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Another G1 Winner For Fastnet Rock/Galileo Cross

Coolmore’s champion sire Fastnet Rock was responsible for a notable double at the two feature race meetings in Australasia on Saturday.

Another G1 Winner For Fastnet Rock/Galileo Cross

Coolmore’s champion sire Fastnet Rock was responsible for a notable double at the two feature race meetings in Australasia on Saturday.

In New Zealand the exciting three-year-old Age Of Fire Horseform provided the son of Danehill with his 32nd Group One winner and 126th stakes winner when he won the Levin Classic at Trentham.

Fastnet Rock was also in the frame at the Gold Coast where his 4YO son Tumultuous Horseform won the $1 million Magic Millions Trophy for the Chris Waller stable.


Age Of Fire
Age Of Fire Picture:Race Images PN

Te Akau Racing’s Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards-trained Age Of Fire (Fastnet Rock x Dragon's Tail by Galileo) had finished second behind stablemate Embellish (Savabeel) in the G1 NZ 2000 Guineas at Riccarton and won over 1400m at Ellerslie prior top Saturday’s success.

Age Of Fire is now one of the favourites for the G1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) in March and is likely to take on the older horses ahead of the Ellerslie classic.

Richards said the G1 Herbie Dyke Stakes under weight-for-age conditions at Te Rapa on February 10 appealed as the next target for Age Of Fire.

Age of Fire was purchased by Te Akau principal David Ellis at the 2016 Sydney Easter Yearling Sale for $400,000 from the Erinvale Thoroughbreds draft and has now won three of his six starts.

He is out of the unraced Galileo mare Dragon’s Tail, whose three foals to race have all been winners.

Dragon’s Tail is out from the Soviet Star mare Zaitoona, a half-sister to G1 winner Fly To The Stars (Bluebird) and stakes winner Fallen Star (Brief Truce), the dam of the G1 winner Fallen For You (Dansili).

A yearling sister to Age Of Fire will be offered by Hallmark Stud at this month’s New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Yearling Sale.

Age Of Fire is the sixth G1 winner by Fastnet Rock from a daughter of Galileo, a direct cross that has produced 15 stakes-winners in total and 26.3% stakes-winners to runners.

Dragons Tail has never been to a stallion other than Fastnet Rock. She produced another filly by him last spring and was then covered again by the champion sire.

Tumultuous was the first of two winners for the Chis Waller stable at the Magic Millions meeting when he grabbed a last stride over the mare Sedanzer in the MM Trophy over 2200 metres.

Tumultuous (Fastnet Rock x Boisterous Lady by Rivotious) was a $350,000 yearling from the Magic Millions sale ring in 2015 with Saturday's win his fourth in 21 starts and taking his earnings to more than $728,000.

“We had early aspirations of him being a Derby horse but that didn’t work out, so this is just as good, a million dollar race,” Waller said.

Tumultuous was selected for connections by bloodstock agent Guy Mulcaster.

Fastnet Rock had a great year in 2017 with 29 stakes winners.

Fellow Coolmore sire So You Think, the champion son of the late High Chaparral, sired his fifth stakes winner when the exciting 4YO Care To Think won the $1 million Magic Millions Cup at the Gold Coast.

The Matt Dunn-trained Care To Think (So You Think x Slippery Madam) was one of the cheapest buys running on the Magic Millions program costing only $16,5000 as a yearling.

Care To Think Horseform has now won six of his 11 starts including his last five in succession and $840,000 prize money for a big syndicate of owners after he was selected by Dunn‘s bloodstock agent Neil Jenkinson at the 2015 MM National Sale.

“There were a lot of people who bought little shares and they split those up into smaller shares,” Dunn said.

“He’s the best horse I’ve had. He’s very special and if I can train him properly and keep him in one piece, who knows where he could end up.”

So You Think ceased shuttling in 2014 and stands exclusively at Coolmore Australia in the Hunter Valley.

