Best of the best by Fastnet Rock

Coolmore champion Fastnet Rock set the Gold Coast Magic Millions alight on Thursday afternoon with a $960,000 colt that was purchased by leading bloodstock agent James Bester.

Catalogued as Lot 265, the Fastnet Rock – Rose Of Cimmaron colt is the first foal out of a winning sister to the dam of G2 QTC Cup winner Varenna Miss (Redoute’s Choice).

The colt was sold by Edinburgh Park studmaster Ian Smith who is best known for breeding world champion sprinter Silent Witness.

The most expensive Fastnet Rock yearling to date has been the colt from Popsy that made $1 million at the 2010 NZ Bloodstock yearling sale to the bid of Singapore owner Jayven See.  He went on to win the G1 NZ 2000 Guineas earlier this season racing as Rock ‘N’ Pop.

Rock ‘N’ Pop is the 8th Group 1 winner for Fastnet Rock following Wanted (Newmarket Hcp), Irish Lights (Thousand Guineas), Rock Classic (Australian Guineas), Lone Rock (Goodwood Hcp), Atlantic Jewel (Thousand Guineas), Mosheen (VRC Oaks) and Planet Rock (NZ 1000 Guineas).

His unbeaten colt Driefontein is the $3 favourite for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic this Saturday.

Fastnet Rock is the most expensive stallion on Coolmore’s Australian roster at $132,000.  He was also the busiest stallion in Australia during the last southern season with a book of 214 mares.

Fastnet Rock reverse shuttles to Coolmore’s Irish headquarters and covered 150 mares there last year.  He flew out for a third northern season on December 20.