mike@stockwellthoroughbreds.com.au     0412 538 155 brodie@stockwellthoroughbreds.com.au     0437 788 434

Rock Sturdy

launches at Stockwell Thoroughbreds

  • Group 2 winner ATC Shannon S (1500m), 3rd VRC Emirates S. Gr1 – won or placed 13 of 24 starts $ 495,000 earnings.

  • By Champion Sire and emerging sire of sires FASTNET ROCK – sire of Champion First and now Second Season sire, the Gr 3 winner Hinchinbrook and this season’s Leading First Season sire Smart Missile, a Gr 2 winner.

  • From proven stallion making family of the great COZZENE, champion US turf miler and Champion US sire.

  • From a smart winning Quest For Fame mare, champion broodmare sire and damsire of current stallions Tavistock and Skilled.


FASTNET ROCK Champion 3YO colt & sprinter in Australia in 2005. 6 wins to 1200m, $1,724,100, VRC Lightning S., Gr.1, MRC Oakleigh P., Gr.1, AJC Up and Coming S., Gr.2, VRC Lexus Classic S., Gr.2, Rory's Jester P., Gr.3, NSW Tatt's RC Roman Consul S., Gr.3, 2d AJC TJ Smith S., Gr.1, VRC Newmarket H., Gr.1, AJC San Domenico S., Gr.2, STC Pago Pago S., Gr.2, MRC Guineas Prelude, Gr.3, STC Skyline S., Gr.3, 3d AJC Sires' Produce S., Gr.1, 4th STC Golden Slipper S., Gr.1. Champion Aust. Sire in 2011-12, 2014-15, second in 2012-13. Leading Aust. Sire (worldwide earnings) in 2011-12, 2014-15. Leading Aust. Sire of 3YOs in 2011-12, 2014-15. Sire of 1157 progeny to race, 772 winners (66.0%), earnings of over $96 million, 95 stakes winners, 86 stakes placegetters, inc.
ATLANTIC JEWEL (08f, Zabeel, Nashwan). ATC All Aged S., Gr.1, MRC Memsie S., Gr.1.
SEA SIREN (08f, Success Express, Haulpak). BRC Doomben Ten Thousand S., Gr.1.
FASCINATING ROCK (11c, Polar Falcon, Ela-Mana-Mou). Ascot Champion S., Gr.1.
PLANET ROCK (08f, Zabeel, Defensive Play). New Zealand One Thousand Guineas, Gr.1.
AMICUS (11f, El Moxie, Made of Gold). MRC Thousand Guineas, Gr.1.
SUPER COOL (09g, Kingmambo, Roberto). VRC Australian Cup, Gr.1, 2d Victoria Derby, Gr.1.
NECHITA (09f, Peintre Celebre, Marscay). VRC Coolmore Stud S., Gr.1.
WANTED (06c, Snippets, Southern Appeal). VRC Newmarket H., Gr.1.
IRISH LIGHTS (06f, Hennessy, Affirmed). MRC Thousand Guineas, Gr.1.
ROCK CLASSIC (06g, Peintre Celebre, Luskin Star). VRC Australian Guineas, Gr.1.
MOSHEEN (08f, Stravinsky, Kaapstad). ATC Randwick Guineas, Gr.1, VRC Oaks, Gr.1.
DRIEFONTEIN (09f, Export Price, Scrupules). SAJC Robert Sangster Classic, Gr.1.
FIRST SEAL (11f, Scenic, Best Western). ATC Flight S., Gr.1, 2d ATC Spring Champion S., Gr.1.
ATLANTE (10c, More Than Ready, Kingmambo). New Zealand Two Thousand Guineas, Gr.1.
FOXWEDGE (08c, Forest Wildcat, Water Bank). MVRC William Reid S., Gr.1.
LONE ROCK (07f, Lion Cavern, Night Shift). SAJC Goodwood H., Gr.1, VRC Bobbie Lewis H., Gr.3.
HEROIC VALOUR (13c, Nassipour, Western Symphony). ARC Diamond S., Gr.1.
DIAMONDSANDRUBIES (12f, Sadler's Wells, Darshaan). Curragh Pretty Polly S., Gr.1.
QUALIFY (12f, Galileo, The Minstrel). The Oaks, Gr.1, Curragh Park S., Gr.3.
MAGICOOL (11g, Galileo, Darshaan). BRC Queensland Derby, Gr.1, VRC UCI S., L.
ROCK 'N' POP (08c, Sir Tristram, In the Purple). New Zealand Two Thousand Guineas, Gr.1.
ALBANY REUNION (09g, Fusaichi Pegasus, Secreto). ARC Easter H., Gr.1.
YOUR SONG (09c, Fuji Kiseki, Mr. Prospector). BRC BTC Cup, Gr.1, 3d ATC Roman Consul S., Gr.2.
ONE FOOT IN HEAVEN (12c, Peintre Celebre, Alleged). Grand Prix de Chantilly, Gr.2.
SMART MISSILE (08c, Comic Strip, Fappiano). ATC Todman S., Gr.2, 2d ATC Golden Rose S., Gr.1.
PETROLOGY (11g, Irish River, Tap on Wood). MRC Sandown Guineas, Gr.2.
CURVED BALL (06c, Zabeel, Twig Moss). Turffontein Dingaans H., Gr.2, Sea Cottage S., L.
ROTHESAY (06c, Woodman, Bletchingly). BRC Queensland Guineas, Gr.2.
LUMOSTY (11f, Bachelor Duke, Indian Ridge). Moonee Valley Fillies Classic, Gr.2.
NINTH LEGION (09g, Xaar, Khairpour). ATC Villiers S., Gr.2, 2d ATC Phar Lap S., Gr.2.
EMPRESS ROCK (08f, Encosta de Lago, Bureaucracy). VRC AV Kewney S., Gr.2.
TURRET ROCKS (13f, Galileo, Nashwan). Doncaster May Hill S., Gr.2.
ZULULAND (11c, Hennessy, Saratoga Six). VRC Sires' Produce S., Gr.2, 2d ATC Champagne S., Gr.1.
VALENTIA (11c, Mister C, Steel Pulse). ATC Skyline S., Gr.2, 3d ATC Stan Fox S., Gr.2.
SCANDIVA (10f, Snippets, Vain). ATC Magic Night S., Gr.2, 2d ATC Sires' Produce S., Gr.1.
CLUSTER (10c, Last Tycoon, Bletchingly). ATC Theo Marks S., Gr.2, 3d MVRC Bill Stutt S., Gr.2.
ROCK STURDY (10c, Quest for Fame, Silver Deputy). Subject horse.
JOLIE BAY (09f, Snippets, Last Tycoon). ATC Roman Consul S., Gr.2, 2d VRC Coolmore Stud S., Gr.1.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED (08c, Al Hareb, Marscay). MVRC Alister Clark S., Gr.2.
RAIN DRUM (07g, Thunder Gulch, Bletchingly). ATC Shannon S., Gr.2, 2d MRC Eclipse S., Gr.3.
FAST 'N' ROCKING (10g, Hennessy, Semipalatinsk). MRC HDF McNeil S., Gr.3.
JAZZ SONG (10f, Snowland, Pine Bluff). MVRC Typhoon Tracy S., Gr.3.
HINCHINBROOK (07c, Snippets, Storm Bird). AJC Skyline S., Gr.3 2d ATC All Aged S., Gr.1.
STRYKER (06c, Woodman, Star Watch). BRC BTC Classic, Gr.3 3d AJC Galaxy H., Gr.1.
WE'RE GONNA ROCK (06g, Dehere, Salieri). VRC Bobbie Lewis H., Gr.3, 2d MRC Toorak H., Gr.1.
His sire sons include Hinchinbrook (6 SW), Stryker, Wanted, Foxwedge, Smart Missile, Rothesay, etc.


