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Knights Order and Goldman are in terrific order ahead of their next assignment in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup over 3200m.

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SATURDAY 15TH JUNE – ROSEHILLRail Position: RAIL - +6m EntireSOVEREIGN HILL (Race 1, 11pm, 1400m, A Hyeronimus, 58kg)Sovereign Hill put up a much-improved display in his last start at this track where he was just unlucky to bump into what looks to be a very talented colt. He appreciated returning to a sounder surface on that occasion, and tomorrow's track is rated a Soft 6 at the time of writing. There's some rain forecast for Saturday morning but we're hopeful it won't have too much of an impact on the going, as we know he's better on a drier track so fingers crossed this materialises. He pulled nicely clear of the remainder of the field last time which is always a positive sign, and we feel there's additional improvement to come stepping out in distance once again to 1400 metres. Whilst barrier 12 is a bit tricky, we know he has terrific early speed so Adam will roll forward from there to get across into a more favourable position close to the rail where he can hopefully make his own luck from the front. He's an imposing colt who's ready to win third-up, and we expect him to be hard to beat.HA HA HA (Race 6, 1.55pm, 1300m, A McLucas, 61kg)Ha Ha Ha makes her Australian debut following two very promising trials this time in. She showed good improvement from her first to second trial, and we were delighted with the way she worked through the line in her most recent outing two weeks ago. She looks super at the outset of this campaign and is nicely muscled as she kicks off her preparation. Amy will be positive from her outside draw in barrier 13 to hopefully get across into a more favourable position close to the rail where she can travel comfortably in the run. Her two wins in Ireland to date have come over a mile, so whilst we know she will improve as she gets out over further 1300 metres isn't an unrealistic starting point and she should be able to travel comfortably enough in the run. Amy takes a valuable 2kgs off her back, and whilst she's conceding race fitness to some smart rivals she's sharp enough to do herself justice first-up and we expect the to be staying on strongly at the finish to get her preparation off to an encouraging start.SIR LUCAN (Race 8, 3.05pm, 2400m, A Hyeronimus, 58kg)Sir Lucan was disappointing last week. It was a bit of a headscratcher following his terrific display at Newcastle, but he does mix his form and the Heavy track conditions at Randwick can also race differently to Newcastle which drains very well. He was also forced to go an extra week between runs, and he might just be looking for further at this stage in the preparation. As such, we expect him to relish stretching out in distance to 2400 metres fourth-up here and the track's rated a Soft 6 at the time of writing, so whilst there's a bit of rain forecast conditions should hopefully be more to his liking. He has come through last week's run in good shape, and he hasn’t left an oat which is always a positive sign that we look for when backing horses up seven-days later. Adam will be positive from barrier 8 to get him into a position where he can get into a nice flowing rhythm and travel well within himself. This isn't the strongest renewal of this race so it looks like a good opportunity for him to bounce back to his best, so we are hopeful that he can do just that and be challenging at the finish.YOUTH SPIRIT (Race 8, 3.05pm, 2400m, A McLucas, 53.5kg)We were disappointed with Youth Spirit’s performance at Randwick two weeks ago. However, he pulled up lame and we feel that you can be forgiving of his performance. We know he’s looking for further, so he should relish the step up in distance to 2400 metres here third-up and we have increased the intensity and duration of his gallops ahead of this run to ensure his fitness is right up to the mark. Amy gets a terrific tune out of our horses, and she'll get him rolling along from barrier 9 and focus on getting him into a good rhythm where he can travel comfortably within himself. This isn't the strongest Listed race you'll ever see, and he's got a lovely light weight with just 53.5kg on his back so we hope he can put his best foot forward and show us he's capable of being competitive in this grade.I’MINTOWIN (Race 9, 3.45pm, 1500m, A McLucas, 61.5kg)I’mintowin is in great shape ahead of his first-up run. We were very pleased with the improvement he has shown from each of his trials, and we were delighted with his most recent outing at Randwick where he kept finding down the straight to finish strongly through the line. His three trials this time in have given him a good level of conditioning, and he won first-up over 1500 metres last preparation in a similar contest to this so we aren't concerned about starting him off at this sort of trip. He has drawn well in barrier 6, and Amy will look to use this to his advantage and get him rolling along to try and make his own luck from the front, or close to it. Amy’s two kilo claim is a big advantage and brings him down in the weights to 59.5kg, and he's a talented gelding who's capable of defying it. He's resuming in a competitive race against