Lot 163 bay colt Fastnet Rock – Ciarlet (Northern Meteor) $825,000 (draft: Coolmore Stud)
Te Akau has experienced great success with the progeny of Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill) – who commanded stud fees up to $275,000 – through the deeds of Group 1 winners Avantage (5), stallions Rock ‘n’ Pop and Heroic Valour, and Age of Fire.
The sire of over 3500 winners, including 323 stakes winners, 57 Group 1, Fastnet Rock has made himself an international force in breeding and racing.
The dam-side of the colt is particularly interesting. Ciarlet is by ill-fated emerging sire of sires Northern Meteor (Encosta De Lago). It was a huge loss to the Australian stallion ranks when the Champion First Season Sire died aged seven.
Zoustar (Northern Meteor), from grand-dam Zouzou (Redoute’s Choice), was a first crop stakes winner for the sire, who famously gave NZ jockey Jim Cassidy his 100th Group 1 win in the Coolmore Stakes (Gr. 1, 1200m) at Flemington. Zoustar was Champion First & Second Season Sire, while Northern Meteor has also left Leading Second Season Sire Deep Field, his stallion brother Shooting to Win, Fighting Sun, Eurozone, and Sports Edition.
For a stallion to have made such an impression in such a short time is incredible, and for a colt to boast such a pedigree, being by Fastnet Rock, out of a sister to Zoustar, is rich indeed.
Te Akau principal David Ellis said: “We felt that he was the best Fastnet Rock colt in the sale. He’s beautifully balanced, plenty of quality, not too big, and a nice medium-sized horse.
“His pedigree is outstanding and we were thrilled to be able to buy him. He’s the type to trial in the spring and if he does what we hope he can then he could go back and compete in Australia.”
Note: purchase price is in Australian dollars
This colt is part of our Te Akau 2021 Stallion Syndicate – together with Karaka Sale colts Lot 367 our Tavistock/Echezeaux colt, Lot 405 our Savabeel/Flamingo colt and Lot 533 our Almanzor/Meir colt – contact firstname.lastname@example.org