GR1 COOLMORE STUD S.
MERCHANT NAVY (AUS) 2014
3 C (Fastnet Rock - Legally Bay by Snippets)
Run over 1200m on November 04, 2017 at Flemington
Prizemoney: $1,002,500
Trainer: Aaron Purcell
Jockey: M Zahra
Time: 01:09.1
Track Conditions: Good(3)
Race Club: VRC
Winners Details
Sale: 2016 Sydney Easter Yearling Sale
Vendor: Segenhoe Stud Australia Pty Ltd
Breeder: Mr C Barham QLD
Buyer: Ciaron Maher Racing
Purchase Price: $350,000
Sales Co: Inglis
Then came: Invincible Star, Formality, Limestone, Viridine, Dracarys, Malahat, Andaz, Houtzen, Tulip, Lone Eagle, Eptimum, Goodfella, Jukebox, Trapeze Artist, Kementari, Wassergeist, Catchy, Summer Passage, The Mission
 Mrgn.Runners
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J: M Zahra
T: Aaron Purcell
W: 57 kgs
S: Fastnet Rock
D: Legally Bay
0.2L
J: S Baster
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott
W: 55 kgs
S: I Am Invincible
D: Romany Flyer
0.3L
J: K Mc Evoy
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig
W: 55 kgs
S: Fastnet Rock
D: Jolie's Shinju
2.3L
J: D Yendall
T: D K Weir
W: 55 kgs
S: Helmet
D: Limerock

At Flemington in Melbourne, Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) celebrated an elite race success when 3YO bay colt Merchant Navy (Fastnet Rock-Legally Bay, by Snippets) flashed home along the fence to score a thrilling last stride victory in the $1 million Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) for 3YOs, defeating Invincible Star & Formality. Purchased for $350,000 by Ciaron Maher Racing at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Segenhoe Stud, Merchant Navy advanced his impressive record to 5 wins (including the Gr3 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes & Listed Anzac Day Stakes) from 6 starts for $809,450 in earnings. The prestigious Coolmore Stud Stakes boasts a reputation as a stallion-making race, meaning the well-bred Merchant Navy is now one of the most valuable stud prospects in the country. By Fastnet Rock out of Gr3 Sweet Embrace Stakes winner Legally Bay, Merchant Navy is a full-brother to Gr2 ATC Roman Consul Stakes winner Jolie Bay. Legally Bay herself is a half-sister to Gr1 Myer Classic winner Bonaria. "It's a stallion-making race and he's a well-bred Fastnet Rock colt and he's done the job in great style," trainer Aaron Purcell told racing.com.