Rivercrest Park Stud owner Steve Hoare has purchased a share and the standing rights in stakes-winning Fastnet Rock stallion Hvasstan.
Based in WA’s south-west at Stratham, Hoare sealed the deal in February with managing part-owner Manny Gelagotis. Hvasstan retired to Queensland in 2015 and his first-crop yearlings have been catalogued for the Magic Millions March Sale and Capricornia Sale in April.
There were just 15 mares in each of his first two books at stud. “Manny is excited about the numbers Hvasstan will attract in WA…he certainly deserves more mares than he’s been covering,” Hoare said. “We will stand him for an $1,100 (inc gst) service fee.”
Rivercrest Park has made a success of its bargain-based fee structure. Group 1 performer God Has Spoken averages over 80 mares at an $1,100 fee and his first-crop yearlings sold for $44,000 and $40,000 at the 2018 Perth Magic Millions.
A horse with unprecedented ability, Hvasstan is regarded by Manny as the most talented horse ever trained by his brother Peter. “He’s the most naturally talented racehorse that should have won a Group 1 title in his three-year-old campaign. At his peak, we rated him higher than our weight-for-age champion Mourinho.
“Looking back on his career, he was the crème of his crop at three in the (G2) Alister Clark Stakes at Moonee Valley and (G3) Norman Robinson Stakes at Caulfield.”
Champion Coolmore Stud shuttler Fastnet Rock (Danehill) is a growing influence as a sire of sires. Hvasstan and Your Song arrived in the same crop while Foxwedge and Hinchinbrook are a year or two older than the Sunspeed newcomer.
His dam Snow Hero (True Hero) won 7 races and earned black-type for Clarry Connors when runner-up a LR Millie Fox Stakes at Rosehill. And there’s a couple of connections to a legendary WA stallion further back in her pedigree.
Second-dam Samoan Moon is a daughter of Haulpak and is a three-quarter sister to Coal Pak, a son of Haulpak who travelled to Melbourne to win a G1 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield.
|Pas de Nom|
|Piccadilly Circus||Royal Academy||Nijinsky|
|True Hero||The Minstrel||Northern Dancer|
|Badge of Courage||Well Decorated|
|Pago Moon||Pago Pago|
A Champion Sprinter & Champion Sire
Dual Champion Sire with 32 individual Group 1 winners
4 Group 1 winning 2YOs since the start of 2016
13 million-dollar yearlings since the start of 2015
Proven Group 1 sire of sires - Smart Missile, Hinchinbrook, Foxwedge, Your Song etc.
Sire of 130 stakes winners (to February 2018)
Sire of 32 Group 1 winners….
AGE OF FIRE - 2018 Levin Classic
ALBANY REUNION - 2014 NZ Easter Handicap
AMICUS - 2014 MRC One Thousand Guineas
ATLANTE - 2013 New Zealand 2000 Guineas
ATLANTIC JEWEL - 2012 ATC All-Aged Stakes; 2013 MRC Caulfield Stakes; 2013 MRC Memsie Stakes; 2011 MRC One Thousand Guineas
AWESOME ROCK - 2016 VRC Emirates Stakes
CATCHY - 2017 MRC Blue Diamond Stakes
DIAMONDSANDRUBIES - 2015 Curragh Pretty Polly Stakes
DRIEFONTEIN - 2014 SAJC Robert Sangster Stakes
