The continuing success of Fastnet Rock has led to a growing list of his sons making their way to stud and Bombora Downs has a value-priced representative from the sireline named Therock.
Therock was an expensive weanling fetching $370,000 at the Gold Coast Magic Millions and showed exceptional ability during a brief career with leading trainer Gerald Ryan.
“I held him in the same regard as Melito and Rothesay,” Ryan said.Â “He was brilliant winning two races in Sydney as a spring three year-old and was favourite for the G1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas before an injury aborted that mission.”
Therock’s first-crop are rising two year-olds and are under the care of leading trainers Darren Weir, Mick Kent as well as Ryan.
“I am a massive fan of Therock and his youngsters look something special,” Ryan said.Â “In my opinion, he was Fastnet Rock’s best looking son.Â He had exceptional ability and we really believed he was going to be Fastnet Rock’s first Group 1 winner.”
Victoria’s champion trainer-elect Darren Weir has two youngsters by Therock.Â “They are both really nice types, great movers and exceptionally athletic,” Weir said.Â “We all know how good the Fastnet Rocks go and Therock is one hell of a good looking stallion.”
Group 1 trainer Mick Kent is also delighted with his colt.Â “Mine is super impressive – big, strong and muscular — he wouldn’t look out of place at any sale in Australia.Â In fact, I would rate him at least as good as any yearling I have purchased this year.”
Therock is from Scenic mare Bumps and stakes winners in his immediate family include G1 Golden Slipper winner Overreach and G1 Blue Diamond winner Reward for Effort.
Fastnet Rock (Danehill) is the sire of up-and-coming young sires like Foxwedge, Wanted, Hinchinbrook and Smart Missile.Â That makes Therock a well-priced alternative for a $3,850 (inc gst) fee at Bombora Downs on the Mornington peninsula.