Well-bred Fastnet Rock filly joins Maher and Eustace

Daughter of Coolmore-based sire purchased by co-trainers for $800,000 on day two.

Lot 245 Fastnet Rock - Dreams And Wishes filly
Lot 245 Fastnet Rock - Dreams And Wishes filly Picture: Magic Millions

Ciaron Maher and David Eustace were spending money on the first day of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and they continued that spree into the second session on Wednesday, headlined by a well-bred filly by Fastnet Rock (Danehill) who they purchased for $800,000. 

Catalogued as Lot 245, and offered for sale by Strawberry Hill Stud, the filly is out of winning Galileo (Sadler's Wells) mare Dreams And Wishes, who is herself out of dual Group 3 winner Procrastinate (Jade Hunter) - the dam of multiple Grade 1 winner Laisserfaire (Danehill), dual Group 3 scorer A Time For Julia (Redoute's Choice), Listed scorer Time Thief (Redoute's Choice). 

She is also the dam of Listed-winning duo Foreplay (Danehill) and Personify (Galileo) - who in turn produced this season's VRC Oaks (Gr 1, 2500m) winner Personal (Fastnet Rock). 

Further back this is also the same family as Group 2 scorer Centennial Park (Thorn Park) and Group 3 scorer Ballack (Montjeu), while Group 2 winner Zodiac Ruler (Zoffany) and Group 3 winner Almighty Girl (Beneteau) also feature on the page. 

Being by Fastnet Rock out of a Galileo mare means the filly is bred on one of the most potent crosses in the global stud book and one that keeps delivering year in year out. To date, when mated to daughters of Coolmore's peerless stallion Galileo, Fastnet Rock has produced 20 stakes winners, headed by eight Group 1 winners; Unforgotten, Rivet, Zhukova, Qualify, Age Of Fire, Intricately, Magicool and the aforementioned Personal. 

Eustace told Racing & Sports Bloodstock the filly was not only an attractive prospect as a race filly, but also, given her outstanding pedigree, she also holds valuable residual value. 

"She is a beautiful filly out of a very fast Galileo mare, who won twice," said Eustace. "She is a very classic looking horse with lots of size and scope. She has a great attitude and she is a very classic balanced horse - she was a standout for us.

"I would imagine she will be a second half two-year-old and progress into a lovely three-year-old.

"She also has a beautiful pedigree with loads of residual down the track, with a very deep page and of course Procrastinate needs no introduction - we were very happy to get her."

At the close of trade on day two of the Queensland sale, Ciaron Maher Bloodstock had purchased 15 yearlings for an aggregate of $4,460,000 at an average of $297,333, which saw them sit second in the leading buyers list bettered only by Aquis Farm and Phoenix Thoroughbreds, who were leading the way having spent $5,235,000 on nine yearlings so far at the sale.

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