some unexposed types who are open to further improvement and have race fitness on his side, but he's ready to do himself justice and if he puts his best foot forward he will be difficult to run down.SATURDAY 15TH JUNE – EAGLE FARM Rail Position: RAIL - +4.5m EntireGOLDMAN (Race 4, 1.28pm, 3200m, R Bayliss, 57kg)Goldman ran another gallant race in his most recent start at Eagle Farm and he’s been a model of consistency so far this campaign. Again, he seemed to be outsprinted from the top of the straight over 2400 metres on his most recent outing but to his credit he doesn’t know how to run a bad race and battled bravely yet again to finish in the placings in a very competitive field. As such, although he is yet to race over a trip this far we are confident that he will stay and thrive over the 3200 metres. He continues to love life in the Queensland sunshine and he looks terrific ahead of his Grand Final. Regan knows him very well and whilst barrier 11 isn’t ideal, he will be positive from there to hopefully get across into a more favourable position close to the rail where he can travel comfortably. He desperately deserves to get his head back in front this time in, and we are hopeful that he can put it all together here and do just that. KNIGHTS ORDER (Race 4, 1.28pm, 3200m, T Clark, 59kg)Knights Order has come through his most recent outing in good shape and although he has been disappointing in his last two starts he retains plenty on enthusiasm in his track work each morning and belies his ageing years. He’s looked very dour in his last two starts and we are hopeful that this further step up in distance to 3200 metres will provide the race set-up and conditions that enable him to thrive. We've put the blinkers on to ensure he's focused and try and eke out some extra improvement, and he wore them with success in his early days in Australia so hopefully they have the desired effect. He's had a wonderful career and given us so many excellent days, so we are hopeful that he can put his best foot forward here and show us that he is still capable of being competitive at this level.INVINCIBLE SPY (Race 5, 2.03pm, 1600m, R Bayliss, 57kg)Invincible Spy is thriving at present. He has been in tremendous form this preparation, winning his last two starts including when battling on gamely in the closing stages in his most recent outing at Randwick to score in a very competitive race. He had none other than subsequent Queensland Oaks winner Socks Nation behind him on that occasion, so the form has been well and truly franked. He's now won four of his six career starts, so he's building a terrific winning record and deserves to take his chance in a race of this calibre. He has settled into our base at Eagle Farm extremely well since his arrival, and whilst dropping back in distance at this stage in the preparation is not our usual preference this is a good opportunity for him to compete against his own age group in Group 3 company. Regan knows our horses well and will be positive from barrier 7 to try and repeat the successful front-running tactics that were deployed in his last two starts, as he appears to relish dictating the tempo of the contest to suit himself. As you would expect this is a competitive race, but he’s a progressive colt who tries exceptionally hard and this will take him a long way.CONVERGE (Race 9, 4.30pm, 2200m, T Clark, 59kg)Converge was excellent in his most recent outing at Doomben and showed plenty of his old spark to finish in a strong second place. He peaked on his run late in the testing ground conditions, and with the track currently rated a Good 4 we expect the better underfoot conditions predicted here to be much more to his liking. He’s taken further fitness benefit from the run, and whilst he's untested at 2200 metres we're hopeful the further rise in trip third-up will bring about additional improvement. He’s relishing the warmer Queensland climate and loves going to the beach, so he is in a terrific headspace ahead of this outing. Tim knows him inside out and will be positive from barrier 8 to get him rolling along into a position where he can get into a good rhythm. As you would expect, this is a very competitive race but he’s starting to hit his straps and we are hopeful that he can put up a bold show in this valuable contest.SUNDAY 16TH JUNE – SEYMOURRail Position: RAIL - Out 3m Entire CircuitROYAL MULE (Race 7, 3.20pm, 1600m, J McNeil, 59kg)Royal Mule’s rider thought she didn’t appreciate the deteriorating track conditions first-up at Pakenham so whilst Seymour is currently rated a Soft 7, we’re hopeful it will dry out between now and Sunday afternoon. She’s come through that first-up effort in good shape though, and she strips fitter and tighter in condition ahead of this outing. We expect the rise in distance to 1600 metres to play to her strengths and bring about improvement second-up, and the slightly steadier tempo of this longer contest should enable her to get into a comfortable rhythm in the middle stages of the race. She won second-up last campaign so we know she improves with a run under her belt, and Jye will be positive from the barriers to try and make his own luck from the front. It’s a competitive enough race for the grade, but she’s capable of making her presence known and we hope to see her fighting out the finish.


