Fastnet Rock double in G1 BTC Cup

Gooree Stud homebred Your Song turned in an explosive performance to thrash a quality field in the G1 BTC Cup (1200m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Your Song (3c Fastnet Rock – Zembu by Fuji Kiseki) is the 13th Group 1 winner for Coolmore Stud champion Fastnet Rock.  “I told Mr Cojuangco (Gooree Stud) he was a Group 1 horse but it’s just taken me a bit longer than I thought to prove it,” trainer Anthony Cummings said.  “He will press on to the Doomben 10,000 and Stradbroke Handicap.”

Fastnet Rock sired last year’s BTC Cup winner Sea Siren and, overall, he has been represented by 45 stakes winners of 86 stakes races.

Given the run of the race by Peter Robl, Your Song surged away over the concluding stages to win as he pleased in the heavy conditions from Rain Affair (Commands) and Better Than Ready (More Than Ready).

Robl has been aboard Your Song in five of his previous six starts and was thrilled with the win.  “He’s a beautiful animal and has a beautiful attitude,” he said.  “He’s been A1 since he arrived at Anthony’s and I just hope he can win a few more Group 1 races.”

Your Song is the best of two winners from metropolitan winning Japanese bred mare Zembu.  Second dam Wanice (Mr Prospector) is a half-sister to champion racehorse Fantastic Light.

Gooree Stud bought into the family when Eduardo Cojuangco purchased Zembu from Arrowfield Stud for $450,000 at the 2001 Inglis Easter yearling sale.  She won on debut as a January juvenile at Moonee Valley but failed to salute in another 7 starts.

Zembu has a yearling brother to Your Song already named Silent Oath.  The mare’s latest foal is a filly by Street Sense.

Coolmore Stud will stand Fastnet Rock for an Australian high $275,000 (inc gst) service fee this year.