Lot 190 b f Fastnet Rock – Keep On Singing (Hennessy) $350,000 (Coolmore Stud)
Te Akau principal David Ellis was delighted to secure a filly out of a great international family at the 150th Inglis Easter Yearling Sale in Sydney.
Taken with the successful cross of Fastnet Rock and Hennessy mares, and a fan of early foals, Ellis was determined to secure her for New Zealand.
“She was absolutely gorgeous and I fell in love with her as soon as I saw her at the sale grounds when doing our first inspections,” Ellis said.
“She’s a neater type of filly that looks like she could make a two-year-old and there is a fair amount of two-year-old form in the pedigree.”
Her dam, Keep on Singing was a very fast mare that won five races from 1200 metres to 1700 metres and stakes placed over a mile in America.
“Fastnet Rock is a Champion sire in Australia, and no cross has worked better than that with Hennessy mares. And Fastnet has crossed very well with American blood in general,” Ellis said.
“She’s out of a Hennessy mare, out of Woodman mare, out of a Nureyev mare, so there is an enormous amount of quality sires in her distaff line.
“I love buying first foals; our most recent Group One winners Melody Belle and Hall of Fame are both first foals, as was Darci Brahma, and we really have had phenomenal success with first foals throughout Te Akau’s history.
“She is very correct, classy, very good moving filly, beautiful head and eye and we absolutely loved her,” he said.
Michael Kirwan, Coolmore, Australia, said: “She’s a beautiful filly, bred on a cross that has been particularly fruitful. Fastnet Rock’s first Group One winner *Irish Lights was out of a Hennessy mare, and there are a number of other high-class Group One performers bred on the same cross: Zululand, and Fast ‘N’ Rocking, from just a handful of runners out of Hennessy mares”.
“She has lovely quality, is very athletic, lovely mover and a beautiful filly all round, and very much in the mould of the speedy Fastnet Rock fillies.
“She’s well made, very relaxed and well worth taking a chance with. She has a lovely pedigree and only needs to win a race to have enormous residual value,” Kirwan said.
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.
* Irish Lights won the Thousand Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m) at Caulfield, and from her Ellis purchased the two-year-old colt Seirios (Pierro) for $480,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, from the draft of Coolmore Stud, owned by the Te Akau 2016 Breeding Syndicate.