stakes-Gr.1, 1200m., Rosehill beaten 2 lengths by Dance Hero, Charge Forward and Alinghi.


1stLightning Stakes-Gr.1, 1000m., Flemington by a neck from Alinghi and Cape of Good Hope.
1stOakleigh Plate-Gr.1, 1100m., Caulfield by a neck from Segments & Legally Bay.
1stUp And Coming Stakes-Gr.2, 1200m., Warwick Farm by 3 lengths from Dane Shadow and Public Opinion.
1stLinlithgow Stakes-Gr.2, 1200m., Flemington by 1½ lengths from Super Impressive and Recurring.
1stRoman Consul Stakes-Gr.3, 1200m., Warwick Farm by 2¾ lengths from Charge Forward and Star Cat.
1stRory’s Jester Plate-Gr.3, 1200m., Flemington by ½ a length from Brannigan and Assafa.
2ndT.J. Smith Stakes-Gr.1, 1200m, Randwick beaten a neck by Shamekha with Only Words third.
2ndNewmarket H’cap-Gr.1, 1200m, Flemington beaten 1¼ lengths by Alinghi with Foreplay third.
2ndSan Domenico Stakes-Gr.2, 1000m, Randwick beaten a nose by Charge Forward with Dance Hero third.

Oakleigh Plate-Gr.1

Lightning Stakes-Gr.1