Incredible Month for Fastnet Rock

Incredible Month for Fastnet Rock

Turret Rocks

Trainer Jim Bolger has some international plans for Turret Rocks (5m -Beyond Compare, by ) following the game Fastnet Rock mare’s G3 success at Leopardstown on Thursday evening.

Bred by Bolger’s wife Jackie, the ever-reliable five-year-old won the G2 May Hill Stakes as a juvenile and also scored in G3 company last season.

Ridden on Thursday by Kevin Manning, she pounced late to claim the nine-furlong G3 Meld Stakes and Bolger is now looking at overseas targets.

“She was very good and she got some super assistance from the saddle. She wasn’t going to give it away anyway,” said the trainer. “After that we’ll probably keep her to a mile-and-a-quarter or less.

“Probably the best mile-and-a-quarter race to come is the G1 Prix de l’Opera at Longchamp on Arc day but the only problem with that is she doesn’t like soft ground so we have to be careful.

“She might get an invite to after that and I’ll have to take out my passport again! She is out of a full-sister to Cimeara’s dam and both those mares are by Galileo which doesn’t stop them either.”


Progressive gelding Dreamforce (5g x Eskimo Queen, by Shinko King) has been knocking on the door of a stakes success and it came at Rosehill when he scored a tenacious victory in the Listed ATC Winter Stakes.

Runner-up at his previous outing when a painfully close second in the Listed ATC Civic Stakes, the John Thompson trained five year-old made amends with a bold long neck win in the 1400 metre sprint after jumping from the outside in the field of 13.

Thompson was relieved to taste success after the disappointment of his last outing.

“I went the early crow last time and was disappointed. It was nerve-wracking again,” Thompson said.

“He is just such an honest and tries all the time. He’s called Rocky around the stable because he never gives up.

“If he could just draw a barrier it would make such a difference.”

Foaled and raised at Kitchwin Hills, Dreamforce was retained to race by his breeders after passing in at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale and has put together an impressive record with eight wins and six placings from 18 starts with prizemoney in excess of $432,000.

Thompson believes Group I goals are not beyond Dreamforce as he matures with .

“I’ll give him a freshen-up and get him ready for some of the mile races in Melbourne,” he said.

“I think races like the Toorak Handicap where he will get in with a light weight will suit him.

“I’d also like to take him to Perth for the Railway. I think he’s the right sort of for that and I’ve had success there before.”

The 138th stakes-winner worldwide for champion sire Fastnet Rock, Dreamforce is the best of three winners for Eskimo Queen, an outstanding racemare who won both the Group I Queensland Oaks and STC Coolmore Classic.

Eskimo Queen has a weanling filly by Dreamforce’s sire Fastnet Rock.

Dreamforce is the 18th Australian stakes-winner this season for Coolmore’s champion sire Fastnet Rock, who will be joined on the Coolmore Australia roster this spring by his Royal Ascot hero son .

Merchant Navy

, who proved himself to be one of the best sprinters in the world when winning the Diamond Jubilee Stakes-Gr.1 at Royal Ascot, has been retired to stud.

An unbeaten Stakes winner at two and a Gr.1 winner over 6f in Australia before transferring to be trained in Ballydoyle by Aidan O’Brien Merchant Navy is the heir apparent to his multiple champion sire .

“He’s a very special horse” stated Aidan O’Brien “for a 3yo to come up from Australia and win like he did at the Curragh [Gr.2 Greenlands Stakes] and then at Royal Ascot while being weighted as an older horse is remarkable. He was actually 12lbs wrong in the Diamond Jubilee. Only a horse with such natural speed and wonder temperament like he has could do it.”

He will enter quarantine in Ireland before travelling to Coolmore Australia where he will cover an outstanding book of mares.

“Merchant Navy’s amazing win at Royal Ascot means he retires to stud as one of the best sprinting colts of modern times. We are very excited about his stallion prospects as he was such a brilliant 3yo sprinter just like his sire Fastnet Rock and grandsire Danehill.” said Coolmore Australia’s Tom Magnier.


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