US Stakes-Winner for Fastnet

Champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock featured with a North American stakes-winner when Irish bred mare Uchenna (5m Fastnet Rock x Uriah, by Acatenango) won the Belle Mahone Stakes at Woodbine.

A winner at Goodwood and Wolverhampton before transferring to North America,  Uchenna won the Grade III Ontario Matron stakes last year and added a new Black Type win to her resume with this latest success.

Now trained by Mark Casse, she took the 1 and 1/16th mile contest by a length and three quarters and has now won five of 21 starts.

“She’s so consistent and looking at the Racing Form, she has this one big kick,” said winning rider Patrick Husbands.

“She was loving it racing from behind. Five furlongs out she was enjoying it, and four furlongs out she wanted to be asked but I said, ‘Not yet, not yet.’

“At the top of the lane, I chirped at her and she just exploded. She has a serious turn of foot.”

One of 95 stakes-winners for Fastnet Rock, Uchenna is a half-sister to Hong Kong Derby Trial winner King Dancer and is from German bred US Grade II winner Uriah.

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