Fastnet Rock conformation

New Stakes-Winner for Fastnet Rock

Fastnet Rock was in hot form on Saturday with a new Group I winner in Comin’ Through as well as a new stakes-winner in South Africa with progressive mare Ngaga (4m Fastnet Rock x Zarinia, by Intikhab) taking out the Listed East Coast Cup at Greyville in South Africa.

As a half-sister to 2011 South African Horse of the Year Igugu, four year-old Ngaga has always had a lot to live up to, but has proven more than useful with four wins from nine starts, this success her first Black Type victory.

Trained by Andre Nel, she won the 2000 metre feature by a length and a half as favourite.

Ngaga was a $250,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the Kia Ora Stud draft for James Bester Bloodstock and runs for his long-time client Mrs Sabine Plattner.

“This filly was a ‘stand-out’ on physique - a big, strong, good-moving Fastnet Rock filly with a lot of quality,” James Bester recalled.

“Her front legs, however, left a little to be desired, which put buyers off her at Easter.

“I thought she was a near-million-dollar filly if legs had been perfect, so was happy enough to buy her ‘on spec' at the heavily-discounted reserve price.

“I offered her to Sabine Plattner (for whom I’d previously bought the likes of Laisserfaire, Joie de Grise, more recently Acrostar, etc.). Sabine and her trainer Andre Nel were unhesitating in snapping her up and now with Black Type on her resume she has proven an astute purchase.”

Bred by Kia Ora, Ngaga is the fifth winner from Zarinia (IRE), who in addition to producing four-time Group I winner Igugu has also left Group III winner Honorius and Group III placed Sweet Fire.

Ngaga is the 137th stakes-winner for champion sire Fastnet Rock.