Golden Slipper Third for Fastnet Rock
Champion sire Fastnet Rock may well have the best maiden in Australia after his talented daughter Lake Geneva (2f Fastnet Rock x Hips Don't Lie, by Stravinsky) finished third (pictured on the rail) in the Group I ATC Golden Slipper at Rosehill on Saturday. Prepared by Hawkes Racing, Lake Geneva was second on debut in the Group III ATC Widden Stakes back in January and then finished third on her second start in the Group I ATC Blue Diamond Stakes to highly rated colt Pride of Dubai. In the $3.5 million Golden Slipper she again ran well, charging home along the inside to be third behind unbeaten colt Vancouver and top class filly English (2f Encosta de Lago x Court by Anabaa) beaten just a length and a half. “She ran a super race,” said her rider Dwayne Dunn. “Just got held up at a vital stage, but she ran out of her skin.” Foaled and raised at Coolmore Australia, as was the winner Vancouver (bred by Fairway Thoroughbreds), Lake Geneva was a $1million Inglis Easter purchase last year from the draft of Coolmore, with her full sister to be offered again by Coolmore at the sale this year as Lot 437. Lake Geneva has already won $430,000 in prizemoney and will surely find a race she can win in coming weeks.