From Racing & Sports: Glenfiddich has found a home at stud with the son of Fastnet Rock to take up residence at Aquis Farm’s Queensland property.
From Breednet: Aquis Farm is thrilled to announce that Glennfiddich, the Group 2 winning son of Champion Sire, Fastnet Rock, will stand at their Canungra based farm this season.
Aquis Farm is thrilled to announce that Glennfiddich, the Group 2 winning son of Champion Sire, Fastnet Rock, will stand at their Canungra based farm this season.
A brilliant 2YO who would ultimately finish a nose second in the Gr.1 Champagne Stakes, Glenfiddich resumed at three with a third in the Gr.1 Memsie before capturing the Gr.2 Bill Stutt Stakes over 1600m at Moonee Valley.
“We couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to stand a stallion of this calibre,” Aquis Director of Sales, Jonathan Davies, said. “Glenfiddich is an outstanding athlete and breeders love a horse that showed so much precocity yet could mature and take it up to the best of them over a mile. And he’s by Fastnet Rock!”
Competing at black type level at all but two of his career starts (five of the final six at Group 1), Glenfiddich competed against the elite sprinter/milers in Australia.
Thrown in at the deep end from day one, Glenfiddich’s juvenile highlights included a second to Hanseatic in the Listed Blue Diamond Preview, a lip second in the Magic Millions Adelaide 2YO Classic, a three-length demolition in the Mornington Sires’ and, in his final start at two, run a nose second to multiple Group 1 winner, King’s Legacy, in the Champagne Stakes.
“Glenfiddich always raced against top company,” Davies adds. “He split King’s Legacy and Ole Kirk in the Champagne and the latter went on to win a Golden Rose and Caulfield Guineas. First up at three Glenfiddich ran third behind 3-time Group 1 winner, Behemoth, and Derby winner, Mr Quickie, in the Gr.1 Memsie with a lot of good horses in his wake that day.”
Glenfiddich would then capture the Bill Stutt Stakes and emulate sire greats such as Pierro, Encosta De Lago, Canny Lad and Zabeel by taking out the prestigious Group 2.
Spreadeagling his opposition in the Stutt, the beaten brigade included 4-time stakes winner Cherry Tortoni and Australian Guineas winner, Lunar Fox.
Glenfiddich is by multiple Champion Australian Sire and major stallion influence, Fastnet Rock (185 stakes winners), whose sire sons include Foxwedge, Hinchinbrook and Smart Missile.
Indeed, Fastnet Rock is a major influence in this well-related pedigree given that he is also the sire of Glenfiddich’s close relations Eleven Eleven (winner of $2.9 million in prizemoney) and Gr.1 Doomben Cup winner, Comin’ Through. Other members of this power packed family include the 4-time Group 1 winner, Criterion.
Glenfiddich was bred by (and part-owned by) Ian Smith’s Edinburgh Park Stud and carries the familiar IKS brand.
“We always had a lot of confidence in Glenfiddich and it’s not hard to work out why; he’s such a lovely type of horse, with a great temperament and that family has worked so well for us,” Smith said. “There’s something like 10 stakes horses alone in the second dam, while others on the page represent some of the best racehorses we’ve seen on Australian tracks over the last decade or so.
“Edinburgh Park was very happy to retain a share in Glenfiddich after the yearling sale and we’re ecstatic that he’s heading to Aquis Farm where he will get every opportunity to succeed. The owners and I will be supporting him with some nice mares,” concluded Smith.
Glenfiddich will stand at a fee of $8,800. Please contact Jonathan Davies on 0423 033 858 or the team at Aquis Farm to schedule a private viewing.