Coolmore Stud champion Fastnet Rock has enjoyed some outstanding results at the 2013 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale posting his best ever sales average and providing five of the nine yearlings that sold for $1 million and upwards.
Fastnet Rock (Danehill) had 39 yearlings average $592,821, nearly doubling his average price at last year’s sale when 38 yearlings sold at an average $305,526. His stunning colt from Group 1 winner River Dove fetched $4 million for Cressfield when knocked down to Emirates Park.
Another highlight was the half-brother to champion sprinter Starspangledbanner that made $2.4 million for Tyreel as agent for Makybe when bought by John Warren for Coolmore/ China Horse Club.
And a glorious Fastnet filly from USA Group I winner Mani Bhavan (USA) made $1.55 million for Kia Ora Stud when secured by James Bester Bloodstock. She was the highest priced filly of the sale.
Also cracking seven figures was the colt from USA G2 winner Dream Play (USA) that made $1.5 million for Kia Ora Stud when purchased by Tom Magnier for Coolmore/ China Horse Club. And the filly from Park Esteem (Ire) offered by Cressfield was bought by Peter Moody for $1 million.
Already a champion sire in terms of racetrack results, Fastnet Rock is now proving himself a champion sire in commercial terms in the sale ring and he’s poised for even further success with his oldest northern hemisphere progeny due to race as two year-olds this year.
‘We have always had tremendous faith in Fastnet Rock as a sire right from the outset,” Coolmore’s Tom Magnier said after the Inglis Easter Sale. “We are obviously delighted at the success being enjoyed by so many breeders who shared our belief in him.
“It is particularly gratifying that those people are now being repaid both with success on the race track and, as particularly evidenced by the last couple of days, in the sale ring. He is a world-class sire as illustrated by the fact that investors from Europe, the Middle East and Far East, as well as domestic buyers, have supported his progeny with incredible conviction at this sale.
“He is covering outstanding mares in Europe at the moment and there is a truly international demand for his best progeny,” Magnier added. “We are racing two of his most sought after colts in conjunction with the China Horse Club and Teo Ah Khing and we are very proud of the strong affiliation that we have developed with them.
“Fastnet Rock is the ultimate source of commercial yearlings in Australasia and he has moved up to another level here. It’s fantastic for the sale, great for the breeders and the future is obviously very exciting.”