Racing And Sports



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R7 TRENTHAM 13 January 2018
Grant Plumbing Levin Classic 3 , 1600m PLAY REPLAY
Race Synopsis: This G1 3yo only mile drew a modest field and in a season so far where no male or female has yet to stand up and dominate the depth is still marked dubious and rightly so. Age Of Fire started a clear favourite today and the Australian bred big colt got the job done albeit narrowly by a neck in 1:36.63. The time is ordinary but shows the track was watered a lot to provide cushion and the era of hard track horses seems over in New Zealand, which is strange as more dry track gallopers are bred then wet trackers. However this time today was the fastest of the three mile event albeit by .3 and .6 only but for 3yo only versus older horses that stacks up well though the closeness of the times shows the Trentham track was presented not conducive to slick times from 1400m and upwards. Age Of Fire was buried on the inner but got off near the home turn then shoved a couple wider turning in to get clear air before surging into second at the 200m. The big colt has never missed being in the top three so is starting to solidify his pecking order and did embellish the form worth of the G1 2000 Guineas (1600m) that he ran second in ironically to a stablemate called Embellish. However the third finisher in this race (Ever Loyal) has since been beaten out of the money into fourth at $1.50 in a far inferior field having prior been beaten a nasal hair by Age Of Fire. The first four home in the G1 2000 Guineas is still the best form thread to use at the moment but maybe not trust entirely yet. Embellish ran 1:34.80 when winning by over a length and the first four home were within two lengths of each other and five and half lengths clear of the rest. Once again there is a big if as the two prior winners of the 2000 Guineas ran 1:33.81 and 1:33.59 in Ugo Foscolo and Xtravagant and both were absolutely demolished in Australia. Belle Du Nord ran a game second and her draw mattered today. Another filly in Savvy Coup, after racing eighth the outer surged to lead at the 300m then got into a three-way fight at the 100m before going down a neck and a nose. Rock On Wood ran a huge fourth and puts some doubt on the race depth as he got back and wide then got shoved deepest turning for home when the winner pushed out aggressively. The fact he could unleash and be beaten under two lengths, when a maiden debut winner then placed in a set weights and penalties 3yo (the runner up was Savvy Coup) does add the asterisk of uncertainty. Spring Heat ran on okay from last but the filly did not fully lengthen as the footing was not as dry as she needs. This filly blew away Xbox three starts ago on a dry track and that 3yo has since easily won a set weights and penalties race for the age group and fourth in this was Ever Loyal. The form just when it looks to be stacking up stumbles badly and is let down alarmingly to the extent it makes the overall depth looking inferior as too many are too close to each other over the line. There is no way possible that so many are that good in one crop as it is very rare to get two or three topliners in one 3yo season let alone more so logic must prevail. The Great Southern was not too bad and Maktoum will win back to an easier race next time out. Sensei pulled so hard for the first half of the race that rider Chris Johnson came back with longer arms and aching biceps. He cannot race like that and be anything else but a sprinter plus it needs to be noted he finished fifth in the G1 2000 Guineas albeit in a gap from the first four over the line. Hard Merchandize was exposed again and his G2 Hawkes Bay Guineas (1400m) win in October is looking like a fluke and over-watered wet track form. The rest were outclassed including surprisingly Haussmann (eighth in the G2 Hawkes Bay Guineas) but he now seems to need proper dry ground. Age Of Fire can continue to bolster the form worth of the first four home in the G1 2000 Guineas but until we see Embellish again, as fresh up he ran fourth behind Age Of Fire and Ever Loyal, the asterisk of doubt remains. The four names home in order in the G1 2000 Guineas are Embellish, Age Of Fire, Ever Loyal and Te Akau Shark.

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Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
1. AGE OF FIRE (AUS)
3yo Colt
STEPHEN AUTRIDGE
OPIE BOSSON
56.5
$2.50
 
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - DRAGON'S TAIL (AUS)
Te Akau 2016 Sydney Breeding Syndicate No.2 (Mgr: D C Ellis)
2nd  
10. BELLE DU NORD (NZ)
3yo Filly
EMMA-LEE & DAVID BROWNE
VIN COLGAN
54.5
$17.50
 
RELIABLE MAN (GB) - BANKSIDE BELLE (NZ)
Northern Club Racing Syndicate No.12 (Mgr: Sir David Williams Knzm,qc)
3rd  
11. SAVVY COUP (NZ)
3yo Filly
MICHAEL & MATTHEW PITMAN
M MCNAB
54.5
$7.40
 
SAVABEEL (AUS) - EUDORA (NZ)
 Mrs A M, A R, C J, F H & J F Bruford, Mrs J D, L R & R A Coupland
4th  8. ROCK ON WOOD (NZ)
3yo Gelding
LEANNE ELLIOT
ALYSHA COLLETT
56.5
$29.60
5th  12. SPRING HEAT (AUS)
3yo Filly
LANCE O'SULLIVAN & ANDREW SCOTT
JAKE BAYLISS
54.5
$4.80
6th  5. THE GREAT SOUTHERN (NZ)
3yo Gelding
BEN FOOTE
SAM SPRATT
56.5
$42.70
7th  7. MAKTOUM (NZ)
3yo Colt
STEPHEN MCKEE
SAMANTHA COLLETT
56.5
$40.50
8th  3. SENSEI (AUS)
3yo Colt
MICHAEL & MATTHEW PITMAN
CHRIS JOHNSON
56.5
$6.50
9th  2. HARD MERCHANDIZE (NZ)
3yo Gelding
G VILE
CAMERON LAMMAS
56.5
$18.90
10th  13. O'HARA (NZ)
3yo Filly
DANICA GUY
MICHAEL COLEMAN
54.5
$53.40
11th  4. HAUSSMANN (NZ)
3yo Gelding
TONY PIKE
LEITH INNES
56.5
$18.80
12th  6. ALL IN MANA (NZ)
3yo Gelding
KEVIN GRAY
R J MYERS
56.5
$58.00
13th  9. GOTHENBURG (NZ)
3yo Gelding
DANICA GUY
JASON WADDELL
56.5
$76.20

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