Fastnet Rock’s (Danehill) talents as a stallion were once again on show at Leopardstown on Saturday, as his well-bred daughter Monday (2 f ex Ballydoyle by Galileo) broke her maiden in the Ingabelle Stakes (Listed, 7f) to become the eighth stakes-winning two-year-old by the son of Danehill (Danzig) bred in the northern hemisphere.
Often underrated in Europe, Coolmore’s Fastnet Rock has consistently pumped out top-class stakes horses on both sides of the globe, with his total number of winners in the northern hemisphere standing at 385 from 623 starters. Meanwhile, the stallion’s stakes haul in Europe is 47.
Globally the stallion’s statistics make for impressive reading: 159 stakes winners, headed by 39 Group 1 winners, 1818 starters for 1298 winners, which fires at a healthy strike rate of 71.4 per cent, while his stakes winners to runners rate is 8.7 per cent.
The octad of northern hemisphere juvenile winners are headed by Group 1-winning pair Rivet who landed the Racing Post Trophy (Gr 1, 1m) in 2016 and Intricately who won the Moyglare Stud Stakes (Gr 1, 7f) that same year and the pair are bred on the same cross as Saturday’s Listed winner Monday, which has proved itself to be one of the very best nicks in the stud book, which has worked on both sides of the planet.
There is no doubt Fastnet Rock’s affinity with Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) mares has stood him good stead with Monday becoming the 19th stakes winner bred on the cross, which is headlined by seven Group 1 winners; the aforementioned Rivet and Intricately, while the septet also includes Australian Oaks (Gr 1, 2400m) winner Unforgotten, Zhukova, Qualify, Levin Classic (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Age Of Fire and Magicool, who landed the Queensland Derby (Gr 1, 2400m) in 2015.
Saturday’s Listed winner Monday is certainly bred in the purple and could prove herself a very exciting prospect going forward.
She is the first foal to race out of 2015 Prix Marcel Boussac (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Ballydoyle, who also landed the Debutante Stakes (Gr 2, 7f) that same year and also placed second in the Moyglare Stud Stakes and 1,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m) the following year.
Ballydoyle herself is one of six winners out of the unraced Storm Cat (Storm Bird) mare Butterfly Cove, whose sextet of winners are headed by four-time Group 1 winner Misty For Me (Galileo).
Misty For Me was crowned champion two-year-old filly in France and Ireland in 2010, after victories in the Moyglare Stud Stakes and Prix Marcel Boussac, while she was crowned champion three-year-old filly in Ireland the following year after landing the Pretty Polly Stakes (Gr 1, 1m2f) and Irish 1,000 Guineas (Gr 1, 1m).
As well as being a champion racemare on the track, Misty For Me has proved herself a top-class broodmare, producing three-time elite level winner Roly Poly (War Front), American Grade 3 scorer Cover Song (Fastnet Rock) and Listed winner Twirl (Galileo), while she is also the dam of three-time Group 1 scorer and 2017 Europe champion two-year-old US Navy Flag (War Front), who is currently standing at Valachi Downs in New Zealand at fee of NZ$17,500 (plus GST).
Butterfly Cove herself is out of Mr P’s Princess (Mr. Prospector) - the dam of Fasliyev (Nureyev), who landed the Phoenix Stakes (Gr 1, 6f) and Prix Morny (Gr 1, 1200m) in 1999, while she is also the dam of and Group 3 scorer Kamarinskaya (Storm Cat) and a further four winners.
Mr P’s Princess is a daughter of Listed winner Anne Campbell (Never Bend), who produced seven winners, headlined by Desert Wine (Damascus) whose eight victories included three at elite level, while she also produced dual Grade 1 scorer Menifee (Harlan) and Listed winner Arsaan (Nureyev) - the dam of Rock Star (Lear Fan), who won twice at Grade 2 level in Chile.
Arsaan is also the grandam of 2010 Hareeba Stakes (Listed, 1200m) winner Huxssen (Hussonet).
Anne Campbell is also the dam of unraced Dame Sybil (Conquistador Cielo) - who produced dual Grade 2 winner Alannan (Elocutionist) and Princess Sybil (Cormorant), who in turn is the grandam of Tails Wins (Tale Of The Cat) - the dam of 2016 DC McKay Stakes (Gr 3, 1100m) Super One (I Am Invincible). Super One was also crowned Singapore’s champion two-year-old colt in 2015 and now stands at Newgate Stud for a fee of $11,000 (inc GST).