QUEST FOR FAME. 5 wins from 1¼m to 1½m, £1,013,708, The Derby, Gr.1, Hollywood Turf H., Gr.1, Santa Anita San Luis Obispo H., Gr.2, 2d York International S., Gr.1, 3d Breeders' Cup Turf S., Gr.1-twice. Sire of winners of over $47 million - 43 stakes winners, inc. VISCOUNT, TRIBUTES, SARRERA, DRACULA, UNWORLDLY, DE BEERS, FAMOUS DIGGER, HOCKNEY, SEA BATTLE, HIGH PRAISE, etc. Maternal sire of winners of over $61 million - 52 stakes winners, inc. SKILLED, EREWHON, TAVISTOCK, AFRICAN ROSE, NORZITA, COMPLACENT, LAMASERY, AMBIDEXTER, DEFERENTIAL, FAMOUS NAME, etc.


1st Dam

TZU HSI, by Quest for Fame. 5 wins-2 at 2-at 1200m, 1400m, A$253,700, AJC Income Protection 2YO H., Mick Young Scholarship Trust H., Sydney City Lexus Hybrid H. Half-sister to SULTRY FEELING, SWIFT ALLIANCE, New Day Rising. Dam of five named foals, three to race, all winners, inc:-
ROCK STURDY (c. by Fastnet Rock). Subject horse.