FASCINATING ROCK - 2016 Irish Tattersalls Gold Cup; 2015 GB Champion Stakes
FIRST SEAL - 2014 ATC Flight Stakes
FOXWEDGE - 2012 MVRC William Reid Stakes
HEROIC VALOUR - 2016 Auckland Diamond Stakes
INTRICATELY - 2016 Irish Moyglare Stud Stakes
IRISH LIGHTS - 2009 MRC One Thousand Guineas
LONE ROCK - 2011 SAJC Goodwood Handicap
MAGICOOL - 2015 BRC Queensland Derby
MERCHANT NAVY - 2017 VRC Coolmore Stud Stakes
MOSHEEN - 2012 VRC Australian Guineas; 2011 VRC Oaks; 2012 ATC Vinery Stud Stakes; 2012 ATC Royal Randwick Guineas
NECHITA - 2012 VRC Coolmore Stud Stakes
PLANET ROCK - 2011 New Zealand 1000 Guineas
QUALIFY - 2015 GB English Oaks
RIVET - 2016 GB Doncaster Racing Post Trophy
ROCK CLASSIC - 2010 VRC Australian Guineas
ROCK 'N' POP - 2011 New Zealand 2000 Guineas
SEA SIREN - 2012 BRC Doomben 10,000; 2012 BTC Cup; 2012 MVRC Manikato Stakes
SHOALS - 2017 VRC Myer Classic
SUPER COOL - 2013 VRC Australian Cup
WANTED - 2010 VRC Newmarket Handicap
YOUR SONG - 2013 BTC Cup
ZHUKOVA - 2017 USA Man O'War Stakes
Snow Hero, by True Hero. 7 wins-1 at 2-to 1400m, A$193,855, Hawkesbury RC Princess S., AJC Liquorstax H., STC Swifty Fifty H., 2d BTC Glenlogan Park S., L, STC Millie Fox S., L, Esanda Finance H., 3d STC Queen of the Turf S., Gr.2, 4th AJC PJ Bell H., L. Half-sister to Southerly Wind. Dam of seven named foals, six to race, five winners, inc:-
HVASSTAN (c. by Fastnet Rock).
Her Diamond Rock (f. by Fastnet Rock). 2 wins at 1100m, 1400m, A$113,965, MRC Wafex Sovereign P., 2d MRC TMB Printing H., 3d MRC Sportingbet H.
Spirited Hero (g. by Bel Esprit). 2 wins-1 at 2-at 1000m, 1200m. Her Diamond Spirit (f. by Bel Esprit). Winner at 1300m.
Miss Snowhawk (f. by Black Hawk). Winner at 1200m.
SAMOAN MOON, by Haulpak. Raced once. Three-quarter-sister to COAL PAK, Honey Wings (dam of COUNTRY BLAZER, SOUTH OF FRANCE III). Dam of 6 named foals, 5 to race, all winners, inc:-
Snow Hero (True Hero). 7 wins. See above.
Southerly Wind (Zandastar). 10 wins from 1200m to 1600m in Malaysia, Penang TC Class 1 H., Singapore TC Cockpen S., Tiger Beer Triple Challenge-3 times, 3d Perak TC Coronation Cup, L.
Ms. Hayberry. 2 wins at 1000m, 1200m, 3d AJC Eastlakes H. Dam of-
Best Weapon. 6 wins at 1200m, 1400m, 52,509Rgt., S$248,760 in Malaysia and Singapore, Singapore TC Mitsubishi Electric Cup, Kranji B S., Class 3 H.
PAGO MOON, by Pago Pago. 5 wins at 1100m, 1200m, WATC Allegation H., Tusitala Quality S., Kingsman Graduation H., 4th WATC Canberra Television Classic H., L. Three-quarter-sister to SOUTH OF FRANCE III, half-sister to COAL PAK, Honey Wings (dam of COUNTRY BLAZER). Dam of 5 foals, 3 to race, inc:-
Heed the Moon - Maximillion (Mal.). 4 wins from 1200m to 1600m in Malaysia.
Bay | 2009 | Entered stud in 2015
$1,100 (inc. gst) - FR (conditions apply)
35 Starts: 4-4-0 Prizemoney: $470,000
WON MRC G3 Norman Robinson Stakes
WON MRC Le Pine Funerals Hcp
WON MVRC Drummond Golf Hcp
WON Sale Brief Affair Maiden Plate
2ND LR VRC UCI Stakes
4TH G1 VRC Victoria Derby
4TH G1 VRC Australian Guineas