Fastnet Rock Paddock

G1 Plans for Fastnet Filly

Progressive three year-old filly Stay Alert (3f Fastnet Rock x Starfala, by Galileo) confirmed her potential with a late closing win in the Group III Newbury Legacy Cup (1m3f).

Unraced at two, the Hughie Morrison trained filly won her first stakes race two starts ago before doing a few things wrong when unplaced in the Group II Lancashire Oaks, but she bounced back for this assignment.

She settled well back in the field and when she saw daylight hit the line hard to win by a neck and has now won three of six starts.

“It was important, after the Lancashire Oaks, to settle her, so it was the plan to drop her in, but she was incredibly relaxed. She went down relaxed and made up the ground easy down the outside. She showed a turn of foot and has a bit of toe,” said Hughie Morrison.

“The plan was to have a blow here and then go to Ascot next month for the Group I Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes.”

Retained to race by her breeders the Arbib Bloodstock Partnership, Stay Alert is a full sister to stakes-winner Star Rock and is one of five winners from five to race out of Group II placed Galileo mare Starfala.

Starfala is from stakes-winner Farfala, a full sister to Group I winner Fragrant Mix and Alpine Rose.

The Fastnet Rock x Galileo cross has produced nine Group I winners with Stay Alert bidding to be number 10.