Mating Analysis

A Group stakes winner as a two-year-old of a race won previously by the likes of Choisir, Snitzel and Hinchinbrook, Valentia looked set to emulate his sire Fastnet Rock and develop into a high-class sprinter as a three-year-old before injury hampered his racing career. In addition to being a son of Fastnet Rock – who has emerged as one of the most brilliant stallion sons of Danehill – Valentia is from a high-class family full of speed coming from the taproot mare Celestial Light.

It is the same family as sires FIMISTON, SOVEREIGN EDITION, STEEL BLADE, SMOKEY EYES, NOBLE LANCER, IN THE SPOT, IVORY'S IRISH, FULL AT LAST, REWARD FOR EFFORT, FAST ‘N’ FAMOUS and TURFFONTEIN. As well as that, it is also the same family as the likes of Able Friend and Golden Slipper winner Overreach.

The cross of Danehill line stallions over SIR TRISTRAM line mares, has been a very successful one, with more than 100 stakes-winners, and Fastnet Rock (who carries Sir Tristram through Marauding) is no exception, siring a Group One winner out of a mare by Sir Tristram, and three Group stakes winners, including Group One winners Atlantic Jewel and Planet Rock, out of mares by ZABEEL (who could be brought in through OCTAGONAL and his son LONHRO, as well as RESET, SAVABEEL and DON EDUARDO). Other sons of Sir Tristram that might be used are DR. GRACE, GROSVENOR, KAAPSTAD, MILITARY PLUME and EL QAHIRA.

Fastnet Rock has quickly established a marked affinity for mares from the MR. PROSPECTOR line. He already has five stakes winners – two Group – out of mares by WOODMAN, sire of TIMBER COUNTRY, HECTOR PROTECTOR, WOODBOROUGH, WAY OF LIGHT and DR. JOHNSON. Woodman is bred on the same cross as MISWAKI (sire of UMATILLA, who would give an attractive inbreeding to NIJINSKY II) and SEEKING THE GOLD (grandsire of DUBAWI), SECRET SAVINGS (sire of DASH FOR CASH) and LUJAIN (giving inbreeding to Nijinsky II). Fastnet Rock has Group One winner Lone Rock out of a mare by LION CAVERN (brother to GONE WEST, sire of MR. GREELEY and of ZAFONIC, who gives the three-parts-brothers NIJINSKY II and THE MINSTREL, and is himself sire of XAAR, the broodmare sire of a Fastnet Rock Group Two winner). Fastnet Rock’s Group One winner Super Cool is out of a mare by KINGMAMBO (sire of KING'S BEST and DUBAI DESTINATION) and he also has a Group stakes winner out of a mare by MIESQUE'S SON, a brother to Kingmambo. Fastnet Rock is sire of Group One winner Albany Reunion out of a mare by FUSAICHI PEGASUS, and a stakes winner out of a mare by the similarly-bred DISTORTED HUMOR. Fastnet Rock also has a Group stakes winner out of a mare by THUNDER GULCH (who gives the genetic relatives Nijinsky II and Storm Bird), AFLEET and JADE ROBBERY. Other sources of Mr. Prospector cross include HUSSONET and BELLOTTO, while mares bringing in Mr. Prospector through UNBRIDLED'S SONG also look promising with Valentia.

Fastnet Rock’s broodmare sire, Royal Academy, is a very close relative to STORM CAT, and Fastnet Rock has already sired Group One winner Irish Lights, Group Two winner Zululand, and Group scorer Fast ‘n’ Rocking out of mares by Storm Cat’s son, HENNESSY (sire of JOHANNESBURG); Group One winner Foxwedge out of a mare by Storm Cat’s son, FOREST WILDCAT, and a stakes horse out of a mare by Storm Cat’s son, TALE OF THE CAT (sire of REAL SAGA). Other Storm Cat sons that could be used include CATRAIL, GIANT'S CAUSEWAY (sire of SHAMARDAL), HIGH YIELD and VAN NISTELROOY.

From the Bluebird branch of STORM BIRD, Fastnet Rock, has a stakes winner out of a mare by LAKE CONISTON, which would also suggest trying daughters of DOLPHIN STREE and BLUES TRAVELLER. It might also pay to bring in mares carrying THE MINSTREL (a three-parts-brother to NIJINSKY II), whose son, TRUE HERO, is broodmare sire of Fastnet Rock Group Two winner Hvasstan, and who is sire of PALACE MUSIC, MASTERCLASS, BAKHAROFF and CHEM, and grandsire of NATURALISM.

