Fastnet Rock

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 he is 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. His high-class Gr.1 winner Diamondsandrubies has a dam by SADLER’S WELLS, as do the likes of 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 (Oaks), Intricately (Moyglare Stud Stakes), Rivet (Racing Post Trophy) and Zhukova (Man o’War Stakes). Others 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 18% black-type winners. Fastnet Rock has a Group winner out of a mare by AUTHORIZED, a son of MONTJEU. He should also prove an excellent match for daughters of HIGH CHAPARRAL.

Fastnet Rock’s smart Irish sons Cougar Mountain and Fascinating Rock are respectively out of daughters of NUREYEV and Nureyev’s son POLAR FALCON. Now he has enjoyed Gr.1 success with One Master, a filly out of a PIVOTAL mare. 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 Australian filly Mosheen from a STRAVINSKY mare.

Fastnet Rock is working very well with the STORM CAT sire line and 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. 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 3x4, plus Gr.2 and Gr.3 winners inbred 3x3. 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.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.

MR PROSPECTOR line mares have enjoyed consistent success with Danehill and his sons. Fastnet Rock has four stakes winners out of WOODMAN mares. He also has Gr.1 winners out of daughters of KINGMAMBO, FUSAICHI PEGASUS and LION CAVERN.

Danehill had Gr.1 winners from mares with MILL REEF, SHIRLEY HEIGHTS, DARSHAAN, SIMPLY GREAT, RIVERMAN and IRISH RIVER in their pedigrees. Fastnet Rock’s Gr.1 winners Diamondsandrubies and Magicool have DARSHAAN second dams.

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