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Fathsta - York - 09/10/2009

Fathsta (centre): the top handicap sprinter is by ex-Rathasker sire Fath

  PICTURE: Martin Lynch  

Ex-Rathasker sire Fath off the mark down under

WEST AUSTRALIAN-based Danzig sire Fath has started his southern hemisphere career where he left off in Europe.

Fath stands at Westbury Park in Coolup and his first starter Keep Fath won the Cup Tickets 2YO over 5½f at Ascot in Australia on Saturday.

Keep Fath, out of the Bletchley Park mare Break The Code, is trained by Neville Parnham for the MPM Racing Syndicate. She was catalogued for the 2011 Perth Magic Millions but failed to reach a A$15,000 reserve.

The MPM Syndicate raced her dam Break The Code to a Northam maiden victory in 2005 and the Ascot winner is her first named foal.

Fath sired 93 winners of 286 races in Europe while based at Rathasker Stud in County Kildare. His bestnorthern-hemisphere performers are classy handicappers Don't Panic and Fathsta.

A homebred for Hamdan Al Maktoum, Fath was trained by Marcus Tregoning to finish a neck second to Primo Valentino in the Middle Park Stakes. He returnedat three to defeat fellow Shadwell Estates galloper Munir in the Group 3 Lennox Stakes at Goodwood.

Fath hails from a high-class Shadwell family. He is a brother to Dumaani, a stakes winner in England and Japan, and he is also a half-brother to 1,000 Guineas winner Shadayid.

Their dam Desirable (Lord Gayle) was a Group 1 winner of the Cheveley Park Stakes and she is a half-sister to the dam of Cape Cross.

Leading Sunspeed breeder James Miorada imported Fath to Australia. He stands for a A$6,600 (inc gst) fee alongside Startac (Theatrical) and Danetime's half-brother He's A Decoy (In The Wings) at Westbury Park.





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