The cross of Fastnet Rock with mares from the NUREYEV branch of Northern Dancer has been a profitable one. In addition to a stakes winner out of a mare by Nureyev himself, Fastnet Rock has Group One winners Rock Classic and Nechita out of mares by PEINTRE CELEBRE, sired the brilliant Mosheen from a daughter of STRAVINSKY, and has a stakes winner from a mare by POLAR FALCON (sire of PIVOTAL). Other Nureyev sources to consider are SPINNING WORLD (sire of THORN PARK), GOOD JOURNEY and FASLIYEV.

FAIRY KING is a three-parts-brother to Nureyev, and Fairy King’s son, ENCOSTA DE LAGO is broodmare sire of Fastnet Rock’s Group stakes winner Empress Rock. This suggests trying mares by other sons of Fairy King, such as FALBRAV and HELISSIO. Fairy King’s brother, SADLER'S WELLS is also broodmare sire of Fastnet Rock stakes-winners, as is his son, GALILEO, suggesting trying mares by MONTJEU (sire of AUTHORIZED and TAVISTOCK), HIGH CHAPARRAL, BARATHEA, CARNEGIE, SCENIC, BLEVIC, KING OF KINGS, SINGSPIEL, EL PRADO, MEDAGLIA D'ORO and ARTIE SCHILLER.

Fastnet Rock also has a Group Two winner out of a mare by AL HAREB, a son of EL GRAN SENOR (brother to TRY MY BEST, the sire of LAST TYCOON, who in turn could be brought in through IGLESIA, WRITTEN TYCOON, BIGSTONE, JUST AWESOME, MARJU, O’REILLY, TWOKAY and KNOWLEDGE).

From the DEPUTY MINISTER branch of Northern Dancer, Fastnet Rock has sired Group winner We’re Gonna Rock out of a mare by DEHERE.

Crossed back over mares from his own DANZIG line Fastnet Rock has sired stakes winners, one Group, from mares by VOLKSRAAD and MAGIC RING (both by GREEN DESERT, also sire of INVINCIBLE SPIRIT, CAPE CROSS, DESERT SUN, OASIS DREAM and DESERT PRINCE).

Reversing the very successful More Than Ready/Danehill cross, Fastnet Rock has sired two stakes winners, including Group One winner Atlante out of mares by MORE THAN READY (sire of SEBRING). More Than Ready is a HALO line stallion, and other Halo line horses that appeal here are DON'T SAY HALO, and SUNDAY SILENCE’s sons TAYASU TSUYOSHI, FUJI KISEKI (broodmare sire of Fastnet Rock stakes winner Your Song) and GENUINE. Halo is a HAIL TO REASON line horse and Fastnet Rock has sired the brilliant Smart Missile out of a mare by COMICAL STRIP, who is by RED RANSOM, from the ROBERTO branch of the Hail to Reason line. This would encourage trying mares by Red Ransom sons, such as INTIKHAB, SRI PEKAN, CHARGE FORWARD, FACE VALUE and DOMESDAY, as well as other Roberto sources such as AT TALAQ, PRIZED, BROCCO and TOUCHING WOOD.

Fastnet Rock is already sire of a Group stakes winner out of a mare by BLUSHING GROOM’s son, MT. LIVERMORE (sire of ORIENTATE) and a mare by Mt. Livermore’s son, PEAKS AND VALLEYS. Blushing Groom could also be brought in through RAINBOW QUEST's son QUEST FOR FAME, his son VISCOUNT and RAHY's son FANTASTIC LIGHT, who all give Nijinsky inbreeding, as well as NOVERRE, SPECTRUM, HOWBADDOUWANTIT and NASSIPOUR.

The Star Kingdom sireline is on the wane in the broodmare population but current representatives that have potential here include CANNY LAD, BRAVE WARRIOR (and his son SHOW A HEART) and HURRICANE SKY (By STAR WATCH). All are BLETCHINGLY line stallions which appeals greatly, and Hurricane Sky, Brave Warrior and Show a Heart all give linebreeding to Nijinsky II. Another source of Nijinsky II is SUCCESS EXPRESS, broodmare sire of Fastnet Rock’s outstanding daughter Sea Siren.