Boom Australian-bred colt, Heroic Valour, has maintained his unbeaten record in New Zealand with a thrilling victory in the Listed Northland Breeders Stakes at Ruakaka on Saturday.
Having his first run as a 3YO after notching up three wins – including the Group One Diamond Stakes and a Listed race – in his juvenile season, Heroic Valour lived right up to his name at Ruakaka, fighting on gamely to get the verdict by a head.
“He really toughed it out,” trainer Jamie Richards observed. “He didn’t have things all his own way … he copped a check at the top of the straight and then got squeezed up again and took a while to get into the clear. He has a lot of class and determination and he gives his all … a very good horse.”
Bred by the Coolmore associated Katom in NSW, Heroic Valour was purchased as a yearling for $NZ400,000 and his ultimate target is the Group One 2000 Guineas in November.
“We’re very proud of Fastnet Rock and this weekend’s results effectively demonstrate the scale of his achievements,” Coolmore Australia’s Bloodstock Sales Manager, Shane McGrath, points out.
“Heroic Valour was the star 2YO in New Zealand last season and was a particularly good looking yearling … a horse that we always rated highly at the farm.
“Fastnet Rock is now a proven sire of sires with his sons having claimed champion first season sire honours in Australia for each of the last two seasons and Heroic Valour obviously has huge stallion potential.
“He (Fastnet Rock) is a world-class sire and there’s nothing he can’t do. A trio of his European-bred progeny won stakes races in Europe over the weekend, including a Group One winning 2YO filly (Intricately in the Moyglare Stud Stakes), to take his tally of stakes winners to 97 (24 Group One winners) while his sons have produced stakes winners in Australia for each of the last two Saturdays.
“And just for good measure, his daughters are excelling as producers too, with Group One Golden Rose runner-up Omei Sword, another graduate of Coolmore Australia, being produced from a Fastnet Rock mare.
“Fastnet Rock’s still a relatively young stallion with an abundance of exciting progeny to represent him over the next number of months and years, so who knows the limit of what he will achieve.”