Therock has found a new home in Victoria after serving his first book of mares at Waterford Stud in WA last year.
Bombora Downs has signed Therock to stand for a $3,850 (inc gst) fee. That’s a sizable reduction on the $6,050 (inc gst) Sunspeed breeders paid for his services in 2011.
Waterford Stud has scaled down its roster in the last twelve months. Mosayter (Storm Cat) transferred to NSW and Cardinal Virtue (Elusive Quality) returned to training with David Payne at Rosehill after covering his first mares there last year.
Successful WA breeders Glenn and Kathy Money are also looking to relocate their stallion Akhenaton (Snippets). The Moneys stood champion sire Beau Sovereign (NZ) in the 1970s and 1980s.
Therock (5h Fastnet Rock – Bumps by Scenic) was trained by Gerald Ryan for wins at Warwick Farm and Rosehill in October 2009. He was nominated for that year’s New Zealand 2000 Guineas but a trip cross the Tasman was abandoned when it was found the colt had pulled up sore after the Rosehill victory.
He resumed work after an extended spell in May 2010 but was unplaced in five subsequent starts.
Therock was a $370,000 purchase as a foal at the 2007 Magic Millions National Sale. His sire Fastnet Rock has taken the Australian breeding industry by storm and his dam Bumps is an unraced half-sister to G2 VRC Maribyrnong Plate winner Catnipped (Rory’s Jester).
Earlier this week, Bombora Downs announced it had signed Redoute’s Choice winner Best Choice to stand at its Mornington peninsula property in 2012.