Fastnet back in the spotlight at Millions
JUST hours after siring the A$2million Magic Millions 2yo Classic winner Driefontein, Fastnet Rock was back in the limelight, this time as the sire of the top lot during the fourth and final select session of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale in Australia.
The colt will join the stable of leading Queensland trainer Bevan Laming after selling for A$370,000 (£249,235/€301,101). Offered by Coolmore Stud, he is out of the multiple winning Polish Patriot mare Freckled Face and a half-brother to Laming's Group 3 winner Face Value.
"He's a nice strong colt who is very athletic and looks a great prospect," Laming said.
Fastnet Rock: yearlings averaged A$255,370 at Magic MillionsPICTURE: Getty Images
"Obviously I had a lot of success with his half brother Face Value and this bloke is a bit bigger.
"He's probably not the style of horse for the 2YO Classic next year, but he could make a later two-year-old.
"There is a lot happening in the family at the moment with Halle Rocks and Diamond Earth - Halle Rocks in particular should add some black type there."
Although no horse broke through the million dollar barrier, the gross fell just shy of last year's figure at A$62.57 million.
However, the average for 492 lots sold rose by just over A$3,500 to $127,175 (£85,666/€103,493) while the clearance rate finished on a par with last year at 84 per cent.
The median price of A$100,000 was A$10,000 higher than the same session 1-4 sale last year.
"We're thrilled with the figures for the sale," Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said.
"The story of the sale is the clearance and the median price. The clearance rate is outstanding and this will grow over the next dayor so.
"And the average price has increased on last year's figures - so all in all we're very happy.
"Demand on the quality lots was strong and many vendors returned some positive results."
Redoute's Choice ended the sale as leading sire with eight sold for an average of A$356,250 ahead of Fastnet Rock, whose 27 yearlings sold averaged A$255,370.
The partnership of Gai Waterhouse and James Harron Bloodstock were the leading buyers, paying A$5,532,500 for 22 yearlings.