Fastnet Rock Blueblood Wins on Debut

Mark Smith - Wednesday April 24

Royally-bred Fastnet Rock filly My Xanadu still has plenty to learn, which adds further merit to her winning debut in the Roderick Insurance Maiden Plate (1212m) at Geelong on Wednesday.

My Xanadu enjoying her day out (image Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

Ridden by Linda Meech for Peter Moody and Katherine Coleman, My Xanadu did little wrong in the run, travelling sweetly outside the leader Idhana. As soon as she headed the $1,500,000 I Am Invincible filly, My Xanadu pricked her ears as if it was job done, and Meech was forced to keep her mind on the job for a hard-fought half-length win.

“She nearly pulled up. I think she knew she had it won and was coasting,” Meech said.


“She has an outstanding pedigree, and it’s great for (owner/breeders) Ron and Judy Wanless. They should put her on the plane to Queensland where the Wanless’ can see her in their home state. She is a very nice filly.”

A half-sister to the Listed SAJC Oaklands Plate winner He's Heaven (Zoustar), My Xanadu is the fifth winner from as many to race for Lights Of Heaven, whose eight wins were highlighted by the Group 1 SAJC Schweppes Oaks and four Group IIs and a Group III.

My Xanadu looks the part (image Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

The daughter of Zabeel is also a Wanless family homebred. A descendant of the champion Chiquita, Lights Of Heaven has a 2-ear-old filly by The Autumn Sun and a yearling colt by So You Think.

Sadly, the So You Think foal from Lights Of Heaven died after birth last spring, and she missed to Wootton Bassett (GB).



Race Result - Roderick Insurance Mdn Plate 1212m

Geelong Track: Soft(5) Time: 1:12.38
My Xanadu
- 3f Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Lights Of Heaven (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
Tnr: P G Moody & Katherine Coleman Rdr: Ms L J Meech 57
- 3c I Am Invincible (AUS) x Egyptian Symbol (AUS) (Stratum (AUS))
Tnr: M Price & M Kent Jnr Rdr: L Currie 59
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $1,500,000
Seller: Cressfield, Scone
Buyer: Kia-Ora Stud / TFI / Ciaron Maher Bloodstock
Buzz City
- 3g Merchant Navy (AUS) x Classic Charlotte (USA) (In Summation (USA))
Tnr: A & S Freedman Rdr: Ben Allen 59
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $200,000
Seller: Newhaven Park, Boorowa, NSW
Buyer: Freedman Racing/Julian Blaxland Bloodstock (FBAA)
Divine Belle
- 3f Divine Prophet (AUS) x Hi Belle (AUS) (Clangalang (AUS))
Tnr: Jerome Hunter Rdr: Craig Williams 57
El Sordo
- 3g Toronado (IRE) x Inyanga (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Tnr: Jamie Edwards Rdr: Ms W Costin 59
- 3f Territories (IRE) x Electra (AUS) (Zizou (AUS))
Tnr: M, W & J Hawkes Rdr: J Mott 57
- 4g Zoustar (AUS) x Fabvier (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Tnr: Chris Calthorpe Rdr: A Lynch 59.5
Magic Of Dubai
- 3f Puissance De Lune (IRE) x Dubai Magic (AUS) (Dubai Destination (USA))
Tnr: Jerome Hunter Rdr: D W Stackhouse 57
- 4g Sebring (AUS) x Unreal Deal (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
Tnr: P A Banks Rdr: Luke Dempsey 59.5
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