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Fascinating Rock gets off the mark to continue Ballylinch Stud's hot spell

High Peak was bred and sold by the County Kilkenny nursery

Fascinating Rock: Ballylinch Stud opened his account at stud on Tuesday
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Fascinating Rock continued the hot run of form of Ballylinch Stud's first-season sires by supplying his breakthrough winner on Tuesday when High Peak recorded a cosy success in the Join Racing TV Now Novice Median Auction Stakes at Thirsk. 

The Mark Johnston-trained colt was bred by Ballylinch and bought by the Middleham-based handler for just 8,000gns at the Tattersalls December Yearling Sale.

High Peak is the 15th and final foal out of Expectation, a placed daughter of Night Shift who was 23 when Tuesday's winner was conceived.

She has now produced eight winners, including three with a Racing Post Rating of 100 or higher, namely the Group 2 Richmond Stakes winner Always Hopeful, the Listed-placed Nacho Libre and classy handicapper Extraterrestrial.

Expectation and her brood share their pedigree with the likes of Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Front Row and Norfolk and Temple Stakes scorer Mind Games.

High Peak gives Fascinating Rock a first winner
Fascinating Rock is a Newtown Anner Stud homebred by Fastnet Rock who developed into a top-class older performer. He won eight races while under the care of Dermot Weld, most notably the Tattersalls Gold Cup, in which he beat Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine Found, who he also got the better of in the Qipco Champion Stakes.

He retired to Ballylinch Stud in 2017 and covered his debut book at a fee of €10,000. The resulting crop numbers 61 two-year-olds.

His first crop of yearlings sold for up to 140,000gns and averaged £27,560 for 26 sold.

Maurice Regan's Newtown Anner Stud threw its support behind Fascinating Rock's progeny in the sales ring, purchasing his most expensive yearling, a filly out of Lady Livius, and his second priciest lot, the €160,000 filly out of Bebhinn.

Fascinating Rock is the second of Ballylinch Stud's first-season sires of 2020 to get off the mark, with New Bay having sired eye-catching winners First Prophet and Perotto.


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The Mark Johnston-trained colt was bred by Ballylinch and bought by the Middleham-based handler for just 8,000gns at the Tattersalls December Sale
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