Poised to be crowned Champion Sire of 2011/2012, Fastnet Rock is hotter than hot, which is why it was interesting to see his Group I winning colt Rock 'n' Pop being tuned up at the Randwick barrier trials on Monday morning.
Now with Gai Waterhouse, the talented bay was having his first hit out since finishing eighth in the Group I ATC Rosehill Guineas and pleased connections when forging clear to win his 1050 metre trial by a length with Nash Rawiller in the saddle.
"He settled in behind the speed and when the gap presented itself he displayed tremendous acceleration to put the trial away," Rawiller told Racenet.
A $1million purchase from the Esker Lodge draft at the 2010 NZB Premier Yearling Sale, Rock'n' Pop runs for the Te Akau Rock 'n' Pop Syndicate and won the Group I NZ 2000 Guineas over a mile last November, his overall record being three wins and four placings from nine starts.
"We're still undecided on whether he is a genuine stayer or a miler," Rawiller said.
"The Epsom is right there. The Randwick mile will suit him and he's got class."
As a Group I winning son of Fastnet Rock (pictured ) from New Zealand Derby winner Popsy, Rock 'n' Pop has stallion material written all over him, so his progress will be closely watched.