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Klawervlei: 21 And Counting For Curved Ball Sire

Curved Ball, the first son of Fastnet Rock to go to stud in South Africa. Image: Candiese Marnewick

Klawervlei’s well performed Curved Ball is by a sire whose global dynasty continues to grow. The mighty Fastnet Rock, who headed Australia’s General Sires List for a second time last season, was represented by his 21st individual G1 winner this weekend.

Fastnet Rock’s son Fascinating Rock gave his sire his third Northern Hemisphere G1 winner of 2015 when he landed the G1 Qipco Champion Stakes (a race won twice previously by Klawervlei’s resident sire Twice Over) at Ascot on Saturday.

Fascinating Rock, who had previously finished second in the G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup and had won four other Group races, had been preceded this year by Fastnet Rock fillies Qualify (G1 Investec Oaks) and Diamondsandrubies (G1 Sea The Stars Pretty Polly Stakes). Another daughter, Turret Rocks, ran second in the recent G1 Total Prix Marcel Boussac and looks a likely classic contender in 2016.

Other notable performers to represent Fastnet Rock this year include Magicool (G1 Queensland Derby), and group race winners Amicus, Cougar Mountain, First Seal, La Saldana and Lumosty.

Currently once again leading the Australian General Sires List, Fastnet Rock already has a top class sire son to his credit in the form of Hinchinbrook, whose first crop son Press Statement won the recent G1 Caulfield Guineas. Hinchinbrook is currently Australia’s Leading Second Crop Sire, with his runners having won more than AUS$1 million this season thus far. Another son of Fastnet Rock, Foxwedge, is the third leading first crop sire “Down Under”.

Winner of the G2 Dingaans, the well related Curved Ball (his relatives include champion sire Marscay) will be represented by his first 2yos this season.

His daughter out of Cash Card sold for R190 000 at the recent CTS Ready To Run Sale held at Inanda Club.

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