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Gai Waterhouse | Gai Waterhouse News 58621 Stable Spotlight Fastnet Fillies Rock You Get The Lot

Fastnet Fillies Rock & You Get The Lot

Thu, Jun 6, 2024

(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