Thursday, 2 August 2012
: Australia's new champion stallion Fastnet Rock has set record benchmarks with his dominance of racing at all levels in 2011/12.
Photo by Racing and Sports
(Danehill x Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) finished the season as champion sire by earnings and stakes-winners with 130 winners of a record $12.6 million in prizemoney.
He set a new seasonal prizemoney record for a stallion in Australia with a stellar list of superior progeny headed by 16 stakeswinners.Fastnet Rock
's three-year-old crop propelled the sire to the top of the ranks.
Mosheen (Fastnet Rock
– Sumehra, by Stravinsky) with four G1 wins led the charge for the stallion along with unbeaten star Atlantic Jewel (Fastnet Rock
– Regard, by Zabeel) and dual GI winner Sea Siren (Fastnet Rock
– Express A Smile, by Success Express) and his G1 winning colt Foxwedge.
He also sired the New Zealand GI winners Planet Rock and Rock 'n' Pop.Fastnet Rock
became the third son of Coolmore
legend Danehill to be crowned Australian Champion Stallion, joining dual winner Redoute's Choice and Flying Spur.
The 2010/11 champion sire Lonhro finished more than $3 million behind Fastnet Rock
and Redoute's Choice was third.Fastnet Rock
's three year-olds accounted for $7.4 million of his total earnings, while his 15 two year-old winners of $2.5 million in prizemoney promise to keep him on top of the list in the new season.Fastnet Rock
's 130 individual winners put him fourth on the leading sires in that category although his 130 winners generated 231 wins which was 15 more than any other sire.
Commands successfully defended his Australian winners' title in 2011-12.
He finished on top with 137 individual winners to defeat Encosta de Lago and Redoute's Choice on 131 with Fastnet Rock
next with 130.
Commands set a record of 155 individual winners the previous season, bettering the previous record of 147 set by Encosta de Lago.
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