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Fastnet Rock filly lands NZ 1,000 Guineas

COOLMORE shuttler Fastnet Rock supplied his eighth Group 1 winner on Saturday when Planet Rock landed the Group I NZ 1,000 Guineas at Riccarton in New Zealand.

Persistent rain through the day turned the track heavy, prompting connections to withdraw the ante-post favourite Anabandana, who had finished second to the Fastnet Rock colt Pop 'N' Rock in the Group 1 NZ 2,000 Guineas last Saturday.

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Fastnet Rock: eight Gr1 winners

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Jockey Haydn Tinsley had no luck getting Planet Rock closer than three horses off the fence and was forced to travel four-wide for sections of the race, but she loomed up in the straight and did best in a thrilling finish to take the 1m Classic by a short head.

"It was quite marvellous," Dawn Williams, who trains Planet Rock in partnership with her husband Peter, told Sky Racing.

"She is a big, free-going, scopey filly and a big strider. It was probably better she was out there (wide) with the way the track was anyway."

It was the first stakes win for Planet Rock, who has the overall record of three wins and four placings from seven starts with prizemoney of $278,975.

A NZ$290,000 purchase from the Wellfield Lodge draft at the 2010 NZB Premier Yearling Sale, Planet Rock is the first foal of the Zabeel mare Akris, a half-sister to 2m stakes-winner Gorky Park from the family of Group 3 winner Galroof, the dam of stakes-winners Pinnacles and Sabrage.

Planet Rock is the 23rd stakes-winner for Fastnet Rock and is his eighth Group 1 winner, four of them coming in the current southern-hemisphere spring with Planet Rock joining Atlantic Jewel, Pop ‘n' Rock and Mosheen.

All four of those spring Group 1 winners carry the blood of legendary New Zealand stallion Sir Tristram on their female side, as Atlantic Jewel and Planet Rock are out of mares by Zabeel, Pop 'N' Rock is out of a daughter of Sir Tristram, while Mosheen's grand-dam is by the Sir Tristram horse Kaapstad.

Fastnet Rock will stand at Coolmore Stud in County Tipperary next year at a private fee.




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