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Fastnet Rock Leading Australasian Sire

Fastnet Rock(AUS), Image: Coolmore Stud

Tuesday, 31 July 2012: With the 2011/12 racing season drawing to a close, a feature of the Australasian sire premierships is the emergence of a number of exciting young stallions.

In particular, there are four young sires that stand out as having won major premierships and who already have sons at stud or progeny entering stud this season.

Australian Horse of the Year Lonhro numbered 11 G1 wins in a stellar racing career. Retired to stud in 2004 early indications suggest he has carried his dominance on the racetrack through to his performance at stud.

He won the Australian Sires premiership in the 2010/11 season becoming the first stallion since the great Danehill to achieve this feat with only four crops of racing age.

This season Lonhro will finish second to Danehill's son Fastnet Rock on the general sires table but will collect the Champion 2YO Sire title due in part to the deeds of his outstanding Triple Crown winning son Pierro. Lonhro now commands a stud fee of $A110,000 and his sons at stud already include G1 winning galloper Denman and O'Lonhro.

In New Zealand, the brilliant G1 Stradbroke Handicap winner Thorn Park shares a similar distinction. Also retired to stud in 2004, Thorn Park was crowned New Zealand's Champion Sire in the 2010/2011 season, becoming the first stallion since Zabeel to win the sire premiership in that country with only four crops of racing age.

The leading sire of G1 winners (by wins) in Australasia last season, Thorn Park has enjoyed another memorable season to finish second in 2011/12 to veteran sire O'Reilly.

Thorn Park's representatives include five times G1 winner Jimmy Choux and four times G1 winner Veyron. He also is the sire of the smart G1 performed galloper Ocean Park, who finished an unlucky second in the G1 Rosehill Guineas.

Standing in 2012 at Windsor Park Stud, Thorn Park will be joined in the New Zealand stallion ranks by his outstanding son Jimmy Choux who commences stud duties in September.

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