Fastnet Rock trio booked to Galileo

Atlantic Jewel is the third Group 1 winning Fastnet Rock mare booked into Galileo at Coolmore Stud’s Irish headquarters next year.

ATLANTIC JEWEL (5m Fastnet Rock – Regard by Zabeel) was scratched from this Saturday’s G1 Cox Plate at Moonee Valley after aggravating a tendon injury at trackwork.

“It’s devastating news, particularly for Mark Kavanagh and his team, given how hard they had worked to nurse her back to full fitness,” Coolmore Stud’s Michael Kirwan said.  “It’s been a privilege to be associated with such a wonderful racehorse.”

Australian Group 1 winners Nechita and Sea Siren will also be covered by Galileo to northern hemisphere time in 2014.

NECHITA (4m Fastnet Rock – Artistique by Peintre Celebre) hasn’t raced since winning the G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington 12 months ago.  She was part of the Patinack Farm dispersal at the Magic Millions National Sale in May and made $1.55 million to the bid of Coolmore Stud’s Tom Magnier.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien entered Nechita for the Abergwaun Stakes at Tipperary in August but the mare did not fulfil that engagement.

SEA SIREN (5m Fastnet Rock – Express A Smile by Success Express) cost Coolmore Stud a reported $2 million after an Australian career that included Group 1 wins in the BTC Cup, Doomben 10,000 and MVRC Manikato Stakes.

She originally raced for Sunspeed breeder Keith Biggs before changing hands and then won the LR Belgrave Stakes at Fairyhouse in July.

Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) stands for a ‘private fee’ at Coolmore Stud.  The cost of a cover was last advertised in 2008 when it reached the equivalent of AUD 376,000.

– Karl Patterson