Fastnet flying with a 33% black-type strike-rate

Fastnet Rock sent his stakes winning tally into double figure when Rothesay powered home for a two length victory in the G3 Lord Mayor’s Cup at Doomben on Saturday.

Rothesay (3c Fastnet Rock – Schiaparelli by Woodman) defeated more seasoned gallopers in some style.  Despite being posted wide throughout, the colt gave his rivals windburn with a brilliant turn of foot in the final furlong.

Fastnet Rock has now sired 10 stakes winners and another 14 have been stakes placed.  His black-type to winners strike-rate is currently an unprecedented 33%.

The Coolmore stallion also sired Stryker to win the Listed Lyndhurst Stud Fred Best Classic earlier in the day at Doomben.  He is raced by Bob Ingham and had won at Listed level in the Heritage Stakes at Rosehill last September.

Rothesay is trained by Gerald Ryan and will now be set for the G2 Queensland Guineas at Eagle Farm on June 12.  The stable has already won the Guineas with Magnifier (2000), Regent Street (2002) and Saxon (2005) but Ryan believes Rothsay is a far superior animal.

“From the first time he galloped, I knew he was very special,” Ryan said at Doomben.  “He had been passed-in at the Inglis Easter yearling sale but I kept going back to the stalls because there was something about him.”

The Lord Mayor’s Cup took his earnings past $222,000 since he defeated Stryker on debut at Rosehill in July last year.  Both colts are out of Woodman mares.

Rothesay’s dam Schiaparelli is a half-sister to juvenile stakes winning fillies Causeway Lass (Giant’s Causeway) and Astute Angel (Godswalk).  Second dam Canny Lass (Bletchingly) was a Melbourne G1 winner and is a sister to G1 racehorse and sire Canny Lad.

Schiaparelli has a 2yo filly named La Parisienne (Commands), a yearling filly by Fastnet Rock and a filly foal by Redoute’s Choice.