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Historic US Win By Fastnet Rock Mare

An historic Group One win in New York by Irish mare Zhukova has capped a big weekend for champion sire Fastnet Rock at home and abroad.

Historic US Win By Fastnet Rock Mare

An historic Group One win in New York by Irish mare Zhukova has capped a big weekend for champion sire Fastnet Rock at home and abroad.

The Dermot Weld-trained Zhukova, an Irish-bred 5YO daughter of Fastnet Rock, became the first mare in 30 years to win the G1 Man O’War Stakes, one of America’s major turf events, at Belmont Park on Saturday.

Zhukova, ridden by John Velazquez, trounced her male rivals by eight lengths in the $400,000 event over 11 furlongs in her first US start.


“She gives you so much confidence," said Velazquez.

"I knew she was going to break great and be right there. She handled the grass really well and coming from Europe you could tell she was used to this type of surface.

“When I asked her to run down the lane she had another gear."

Zhukova Horseform accelerated through the lane under a hand ride to beat Taghleeb and Sadler's Joy for her seventh win from 10 starts.

Winner of the Noblesse Stakes in Ireland at her previous start on April 15, Zhukova was bred by Dermot Weld’s wife and is out of the Galileo mare Nightime and was retained after she was passed in at the 2013 Tattersalls October yearling sale.

She gave Weld his first Belmont victory since 2003 when he won the G1 Flower Bowl Invitational with Dimitrova.

Mark Weld, assistant trainer to his father, said Zhukova was likely to return to America later in the year for the Breeders Cup.

"She'll come home now but the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf would be a definite possibility to finish off the year,” Weld said.

“She's a true European Grade 1 mare. She's a homebred; we've had her since she was a foal bred by my grandmother.

“This is huge for us. We have a lot to look forward to."

Zhukova is out of 2006 Irish One Thousand Guineas winner Nightime, a daughter of Caumshinaun (Indian Ridge).

Zhukova is is a half sister to New Year’s Night, a Raven’s Pass colt sold for 800,000 guineas to Godolphin’s John Ferguson at the 2012 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.

Ferguson also signed for Zhukova’s half-sister Midnight Fair (Raven’s Pass) for 450,000 guineas at the 2015 Tattersall’s October sale and her 2YO half-brother Pitch Dark (Dubawi) for €1.1 million as a Goffs November weanling.

The youngest offspring out of Nightime is a yearling filly by Zoffany.

Closer to home Fastnet Rock has a classy Group prospect in hius impressive filly Miss Debutante, a brilliant winner of the Listed Denise’s Joy Stakes at Scone on Saturday.

Miss Debutante Horseform (Fastnet Rock x More Than Ready, by More Than Ready) claimed her first Black Type win for trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.

She has now won four of her six starts and more than $176,000 prizemoney after costing $430,000 as an Easter yearling sale purchase by Paul Moroney Bloodstock for New Zealand’s Sir Owen Glenn.

Miss Debutante, the 115th stakes-winner by Fastnet Rock, is out of the US-bred G2 winner More Than Real and is the third stakes-winner bred on the cross of Fastnet Rock with a daughter of More Than Ready.

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R4 SCONE 13 May 2017
Coolmore Denise's Joy Qlty 3F , 1100m
Race Synopsis: The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained filly Miss Debutante was impressive in winning here. She went back from her outside barrier (16), settled near the tail of the field, behind a strong pace, before going deep on straightening. She then produced a strong finish, hit the front at the 100m and then went on to score a very smart win. The Victorian filly Snitty Kitty was smartly away from her wide barrier (15), raced in third place (without cover), briefly got to the front nearing the 100m and held on well for a good second after working on a solid tempo. Smart Amelia did not show any early pace and settled near last on the rails before getting between runners at the 200m. She then finished on nicely for a good third while Eckstein put up a promising first up effort in running on late, wide out, for (3.8 lengths) fourth after being near the tail of the field.

FP
 
Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
8. MISS DEBUTANTE (AUS)
3yo Filly
G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT
TOMMY BERRY
53.0
$9.00
 
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - MORE THAN REAL (USA)
Go Bloodstock (Mgr: Sir O G Glenn)
Apr 15, 2015 Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Scone, $430000, Paul Moroney Bloodstock, NEW ZEALAND
 
2nd  
11. SNITTY KITTY (AUS)
3yo Filly
HENRY DWYER
MS T HARRISON
53.0
$5.00
 
SNITZEL (AUS) - LASSITER'S CAT (AUS)
P R G Collins, C C & K P Johnstone, G W Henderson, T Curry, G Curry, Mrs S Moxon, Ms T Whitehead, J G Carmichael, C M Barrett, N P Bingham, J Fay, D Di Giacomo, Lucky Girl (Mgr: A R Buxton) & Erica Bloodstock (Mgr: Mrs S A Dwyer)
3rd  
6. SMART AMELIA (AUS)
3yo Filly
JAMES CUMMINGS
GLYN SCHOFIELD
54.0
$8.50
 
SMART MISSILE (AUS) - MY AMELIA (AUS)
Westcode Pty Ltd (Mgr: T A Yahaya), Think Big Stud (Mgr: Dato Tan Chin Nam & Duncan Ramage), Mr M B Sandblom & Mr R A Pegum
 Apr 15, 2015 Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Matamata NZ, $170000, Dgr Bloodstock Services Pty Ltd, NSW
 
4th  1. ECKSTEIN (AUS)
3yo Filly
KURT GOLDMAN
MITCHELL BELL
60.0
$8.50
5th  3. ZUMBELINA (AUS)
3yo Filly
CHRIS WALLER
HUGH BOWMAN
56.0
$8.00
6th  14. THE WASP (AUS)
3yo Filly
KRIS LEES
ANDREW GIBBONS
53.0
$31.00
7th  2. FICKLE FOLLY (AUS)
3yo Filly
MS S GRILLS
CHRISTIAN REITH
56.0
$21.00
8th  13. BLOWING KISSES (AUS)
3yo Filly
JOHN P THOMPSON
BLAIKE MC DOUGALL
53.0
$21.00
9th  5. GIBRALTAR GIRL (AUS)
3yo Filly
P & P SNOWDEN
TYE ANGLAND
55.0
$5.50
10th  7. BALANCING ACT (AUS)
3yo Filly
BRENT STANLEY
MICHAEL DEE
53.5
$26.00
11th  4. CONCHITA (AUS)
3yo Filly
PAUL PERRY
PAUL KING
55.0
$31.00
12th  16. GENETEAU (AUS)
3yo Filly
BJORN BAKER
ANDREW ADKINS
53.0
$26.00
13th  12. SUSPENDERS (AUS)
3yo Filly
MELANIE O'GORMAN
TIM CLARK
53.0
$13.00
14th  10. INFRA DIG (AUS)
3yo Filly
DARREN BEADMAN
MS R MURRAY
53.0
$21.00
15th  9. BELLA VINO (AUS)
3yo Filly
GARY PORTELLI
DEANNE PANYA
53.0
$31.00
16th  15. ONCE MORE A LADY (AUS)
3yo Filly
JOSEPH PRIDE
JAY FORD
53.0
$9.00

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