Comin’ Through (Fastnet Rock) is a unique individual in Sir Owen Glenn’s Go Bloodstock empire. It’s not pedigree or Group 1 performance that sets him apart, but age.
“We’ve got 26 yearlings, 22 2-year-olds, only a handful of 3-year-olds and a couple of 4-year-olds and he’s the only older one,” said bloodstock and racing manager Geoff Roan. “It’s not a massive racing team, but it is programming that way.”
Trained by Chris Waller, Comin’ Through was a last-start winner of the G2 Tramway S., at Randwick and will be out to further his record and keep a dream alive in Saturday’s G1 Makybe Diva S., at Flemington.
“When he won the Doomben Cup last season a JRA agent based in Sydney was there and he said to us would you consider a race like the Japan Cup.” – Geoff Roan.
“When he won the Doomben Cup last season a JRA agent based in Sydney was there and he said to us would you consider a race like the Japan Cup,” Roan said.
“It’s something we’d like to do and a long-term goal. He’s been inoculated, but he would have to right at the top of his game.
“As long as he runs well in the Makybe Diva and then the Underwood, that’s the race over 1800 metres we’ve targeted, we would gain confidence and look at Japan more seriously. You have to have a goal.”
A half-brother to the multiple Group 1 winner Criterion, Comin’ Through is a son of Mica’s Pride (Bite The Bullet), who is one of 55 broodmares in Sir Owen’s band.
“She’s got a Sebring filly and is going to Russian Revolution,” Roan said. “Owen bought into Russian Revolution after the Roman Consul and he also bought a significant share in Merchant Navy after he won the Coolmore.”
They will be sending up to 15 mares to each stallion after completing their breeding plans for the season. “They are spread between Newgate, Segenhoe and Coolmore,” Roan said. “We do the matings as a team and use the guys on the farm. We take advice from Henry Field, Peter O’Brien and Tom Magnier and the guys at Coolmore.
“We take advice from Henry Field, Peter O’Brien and Tom Magnier and the guys at Coolmore.” – Geoff Roan.
“We’ll be using Fastnet Rock and I Am Invincible and those types of stallions and Flying Artie, Owen’s got a share in him as well.
“Owen’s not so commercially driven, he wants to race most of them. Asavant, a Zabeel mare, will be going to Merchant Navy, Gust Of Wind has got a Snitzel colt and will be going to Criterion and so will Ruud Awakening.”
Criterion was an outstanding galloper, winning four times at the highest level and recording Group 1 placings in the Cox Plate, the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups and the Hong Kong and the Queen Elizabeth II Cups. But it hasn’t been plain sailing since he retired to Newgate.
“His fertility is patchy at best, he’s just not consistent,” Roan said. “He’s a rig and in the off season we took out a testicle, the one up high.
“There’s a fair bit of research on it so we’re hoping his fertility improves. We’ll be sending 20-odd mares to him.”