Coolmore Stud returns to the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale this year selling under its own banner after a long hiatus.
The 19 lots coming down from Jerry’s Plains are by High Chaparral (6), Encosta De Lago (4), Henrythenavigator (4), Fastnet Rock (2), Galileo (1), Dylan Thomas (1) and New Approach (1).
The Fastnet Rock duo are part of a much smaller draft compared to recent years at Oaklands Junction. Australia’s champion sire has 6 lots this year following 2012 (24 lots), 2011 (23 lots), 2010 (20 lots) 2009 (24 lots).
Fastnet Rock topped the Magic Millions and NZ Bloodstock Sales. Both were purchased by Coolmore on the look-out for stallion prospects – Tom Magnier paid $1.35 million to Lomar Park for its Gold Coast colt and $1.975 million for the Curraghmore Stud colt at Karaka.
The Melbourne connection has been a productive one for Fastnet Rock who was a G1 winner of the 2005 Oakleigh Plate and Lightning Stakes.
His top-class three year-old Super Cool won the G2 Autumn Classic at Caulfield last Saturday. The Mark Kavanagh trained gelding first rose to prominence in the G2 Moonee Valley Vase and connections are already looking towards the G1 W S Cox Plate in October.
The same meeting saw Fastnet Rock’s promising colt Fast ‘N’ Rocking chase home star filly Miracles of Life for second in the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield. A week earlier, his stablemate Casquets became the 41st stakes winner for Fastnet Rock when she captured the LR Talindert Stakes at Flemington.
Coolmore Stud has entered Fastnet Rock colts from Arborea (Lot 188) and Love All (Lot 493) for the Melbourne Premier Sale.
Arborea won the 1993 VRC Oaks – VATC Thousand Guineas double and her foals include South African / USA stakes winner Delta Form plus the dams of stakes winners Tai Tai Tess (LR Morphettville Guineas) and Drumbeats (G2 STC Shannon Stakes).
The Love All colt is a brother to G3 Newcastle Spring Stakes winner Lovemelikearock. The mare has also foaled South African stakes winner Lovetorn (Giant’s Causeway).