Awesome winner at Sandown

Fastnet Rock colt Awesome Rock will be set for the G2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes after an authoritative victory at Sandown on Wednesday.

The Gold Front Thoroughbreds graduate impressed trainer Leon Corstens second-up in the Say It With Flowers Hcp (1300m).  “I’ve always had a good opinion of him,” Corstens said.  “He was very unlucky at his first start at Bendigo earlier this month.”

Awesome Rock (2c Fastnet Rock – Awesome Planet by Giant’s Causeway) was a handful for barrier attendants before the start but travelled kindly for Steve Baster.  He won by more than two lengths from Shadwell Estates colt Tashbeeh (Commands) and Contract Racing filly Veuvelicious (Northern Meteor).

Gold Front owners Allan and Sue Olive sold Awesome Rock for $575,000 at the 2013 Gold Coast Magic Millions and Corstens kept them in a stable syndicate without having to twist arms.

The WA couple catalogued the colt’s yearling sister for last month’s Gold Coast Magic Millions and she topped Day 2 when making $400,000 to the bid of Paul and Mike Moroney.

Their dam Awesome Planet has a Redoute’s Choice colt on the ground and the Olives bred her back to Pierro and she’s in foal on an October cover.

Gingin based Gold Front enjoyed another successful sale at this month’s Perth Magic Millions selling all bar one of its 12 lots for a total of $687,000.  Top of the dial was a $200,000 War Chant – Innsbruck colt that was purchased by Rubick’s owner David Raphael.

“He was the best colt in the sale,”  Raphael said.  “He will join Rubick at Gerald Ryan’s stables in Sydney.”

Meanwhile, Awesome Rock heads to the $220,000 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on Saturday week, March 8.  He also holds a Group 1 nomination for the $1 million ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on April 12.

“I think he will make a really nice horse,” Corstens added.  “And the 1400 metres should be right up his alley at Flemington.”