Fastnet Rock (AUS)
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AUSTRALIAN SIRES’ CHAMPIONSHIP
With only ten more stakes races and just over three weeks of the current racing season to run, Coolmore’s Fastnet Rock (Danehill) looks set for a first Champion Sire of Australia title by earnings and stakes winners.
Fastnet Rock’s progeny have earned $12,223,006 in prize money and 31 stakes wins from 16 individual stakes winners. He is over $3million clear of his nearest rival and last year’s champion sire Lonhro (Octagonal) whose progeny have earned $9,164,253.
Fastnet Rock will become the fifth stallion in the last seven years to win the title, and the third son of Danehill (Danzig) to emulate their great sire who was champion sire on nine occasions. He will also become the first stallion since Encosta de Lago (Fairy King) in the 2007/08 season to finish the season with progeny earnings in excess of $10million.
Much has been written about the exploits of Fastnet Rock this season at stud, one that has seen his current crop of three-year-olds dominate including the Group One winners Atlantic Jewel, Foxwedge, Mosheen and Sea Siren.
Fastnet Rock completed the 2010/2011 season as the tenth leading sire by earnings and has made a notable rise with his progeny with well over double the prize money they earned this season. Other stallions to make significant upward moves this season include, Exceed And Excel (Danehill), currently eighth from 15th in 2010/11, Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice), ninth from 39th in 2010/11, Mossman (Success Express), 11th from 17th in 2010/11 and Magic Albert (Zeditave), 16th from 25th in 2010/11.
The closest contest in the leading sire honours is the race for Leading Sire of Australia by winners. Darley’s Commands (Danehill), who has won the title for the last two seasons, narrowly leads with 133 winners from his barn mate, Lonhro (Octagonal), who is currently on 128 winners. While Lonhro ($3,414,030) also looks set for his first Leading Sire of Two-Year-Olds honours by earnings with a clear advantage over Sniztel ($2,830,015).
Patinack Farm’s Casino Prince (Flying Spur) and Husson (Hussonet), are well clear in the First Season Sire Title of Australia by earnings with Casino Prince leading on $645,095 from Husson on $489,950.
Extract from ANZ Bloodstock News