Fascinating Rock: dual Group 3 winner is by Fastnet RockPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
No Ireland return for shuttler Fastnet Rock
FASTNET ROCK, who has shuttled between Coolmore's Irish and Australian bases since 2010, has not returned to Fethard in County Tipperary for the current breeding season.
The Danehill stallion, whose oldest European-bred crop turned four this year, has sired several notable runners, including last year's Ballysax Stakes and Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes winner Fascinating Rock as well as maiden scorer Cougar Mountain, who finished fifth of the 13 runners on his second start in the July Cup for Aidan O'Brien last season.
Fastnet Rock, who has sired 18 individual Group 1 winners, is a former champion sire in Australia where leading lights include Atlantic Jewel, Mosheen and Sea Siren.
He covered 85 mares during the northern hemisphere breeding season last year, compared with 193 in 2013 and 183 in 2012.