Larneuk Stud has signed Fastnet Rock’s Group 2 winner Cluster to join its Euroa roster in 2015.
Cluster showed more than his share of ability during a short but brilliant career. So well regarded, he was entered for the G3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) second time out and ran right up to expectations with an impressive second to Va Pensiero.
Stepped up to 1600m a month later in Melbourne, he ran third in the G2 Bill Stutt Stakes beaten by Divine Calling and Shamus Award with Victoria Derby winner Polanski finishing fourth.
Cluster (Fastnet Rock – Tarcoola Diamond by Last Tycoon) resumed as a late season three year-old for a 9 length kill at Kembla Grange and then he doubled up in a sprint at Rosehill. Trainer Peter Snowden set sight on the G2 Theo Marks Stakes (1400m) and his colt responded again with a barnstorming finish.
“Full credit to the horse – he was way back on the home turn and not going anywhere,” Snowden said. “But he has a massive amount of acceleration and we saw a bit of that today.”
Cluster won the Theo Marks at his 10th start but his career was over within weeks due to injury. “He’s an absolutely gorgeous horse,” Larneuk studmaster Neville Murdoch said. “We think he will really appeal to Victorian breeders…a magnificent type with great scope, strength and presence.”
Cluster is one of Fastnet Rock’s 74 stakes winners and is from Listed winner Tarcoola Diamond. She is also the dam of the stakes placed Inkling and the multiple city winners Diamond Jim and Novikov. Her second-dam is G1 AJC Champagne Stakes winner I Like Diamonds.
“It is a great family chock-full of speed,” Murdoch added. “Danehill, Last Tycoon and Bletchingly are all great influences and he is a horse who looks ideal for the VOBIS schemes.”
Cluster stands at a debut fee of $6,600 (inc gst) and limited shares are available. For further information contact Neville Murdoch on 0418 105 706.