Victoria Derby Goal for Fastnet Colt

Mongolian Falcon (Fastnet Rock) winning in New Zealand

Expectations around Mongolian Falcon (3c Fastnet Rock x Amazing Beauty, by Galileo) were sky high at Ruakaka in New Zealand on Saturday and the classy colt didn’t let anybody down.

He made his three-year-old debut with an easy length and a half win over 1000 metres, delivering victory in the style his trainers Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs craved with ambitious spring plans in place.

“We’ve got a huge opinion of him,” co-trainer Chris Gibbs said. “He’ll definitely be nominated for the VRC Derby and if we take that path then he won’t be hanging around in New Zealand for too long.”

A $150,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the Coolmore draft for Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Industry, Mongolian Falcon was a trial winner before he finished third on debut last season and second-up he beat the subsequent Group II Matamata Breeders’ Stakes winner Gold Rush.

The son of Fastnet Rock and the Group performed Galileo mare Amazing Beauty then ran a close second in the Listed Reid & Harrison Slipper before he was put aside after he suffered an interrupted run when unplaced in the Group I Diamond Stakes.

“He spelled well and he’s in beautiful order,” Gibbs said. “He’s still learning, but he did everything right today.”

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