Lot 174 bay filly Fastnet Rock – Keep On Singing (Hennessy) – Coolmore Stud
This outstanding filly is a tremendous example of her Champion Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill), cut in the mould of a stallion that has helped shape the Australasian racing and breeding industry.
Te Akau has experienced great success with progeny of Fastnet Rock (Danehill) – who has commanded a stud fee of $275,000 – especially through deeds of his greatest Group 1 winner Avantage (nine Gr. 1 wins), and other Group 1 winners Rock ‘N’ Pop, Heroic Valour and Age of Fire.
After winning $2.1m prize money, Avantage sold for $4.1m to Coolmore Stud in 2021.
Ranking among the leading world sires with progeny notching 346 stakes’ wins, including 63 Group 1’s, and over 3700 total winners, Fastnet Rock has been a dominant international sire for more than a decade – he sired the last two New Zealand Derby (Gr. 1, 2400m) winners and has an incredible ability to sire stakes’ winners through all age and distance ranges.
This filly’s dam Keep on Singing (Hennessy) was a very fast mare that won five races from 1200 metres to 1700 metres and was stakes’ placed over a mile in America. She has already left Violinist (Fastnet Rock), runner-up at Group 3 level.
Taken with the successful cross of Fastnet Rock and Hennessy mares, Te Akau principal David Ellis was determined to secure her for New Zealand.
“Fastnet Rock is a Champion Sire and the bloodline cross with Hennessy mares has worked very well,” Ellis said. “Fastnet Rock has crossed very well with American blood, in general.
“She’s out of a Hennessy mare, out of Woodman mare, out of a Nureyev mare, so there is enormous quality of sires in her distaff line.”
The filly has an interesting influence of the mare Crimson Saint on each side of her pedigree. Hennessey is a son Storm Cat, whose service fee peaked at $500,000, and Crimson Saint is his grand-dam. She features again in the pedigree of Fastnet Rock, as the dam of his dam sire Royal Academy.
Crimson Saint was a flyer, with raw speed, and she is renowned for passing on blinding speed and also excellent physical balance to her descendants, and she has become a hugely successful producer – and a dominant reason behind the success of the Fastnet Rock/Hennessy cross.
“There was no way this filly was not coming home to Te Akau. I considered her one of the best in the sale, and certainly the stand-out Fastnet Rock filly. She is almost already all sold,” Ellis said.
A 10% share is $74,500