Acrobat (Fastnet Rock) winning the $500,000 Inglis Nursery at Randwick

Acrobat to stand at Coolmore Australia

We take great pleasure in announcing the addition to our 2022 roster of record-breaking, unbeaten stakes-winning juvenile Acrobat, the fastest 2YO in history over 1000m at Randwick.

“Not only did Acrobat break the Randwick 2YO track record, he also won this important pre-Christmas juvenile test in faster time than Blue Diamond winner and now sire-sensation Extreme Choice,” enthused Coolmore’s Racing Manager Rob Archibald. “By winning the Inglis Nursery in 56.0s, he also won in faster time than Moir Stakes winner Wild Ruler, as well as Golden Slipper stars She Will Reign and Mossfun.

“Acrobat was always extremely natural and fast, from the day he was broken-in at Coolmore until his unfortunate career ending accident at a time where he was one of the favourites for the Golden Slipper. There is no doubt in our minds that he would have reached great heights on the track and it is a great shame that he could not realise his immense potential.”

“He floats across the ground, he has a beautiful mind and a good action, he’ll make a proper racehorse,” said James McDonald after the Nursery, while trainer Ciaron Maher declared Acrobat “a colt with enormous potential, one of the most naturally-gifted 2YOs we have trained – a leading Golden Slipper contender.”

Unfortunately for all concerned, Acrobat was injured in the lead-up to the Inglis Millennium and never raced again. But his Inglis Nursery victory had thankfully demonstrated both his precocity and record-breaking speed. Coolmore Australia Principal, Tom Magnier is adamant that Acrobat has all the credentials required to forge a successful career at stud.

“He’s the fastest 2YO ever by legendary sire and sire-of-sires Fastnet Rock – rated higher as a 2YO than even Fastnet Rock’s Group One Blue Diamond winner Catchy,” explained Magnier.

“He’s from a mare by Champion sprinter and leading broodmare sire Stravinsky, from a brilliantly fast Australian 2YO speed pedigree. His dam Hips Don’t Lie won a Golden Slipper lead-up, the Group Two Reisling Stakes and has produced not only Acrobat but also Group Three Chairman’s Stakes-winning juvenile Ennis Hill and Group One Golden Slipper and Blue Diamond place-getter Lake Geneva.

“And to top it all off,” continued Magnier, “he was valued at $1million as a yearling and is one of the best-looking Fastnet Rock colts I have ever seen. At his introductory fee of $13,750, there will be no better value sire prospect retiring to stud in 2022.