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Fastnet Rock to shuttle for first Irish season
COOLMORE Australia's hardworking stallion protégé Fastnet Rock is to stand in Ireland this year, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
He is currently the leading second-season sire in his homeland, and his progeny include this season's Group 1 Thousand Guineas winner Irish Lights. He stood in 2009 at an advertised fee of A$60,500, more than that commanded by Rock Of Gibraltar.
Fastnet Rock was a champion sprinter in his three-year-old season, winning two races at each of Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3level over 5f and 6f.
The son of Danehill covered 272 mares in the southern hemisphere season, making him the busiest sire in Australia, but he will be far less active in his first stud season in Ireland.
Michael Kirwan, manager of Coolmore Australia, said: "We're talking about him covering between 50 and 60 mares at Coolmore in Ireland. It will be a good starting point for Fastnet Rock, and being a son of Danehill from a Royal Academy mare makes his pedigree most familiar with European breeders."
"John Magnier believed the stallion would attract some good mares in Europe following his success in Australia during the current racing season."