Fastnet Rock / Gallant Tess (Galileo)
Bay 2010 16.2H
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"Rock Hero out of Gallant Tess, arguably the best Galielo mare to ever race in Australia.. there is every reason to believe that Rock Hero will pass these genteic traits onto his progeny" - Michael Malone / Stud Manager Kitchin Hill Stud
CHAMPION SIRE FASTNET ROCK
Rock Hero is an outstanding stakes winning son of champion Sire Fastnet Rock with an impeccable stallions pedigree. Bred on the Fastnet Rock/Sadler's Wells cross that has produced 71% winners to runners and 29% stakes winners to runners. Rock Hero's pedigree displays the "Galileo/Danehill" cross which has been responsible for 16% stakes winners to runners, including one of the all-time greats in Frankel, (rated 143 by Timeform).
OUT OF THE BEST GALILEO MARE
Rock Hero is the first foal of the brilliant group winner "Gallant Tess" who is arguably the best Galileo mare produced in Australia. One of the best runners for Galileo in this part of the world, Gallant Tess won five races including the Gr.2 Chelmsford Stakes, the Gr.2 Breeders' Classic and the Listed Fernhill Handicap. She was also placed at Group 1 level on five other occasion.
STAKES WINNING / GROUP PERFORMER
Rock Hero is an impressive stakes winning / group performer who displayed a great turn of foot with a high cruising speed. He won or placed from 1400m to 1600. He displayed brilliant speed when running a track record and breaking his maiden status at Canterbury by six and half lengths over 1550. He was a gifted galloper that showed untapped ability with an ultra-impressive victory in the Listed Dulcify Handicap after missing the start.
AN OUTSTANDING MILER
Rock Hero was an outstanding miler and looked like a major Autumn Carnival contender after a gutsy second in the Gr.2 Autumn Stakes at Caulfield, unfortunately injuring himself and bringing his racing career to a premature end. David Payne commented that he would have won a Gr.1 over 1600m if he had not received this career ending injury... He was a proven 3yo sprinter / miler with the potential and scope to race on over further distances as he matured and was a very special horse in the making.