Waikato Stud signs Rock ‘N’ Pop

Waikato Stud has signed Fastnet Rock’s Group 1 winning son Rock ‘N’ Pop to join its stallion roster in 2013.

“I identified Rock ‘N’ Pop as a young horse and, just like his boom sire Fastnet Rock, he has gone from strength to strength,” Waikato Stud’s Mark Chittick said.  “It’s hard to be more impressive than a great looking G1 son of Australia’s Champion sire Fastnet Rock, who is out of a dual G1 winning Sir Tristram mare.

“Rock ‘N’ Pop fits our tried and true criteria brilliantly,” Chittick added.  “He is now considered one of the highest rated stallion prospects available in Australasia.”

A million dollar yearling, Rock ‘N’ Pop showed ability from day one, winning on debut for the Te Akau Rock ‘n’ Pop Syndicate.  Emerging as the very best of his generation, he arrived as a tour de force in the G1 NZ Two Thousand Guineas, unleashing a scintillating turn of foot that left his rivals reeling.

“In the 27 years that we’ve been running Te Akau, we haven’t had a better miler,” syndicate manager David Ellis said.  “The 2000 Guineas was the easiest Group 1 win I have ever seen.”

Rock ‘N’ Pop (4h Fastnet Rock – Popsy by Sir Tristram) counts 1993 New Zealand Derby as his dam and he was subsequently set for the 2012 classic and lost no admirers with a gritty second on a slow track to outstanding O’Reilly filly Silent Achiever.

“The NZ Derby showed that he had enormous courage, tenacity and the ability to go from 1200m to 2400m,” Ellis remarked.

Rock ‘N’ Pop was subsequently sent to champion trainer Gai Waterhouse and will be set for the G1 Doncaster Mile at Sydney autumn carnival.  He will join a Waikato line-up that includes champion sires O’Reilly, Pins and Savabeel.

Fastnet Rock Group 1 winner to stand at Waikato Stud