BluebloodsBluebloods - Feature ArticlePedigree AnalysisFusaichi’s Daughters find a nick with Fastnet Rock

August 18, 2020David Bay

CHAMPION sire Fastnet Rock’s nick with Zabeel daughters and with mares carrying strains of the three-quarter brothers Nureyev (dam sire of Zabeel) and Sadler’s Wells (particularly his son Galileo) is well known, but there’s another cross that has produced two Gr.1 winners. This is with daughters of Kentucky Derby-Gr.1 hero Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) who shuttled to Coolmore, also home to Fastnet Rock since 2005, for seven seasons between 2001-2007.

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That cross has already produced the Blue Diamond-Gr.1 winner Catchy and the ARC Easter Handicap-Gr.1 winner Albany Reunion, whose dam Secret Silence also left the stakes winner Fast Dragon to a mating with the dual Gr.1-winning son of Danehill-Piccadilly Circus (Royal Academy (USA)). In fact 58 of the 91 runners (63.7%) bred using Fastnet Rock or his sons over mares with Fusaichi Pegasus in their pedigrees are winners, nine of them earning black type (3SW, two Gr.1) and the direct Fastnet Rock-Fusaichi Pegasus cross has had 27 winners (67.5%) from 40 runners (3SW, 3SP).

Fastnet Rock’s 2020 Inglis Easter Sale draft of 24 had two bred this way . They are fillies from sisters Cat’s Pyjamas and Cat’s Whisker. The Gr.2 winner Cat’s Whisker is dam of Catchy (six wins, $1.97m including the Blue Diamond) and three other winners by Fastnet Rock, while stakes placed Cat’s Pyjamas has left the Gr.3 placed I Thought So to a mating with Sadler’s Wells grandson So You Think and this yearling is just her third living foal. Dam of both mares is the stakes placed Perfect Halo (Don’t Say Halo) and they carry a 4fx3m double of Halo (Hail to Reason), whose dam Cosmah (Cosmic Bomb) is a half-sister to Natalma (Native Dancer), the latter mare is 3mx3f in Danehill’s pedigree and appears 4m,4fx5m in the pedigree of Fastnet Rock.

Lot 372 & 374 from the Coolmore Easter 2020 draft

Fastnet Rock’s draft also includes several bred on the well established nick with the family of Sadler’s Wells among them a colt from Gr.2 winner from Sacred Eye (High Chaparral by Sadler’s Wells); a colt from Salma (Encosta de Lago, by Fairy King, a brother to Sadler’s Wells), a granddaughter of Show Dancing (Don’t Say Halo-Dancing Show by Nijinsky); a half-sister to Luvaluva from Wansesingyee (Galileo, a cross that has produced 17SW, seven of them Gr.1, 23.9% SW to runners); a filly from stakes winner Ballet Suite (High Chaparral); a colt from Bullion Mansion (Encosta de Lago); a colt from Butters (El Prado), a mare bred on the Sadler’s Wells/Nureyev cross; colts from Ciarlet (Northern Meteor by Encosta de Lago) and Diana’s Star (Northern Meteor); a brother to Ennis Hill, Lake Geneva and Memphis Rock ex Hips Don’t Lie (by Stravinsky by Nureyev) and a colt from Imperial Lass, by Sadler’s Wells grandson Tavistock from a daughter of Zabeel.

A $US4m yearling, Fusaichi Pegasus is by Native Dancer grandson Mr. Prospector and his dam, Angel Fever, is a daughter of Danzig and Rowdy Angel by Halo and carries the sisters Natalma and Cosmah 3×3, little wonder he’s working so well with Danehill (Natalma 3mx3f) and his son Fastnet Rock in particular.

There’s an even more intriguing duplication found in the pedigree of recent juvenile stakes winner Hanseatic (Street Boss (USA)-Itameri by Exceed and Excel) whose second dam Baltics is a daughter of Fusaichi Pegasus-Scandinavia by Snippets. Street Boss is a grandson of Machiavellian (Mr. Prospector- Coup de Folie by Halo), third dam Natalma, and whose dam has Natalma/Cosmah 2×2. Machiavellian is also 3mx4f to Native Dancer. Hanseastic has Mr. Prospector 4mx4m, his dam carries a double of Danzig and his pedigree shows deep line breeding to the sisters Cosmah and Natalma, both daughters of Almahmoud (Mahmoud). It’s a catchy nick indeed.

Daughters of Fusaichi Pegasus have produced 1382 winners (64% of runners) and among their 65 stakes winners (3%) is the Golden Slipper winner Capitalist (Written Tycoon), whose second dam is by Danehill (USA). They have also worked well with the Sadler’s Wells male line with Gr.1 winners We Miss Artie (Artie Schiller (USA), Hakassan (by Sir Cat, second dam by Sadler’s Wells) and Full of Luck (second dam by Sadler’s Wells) and Gr.2 winners Niagara (Encosta de Lago, second dam by Danehill), Dona Sarita (by Sadler’s Wells son Powerscourt, second dam by Sadler’s Wells, that sire 2mx3m) and Pick of the Litter (Kitten’s Joy) bred this way. Danehill line sires Darci Brahma, Not A Single Doubt and Snitzel are also responsible for Group winners from Fusaichi Pegasus mares.

Twice Champion Australian Sire, Fastnet Rock has left more than 1160 winners and his 36 Gr.1 winners include Atlantic Jewel (Zabeel), Mosheen (Stravinsky), Shoals (Hussonet), Merchant Navy (Snippets), First Seal (Scenic), English Oaks winner Qualify (Galileo), Magicool (Galileo), Unforgotten (Galileo) and Planet Rock (Zabeel). His daughters have produced the Gr.1 winners Santa Ana Lane, whose sire Lope de Vega is 3mx3f to Machiavellian, and Tivaci, a son of High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells). n

David Bay

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