2nd Dam

VISUAL EMOTION, by Silver Deputy. 3 wins to 1100m. Three-quarter-sister to UNCLE WOGER, half-sister to Dospazos. Dam of 5 foals, all winners-
SWIFT ALLIANCE (Don Eduardo). 9 wins at 1100m, 1200m, NZ$6,000, A$628,100, VRC Hong Kong Jockey Club S., Gr.3 STC Sebring S., Gr.3-twice, AJC Show County H., L, Razor Sharp H., L, Sydney City Toyota H., STC Rosehill Gardens Event Centre H., Great Steaks at The Freeway H., Rosehill Event Centre H., 2d AJC Galaxy H., Gr.1, 4th AJC Challenge S., Gr.2. Sire.
SULTRY FEELING (Encosta de Lago). 5 wins-1 at 2-at 1100m, 1200m, A$465,125, to 2015-16, ATC Birthday Card S., Gr.3 Triscay S., Gr.3 2d MRC Blue Sapphire S., L, 3d Qld Tatt's RC Tattersall's Tiara, Gr.1, ATC Magic Night S., Gr.2, Newcastle JC Tibbie S., Gr.3 4th ATC Furious S., Gr.2, PJ Bell S., Gr.3 VRC Hong Kong Jockey Club S., Gr.3 Gucci S., Gr.3.
New Day Rising (Fastnet Rock). 5 wins-1 at 2-from 1100m to 1600m, A$311,350, ATC Schweppes H., De Bortoli Wines Welter H., Liverpool Leader H., 2d STC Pago Pago S., Gr.2, 3d Toowoomba TC Weetwood H., L.

3rd Dam

MISSISSIPPI JO, by Gulch. Winner at 7f in U.S.A. Half-sister to Peaceful Raider (dam of UNCLE WOGER), Money Tree (dam of DIAMOND DOLLARS), Nyoka (dam of BRAVE INDIGO, BEAT OF DRUMS, GLACIAL). Dam of 9 foals, 8 to race, 4 winners, inc:-
Dospazos (Ogygian). Winner at 2 in Peru, 3d Monterrico Clasico Flor de Loto, Gr.3.

4th Dam

MOVIN' MONEY, by Dr Fager. 3 wins, Del Mar Oaks, Gr.2, 3d Santa Anita Linda Vista H., Gr.3 4th Del Mar San Clemente S., L. Sister to IVY ROAD, half-sister to COZZENE, MOCHILA. Dam of 12 foals, 11 to race, 6 winners, inc:- Nyoka. Unraced. Dam of-
BRAVE INDIGO (Rainbow Quest). 6 wins-3 at 2, Rome Premio Guido Berardelli, Gr.2. Sire.
Nokomis. 3 wins-1 at 2-in Italy. Dam of-
SELMIS (Selkirk). 7 wins at 1600m, 2000m, €394,067, Rome Premio Presidente della Repubblica, Gr.1. Sire.

Mike Becker wasn’t going to stand a stallion so soon after launching Stockwell Thoroughbreds but he couldn’t let the chance slip when offered Fastnet Rock’s Group 2 winner Rock Sturdy.

“I guess old habits are hard to break,” Becker conceded. “But I found it impossible to pass up the opportunity when Gooree Stud asked me to stand him in Victoria.”

Rock Sturdy (5h Fastnet Rock - Tzu Hsi by Quest For Fame) was trained by Joe Pride and in his first prep won a Canterbury maiden on the way to a Group 3 placing in the Carbine Club Stakes during the 2014 Championships at Randwick.

He came of age the following spring in a meteoric rise up the ranks in Sydney. “He’s a nice colt, I’ve always had an opinion of him,” Pride said after a Benchmark 80 win at Rosehill. “He has a lot of upside and is an exciting horse.”

Pride was bang on the money. Rock Sturdy doubled up on a Heavy 8 at Randwick (1400m) and then ran Group 1 winner Manawanui to a head in the G3 Bill Ritchie Hcp (1400m).

That was the prelude to a career-best victory a week later in the G2 Shannon Stakes (1500m). "I like what I saw today,” Pride remarked after a crushing victory at Rosehill. “It was a pretty soft win and he wasn't under much pressure."

Rock Sturdy had got under the handicapper’s guard with just 52kg for the G1 Epsom Hcp (1600m) and was pre-post favourite to join Gooree star Desert War in the Big Mile.

"But the Epsom was the last thing on our minds when we realised he had pulled up with a suspensory," Pride recalled. "Not many horses return from that sort of injury but he came back and finished third to Turn Me Loose in the G1 Emirates Stakes at Flemington last year.

“That showed me what he was capable of at his best. He had a winning attitude and just found a way to get the job done.”

Stockwell Thoroughbreds will stand Rock Sturdy as its foundation stallion at Diggers Rest for a $7,700 (inc gst) service fee. His dam Tzu Hsi defeated Cheeky Choice in a Randwick nursery and the runner-up went on to win a G1 Flight Stakes.

“There’s no shortage of Fastnet Rock stallions out there,” Becker said. “But Rock Sturdy was top-class and his family goes back to Cozzene who won a Breeders’ Cup Mile and was Champion USA Sire at Gainesway Farm in Kentucky.

“I’m looking forward to doing business with Gooree again. They are serious horse people and were strong supporters of Artie Schiller while he was based with me in Victoria.

“And yes, I’m very happy to be standing a stallion again. Especially one with a stallion’s pedigree like Rock Sturdy.”

For more information & enquiries, broodmare owners should contact Mike Becker (0412 538 155) or Brodie Becker (0437 788 434).

Article from tbv.com.au

Rock Sturdy runs a brilliant third to Turn Me Loose in the G1 Emirates Stakes.

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