Fascinating Rocks in G3 Ballysax for Fastnet
April 12, 2014
Many believe that Fastnet Rock is set for an outstanding season in Europe and he looks to have a live Classic contender in Fascinating Rock (3c Fastnet Rock-Miss Polaris, by Polar Falcon) following the colt’s G3 Ballysax Stakes win at Navan on Saturday.
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Fastnet Rock’s damsire Royal Academy is by Nijinsky II. He works very well with STORM CAT, who mirrors his Northern Dancer / Bull Page cross. Daughters of sires such as HENNESSY, JOHANNESBURG, CATRAIL and TALE OF THE CAT look great underneath Fastnet Rock’s pedigree.
The BLUSHING GROOM line is also worth exploiting for Fastnet Rock. He is in the pedigree of Danehill Gr. One winners Arena, Intercontinental, Banks Hill and North Light. In addition, he works very well with Nijinsky II in Fastnet Rock. Blushing Groom can be sourced in mares by QUEST FOR FAME, NOVERRE, FANTASTIC LIGHT, NASSIPOUR, ARAZI, URGENT REQUEST, REDDING, VISCOUNT and SPECTRUM.
MR. PROSPECTOR line mares are particularly appealing, with Danehill having produced Group 1 winners such as Flying Spur, Rumplestiltskin, Regal Rose, Laisserfaire, Scintillation and Miss Danehill from Mr. Prospector line mares. Australasian broodmare sires such as HUSSONET, RHYTHM, WOODMAN, STRAIGHT STRIKE, UMATILLA, GEIGER COUNTER, BELLOTTO, EL MOXIE, JADE ROBBERY, DISTORTED HUMOR, END SWEEP, INFLATE, VETTORI, THUNDER GULCH and SECRET SAVINGS are good candidates.
VAIN works well with Fastnet Rock’s sire, Danehill. Danehill and his sons have Group 1 winners Stratum, Danelagh, Danglissa and Arlington Road with Vain in their dams’ pedigrees.
Danehill’s Australian Group performers such as Elvstroem, Ha Ha, Catbird, Merlene, Redoute’s Choice, Danelagh, Mr. Murphy, King of Danes, Shovhog, Fairy King Prawn, Camarena, Danbird, Dashing Eagle, Dane Ripper, Danzero, Special Dane, Shovoff, Danelagh, Confer, Mannington, Springsteen and Platinum Scissors all have STAR KINGDOM through their dams. MARSCAY, LUSKIN STAR, BLETCHINGLY and CANNY LAD in particular have had great success with Danehill. Being sons of Biscay, Bletchingly and Marscay create a sex balanced duplication when brought together with daughter Biscalowe in Fastnet Rock.
Danehill’s sire Danzig is from the family of ROCKEFELLA and Star Kingdom’s grandson, BLETCHINGLY, who appears in the pedigrees of several of Danehill’s top stakes winners including Redoute’s Choice, Special Dane and West Point.
New Zealand based sire SOVEREIGN EDITION, appears in the pedigrees of Danehill’s Group One winners Shovhog, Magic of Sydney, Dane Ripper and Daney Boy.
KENMARE is also successful with this line. Grey Lilas (Gr 1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp) and local star Faith Hill are products of a Danehill / Kenmare cross. Kenmare will also appreciate the presence of Twig Moss in Fastnet Rock, as they have worked well together in the past.
HALO line broodmares are great candidates for mating with Fastnet Rock. A close relation to Northern Dancer (to which Fastnet Rock is inbred) as well as Danehill, he can be sourced via DON’T SAY HALO, FUJI KISEKI, MORE THAN READY, RON BON, IRGUN and SUNDAY SILENCE. VRC Australian Guineas winner Al Maher is by Danehill out of a Don’t Say Halo mare.
Similarly, MACHIAVELLIAN line mares also contribute to the female family of Northern Dancer. He can be sourced via EL MOXIE, STREET CRY and VETTORI mares.
GR.1 PERFORMER AT 2 YEARS
2ndPago Pago Stakes - Gr.2, 1200m., Rosehill beaten ½ length by Genius And Evil.
2ndSkyline Stakes - Gr.3, 1200m., Canterbury beaten ½ length by Dance Hero.
3rdSires’ Produce Stakes - Gr.1, 1400m., Randwick beaten 2 lengths by Dance Hero and Wager.
4thGolden Slipper Stakes - Gr.1, 1200m., Rosehill beaten 2 lengths by Dance Hero, Charge Forward and Alinghi.
CHAMPION SPRINTER AT 3 YEARS
1stLightning Stakes - Gr.1, 1000m., Flemington by a neck from Alinghi and Cape of Good Hope.
1stOakleigh Plate - Gr.1, 1100m., Caulfield by a neck from Segments & Legally Bay.
1stUp And Coming Stakes - Gr.2, 1200m., Warwick Farm by 3 lengths from Dane Shadow and Public Opinion.
1stLinlithgow Stakes - Gr.2, 1200m., Flemington by 1½ lengths from Super Impressive and Recurring.
1stRoman Consul Stakes - Gr.3, 1200m., Warwick Farm by 2¾ lengths from Charge Forward and Star Cat.
1stRory’s Jester Plate - Gr.3, 1200m., Flemington by ½ a length from Brannigan and Assafa.
2ndT.J. Smith Stakes – Gr.1, 1200m, Randwick beaten a neck by Shamekha with Only Words third.
2ndNewmarket H’cap – Gr.1, 1200m, Flemington beaten 1¼ lengths by Alinghi with Foreplay third.
2ndSan Domenico Stakes – Gr.2, 1000m, Randwick beaten a nose by Charge Forward with Dance Hero third.