Stable Spotlight

Fastnet Fillies Rock & You Get The Lot

The next group of owners to race a stakes winning FASTNET ROCK filly, and later offer her off the track as a broodmare prospect, are going to "get the LOT".


We think we have just the yearling filly in our care by FASTNET ROCK out of a winning LONHRO mare and she still has 40% remaining to fulfill her ownership.


What We Know:

You see, we know that Fastnet Rock has been an Australian Champion Sire on multiple occasions. His class is now being carried through his daughters where this season 2023/24 he is set to be crowned Australian Champion Broodmare Sire for the very first time, a title held by either Redoute's Choice or Encosta De Lago over the past 8 seasons, and Danehill and Zabeel before that. 


We have felt the positive effects of his classy daughters first hand, the two best 2YOs in our stable this season, Group 1 Golden Slipper winner LADY OF CAMELOT & Magic Millions winner and Group 1 Golden Slipper 3rd STORM BOY, are both out of Fastnet Rock mares. Platinum Jubilee is another, the $3.5m racefilly sold from our stable at last week's Magic Millions Broodmare Sale.


Of course breeders have full appreciation for Fastnet Rock as a broodmare sire and are willing to pay handsomely for his daughters in the marketplace, for all levels of racetrack performance. Importantly the breeders with some of the deepest pockets, those with equity in Australia's two highest priced stallions I AM INVINCIBLE & ZOUSTAR, are chasing Fastnet Rock mares as they are proving potent when crossed with their own successful stallions:


Zoustar/Fastnet Rock mares = 

  • 51 runners
  • 40 winners (78.4% winners to runners)
  • 6 stakes winners (12% stakes winners to runners)
  • 11 stakes horses (22% stakes horses to runners)
  • 3 Group 1 winners - Joliestar, Zougotcha & Climbing Star

Note: 50% Group 1 winners to Stakes winners is incredible & three of Zoustar's 7 Australian Group 1 winners are out of Fastnet Rock mares.


I Am Invincible/Fastnet Rock mares = 

  • 54 runners
  • 41 winners (76% winners to runners)
  • 4 stakes winners (7.4% stakes winners to runners)
  • 15 stakes horses (28% stakes horses to runners)

Fastnet Rock's potency with Justify should be noted also, given his success across all continents and Coolmore's global business approach.


Justify/Fastnet Rock mares = 

  • 19 runners
  • 14 winners (74% winners to runners)
  • 4 stakes winners (21% stakes winners to runners)
  • 5 stakes horses (26% stakes horses to runners)
Note: including Justify's best Australian colt and filly to date; Storm Boy & Learning To Fly.

