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No Ireland Shuttle For Fastnet Rock
Racing Post reports that champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock, who has shuttled between Coolmore's Irish and Australian bases since 2010, has not returned to Fethard in County Tipperary for the current breeding season. The son of Danehill, whose oldest European-bred crop turned four this year, has sired several class runners, including Dermot Weld's Gr3 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes winner Fascinating Rock (Fastnet Rock-Miss Polaris, by Polar Falcon) and Coolmore's exciting young sprinter Cougar Mountain (Fastnet Rock-Descant, by Nureyev), who finished fifth in the Gr1 July Cup at just his second start. Fastnet Rock covered 85 mares during the northern hemisphere breeding season last year, compared with 193 in 2013 and 183 in 2012.