Your Song to Retire to Widden Stud
Brilliant three year-old Fastnet Rock colt Your Song has assured his future at one of Australia’s most successful studs with a stunning five length Group I victory in the BTC Cup at Eagle Farm last Saturday.
Resuming from a spell, the Anthony Cummings trained colt turned in an explosive performance to thrash a quality field and win the 1200 metre weight-for-age sprint in a breeze from seasoned Group I performers Rain Affair, Buffering& Sea Siren.
He has long been seen by most major studs as a potential stellar sire prospect since his two impressive wins as a two year old and his 2nd placing behind Pierro in the Group III Run to The Rose defeating Group I winners Epaulette and All Too Hard.
A homebred for Gooree Stud, Your Song will now follow in the footsteps of Mr Eduardo Cojuangco’s previous star colt and now leading young sire Northern Meteor in retiring to Widden Stud for the 2013 season.
“He has always been a special colt and we were so thrilled to see him come out and prove that last Saturday,”revealed Gooree Stud Racing Manager, Monica Barrera, who is the grand-daughter of Mr Cojuangco.
“He was an outstanding foal, probably the pick of all of our foals in fact, so we had always hoped he might develop into a sire prospect being by an outstanding sire in Fastnet Rock from such a great family.
“We are primarily breeders and the boss (Mr Cojuangco) likes his stallions to be lightly raced when they go to stud, so now that Your Song has proved himself at Group I level against top class opposition it’s time to move on with the next phase of his career.”
Widden Stud are thrilled to secure the services of Your Song, the 13th individual Group I winner by his champion sire Fastnet Rock from a peerless international female family, his dam Zembu was a $450,000 Inglis Easter purchase for Gooree whose dam Wanice is a half-sister to the Champion racehorse and multiple Group I sire Fantastic Light.
Additionally, Your Song’s glittering international pedigree spawns an impressive dynasty of stakes-winners around the world, tracing back to Kamar, whose descendantsinclude Group I winners Flashing, Alpha, Desert Lord, Cape Town, Golden Attraction, Seaside Attraction, Turbulent Descent, Swift Temper, Music Show and Gorgeous.
“He’s a colt that has the pedigree, the good looks and that Group I winning brilliance. Fastnet Rock is Australia’s dominant sire so to have the opportunity to stand arguably his most dominant son is incredibly exciting.” said Antony Thompson.
“Physical attributes are all important in a sire and in Your Song we could not be taking on a more impressive individual. It was interesting listening to the post-race comments from Saturday which back up our view that he is one of the best looking Fastnet Rock sons to look through a bridle.”
Your Song will have two more starts in the Group I BRC Doomben 10,000 on May 25 and the Group I BRC Stradbroke Handicap on June 8 with a fee to be announced onhis retirement to Widden this season.
ALAN THOMAS (Racecaller): “He is a magnificent looking animal. It’s ok to be a good horse, but when you look like one it’s even better! I’d go as far saying he’s the best looking horse in the country. An absolute stand-out with the ability to match.”
PETER ROBL (Jockey): “A machine! A beautiful animal, beautiful attitude, beautiful mover. He’s a real Group One power-house!”
ANTHONY CUMMINGS (Trainer): “He’s always been a Group I class colt but we’ve just taken our time with him. Today hasn’t surprised too much as we knew the ability he had. He’s a clear standout on type to the majority of horses you see on a racetrack.”
RICHARD FREEDMAN (Commentator): “He’s a Beauty! Clearly a good looking colt with a great relaxed attitude and being by the Champion stallion he’s ticking all the boxes.”
BERNADETTE COOPER (Commentator): “I haven’t seen a better style of horse in a long, long time.”