Coolmore stallion Fastnet Rock looking for more Group 1 glory

By: Mark Mazzaglia
July 29th, 2013

Coolmore stallion Fastnet Rock looks set to provide plenty of Stakes winners in the upcoming season with promising young horses Bull Point and Monkstone being aimed for Group 1 races in the Spring.

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Bull Point will be aimed for the Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington. Photo by Steve Hart.

Bull Point was a $960,000 Magic Millions purchase at the 2012 Gold Coast sales with Coolmore racing the colt in partnership with Go Bloodstock, Emmaroo Bloodstock, Mr R Mcclure, Mrs B M Mcclure, Selworthy Enterprises Pty Ltd.

Gai Waterhouse will set Bull Point (Fastnet Rock x Rose Of Cimmaron) for the Group 1 $500,000 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on on November 2.

While leading Melbourne trainer Peter Moody has his sights set on the Group 1 $1m BECK Caulfield Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 12 with last Saturday’s Caulfield winner Monkstone (Fastnet Rock x Catreign) who is also raced by Coolmore and the same group of partners as Bull Point.

Fastnet Rock sired the winners of three Group 1 races in the 2012 – 2013 racing season as well as four Group 2s and one Group 3.

Multiple Group 1 winning mare Sea Siren (Fastnet Rock x Express A Smile) continued on from her Group 1 double during the 2012 Brisbane Winter Carnival with a win in the Group 1 $1m Sportingbet Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley in the Spring.

Three year old filly Nechita (Fastnet Rock x Artistique) claimed her Group 1 win for trainer John Thompson and Patinack Farm taking out the Group 1 $500,000 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

And the Mark Kavanagh trained three year old Super Cool (Fastnet Rock x Queen Mother) beat the older weight for age horses in the Group 1 $1m Darley Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington during the Melbourne Autumn Carnival.

Waterhouse’s  two year old winner Bull Point could make it back to back wins in the Coolmore Stud Stakes following on from Nechita’s win last year.

The leading Randwick trainer was very impressed with Bull Point after the colt scored an easy three lengths win over 1200m at Rosehill on July 20 and is happy to miss the Group 1 $1m Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill on September 14 and head to Melbourne for the Coolmore Stud Stakes.

“He’s a very exciting colt and I loved the way he did it so stylishly,” Waterhouse said after the colt’s win.

”He won’t head to the Golden Rose – I’ve got enough Golden Rose horses.”

“He’ll head towards the Coolmore Stud Stakes and wouldn’t it be appropriate if he could win,” Waterhouse added.

Moody said there is still plenty of improvement in Monkstone after the $1 million yearling scored an impressive win over 1200m at Caulfield on Saturday at his second race start and will now prepare him for the Spring.

“He’s run enormous both times and hasn’t travelled in either run,” Moody said.

“He’s a bit deceiving at home because he’s so laid back horse, he has a great attitude. If anything he’s too relaxed.

“But, he comes to the races and puts his game face on. Wait until he gets out over 1400 metres or a mile.”

“He’s a million dollar colt with a hell of a pedigree, so he’ll be aimed towards the main races and progress through the Guineas Preludes to the Caulfield Guineas.”

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