Supply Constraints:

The only problem for breeders in hot pursuit of Fastnet's daughters is, supply. Only two Fastnet mares were offered at the Inglis Chairman's Sale:

  • $450,000 for Rocket Science - a two time winner and 4th in a Group 3 in foal to Justify
  • $525,000 for Star Rockette - unraced and in foal to Kingman

At Magic Millions only three young mares by Fastnet Rock were offered as maidens off the track or in foal for the first time:

  • $120,000 for Fastina - off the track where she had had two starts for a 5th and a 7th
  • $370,000 for Exile - a winner at Kyneton in foal to Street Boss
  • $220,000 for Tapestries - unraced and in foal to Pinatubo


What You May Not Know:

Unfortunately the shortage of young Fastnet Rock mares for sale in Australia is only going to get worse. At the age of 23 last season, Fastnet Rock failed to achieve a pregnancy and Coolmore have since pensioned their Champion stallion.


His fertility was declining ahead of his pension and in the last two breeding seasons Fastnet Rock has produced just 16 fillies according to the Australian Studbook:

  • Born in 2023 - current foals = 5 fillies
  • Born in 2022 - current yearlings = 11 fillies

What a talented racing daughter of Fastnet Rock could make off the track at auction is anyone's guess, and unfortunately we won't know anytime soon as his stakes winning daughters in Australia over the past three seasons (4) are already controlled by leading Australian breeders:


PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE - GSA Bloodstock (Jonathan Munz)

SNEAKY FIVE - Rosemont Stud

HELLFEST - Godolphin

BRIGHT BLUE SKY - unfortunately passed away for Te Akau


Our job therefore, is to race the next top performing filly by Fastnet Rock out of Tulloch Lodge so we can find out and, just as importantly, send this great racehorse and stallion out with a bang.

VIDEO: YEARLING SPOTLIGHT - Fastnet Rock x Archangel '22 Filly

Gai, Adrian, Bruce and Emma preview the beautiful Fastnet Rock x Archangel filly in this week's 'Yearling Spotlight' video below.

The long and the short of it is that a filly like this is in limited supply (on of 16), and she is the best & highest rated Fastnet Rock filly we have seen at the yearling sales in the last three years.

As you have seen from the 2024 broodmare sale results above, she has a good base of residual value to fall back on, but we think she can do much better than that. This Fastnet Rock filly is one we have loved all the way through and she is currently in the stable awaiting your inspection.

Fastnet Rock x Archangel '22 Filly

  • Purchase Price: $300,000 Magic Millions 
  • Shares Available: 40% available
  • Raised at: Coolmore
  • Expected Racing Profile: Lovely style of filly with the strength to come early, and the scope to make a Guineas filly as a 3YO.
  • Colours: Gold, Purple Star, Gold And White Stars Sleeves, Purple Cap.
  • Education Progress: In for her second education preparation at Randwick.
  • Sireline: By Champion Sire and Broodmare Sire, Fastnet Rock. Think fillies by this incredible stallion like Atlantic Jewel, Mosheen, Shoals, First Seal, Catchy, Amicus amongst his 23 Group 1 winning daughters.
  • Damline: From a Lonhro mare who comes from a very fast, good looking/selling and current Australian family via Sretan Angel. 
  • The Cross: Fastnet Rock has had 7 fillies run out of Lonhro mares for 3 (43%) stakes performed fillies and 2 stakes winning fillies (29%) - proper ones too in SERENE MAJESTY & BRIGHT BLUE SKY.
  • See her sales page and pedigree here.
  • View footage of her walking here.

Watch her gallop from Tuesday morning here (please note she is furthest from the camera).

For more information or to reserve your share in a filly that we think will sell out this time in, please contact our friendly bloodstock team:

*Please note Claudia Fitzgerald  (Miller) is currently on annual leave

We look forward to the challenge of making this lovely daughter of Fastnet Rock a Group 1 winner, let alone a stakes winner.

Let's make it happen,

Gai & Adrian

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