Inglis Easter Round 2 provided an excellent buyer’s market, and DGR’s Duncan Ramage struck gold when securing this athletic colt by sire supreme, Fastnet Rock. “With the world gripped in COVID-19 restrictions, there was, without a doubt, a hand brake on this sale.
Purchased for a little under service fee, this colt was a genuine bargain for what you are getting in the package; pedigree, physicality and from a leading nursery,” said Duncan.
Fastnet Rock has continued his rich vein of form into the spring carnival, siring Group 1 VRC Oaks winner Personal on Thursday, followed by unbeaten two-year-old filly Sneaky Five who took out the $1 million ATC Golden Gift at Rosehill.
Fastnet Rock is the sire of 40 individual Group One winners and has twice been awarded the title of Champion Australian Sire.
Acclaimed for his ability to produce top horses across the board, he has sired six Group One-winning two-year-olds since the start of 2016.
With Fastnet Rock commanding the second (equal) highest service fee in Australia in 2020 (A$165,000), this colt indeed represents exceptional value.
Adding further weight to his pedigree is his stakes-winning dam, Alberton Park. By renowned Broodmare Sire Thorn Park, she won seven races between 1010 and 1350 metres. She got up to run at two, broke her maiden as a spring three-year-old and won the Listed ATC June Stakes at Rosehill (plus clocked up numerous Stakes placings).
All four of Alberton Park’s progeny to race are winners, including Flying Lover; a four-time winner between 1150 and 1200 metres in Hong Kong/Australia. She is also the dam of five-time Australian winner Acoustix, two-year-old winner in Japan, Classic Cocoa, plus Australian winner Be Brilliant.
This colt’s family is rich in blacktype with Group One winner Wyndspelle and Group Two winners Te Akau Rose, Alberton Star and Sir Alberton appearing in this colt’s immediate family. G1 ATC Doncaster Handicap winner Brutal is also a close relation.
Equipped with an impeccable pedigree, Duncan Ramage believes this colt has all the physical attributes to make a successful racehorse, “He is a very athletic style of Fastnet Rock, less coarse than some you see, and the dam has produced the winners of multiple races in many leading racing jurisdictions including Hong Kong, Japan and here at home in Australia.”
“They probably inherit enduring toughness from their fast Thorn Park dam and the whole family is like this. I envisage this is the type of colt who will rack up a lot of wins and, with the talent producing gene of Fastnet Rock behind him, there is no limit to how good he might become,” said Duncan.
To add to the winning recipe, the last yearling by Fastnet Rock that Duncan purchased was G1 Coolmore Flight Stakes winner First Seal; the only horse to beat Winx on multiple occasions.
This colt has just completed a six week stint with trainers Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr at Caulfield and will head to the paddock for a freshen before commencing his next training preparation.