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Fastnet Rock Adds UK Black-Type
At Chester in the UK, Coolmore's Gr1-winning son of Danehill and former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a black-type success when 3YO filly Somehow (Fastnet Rock-Alexandrova, by Sadler's Wells) scored by 0.5-length for trainer Aidan O'Brien and jockey Ryan Moore in the Listed Cheshire Oaks (11.5 furlongs) for 3YO fillies, over fellow fillies Moorside (Champs Elysees-Marching West, by Gone West) & Diamonds Pour Moi (Pour Moi-Diamond Light, by Fantastic Light). This was the first stakes victory for Somehow who took her record to 2 wins and 1 placing from 3 starts for £42,243 earnings. Owned by the Coolmore triumvirate of Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Mrs John Magnier, Somehow is out of triple Oaks winner Alexandrova. By Sadler's Wells out of the Shirley Heights mare Shouk, Alexandrova won 4 of her 9 starts including the English, Irish and Yorkshire Oaks and is a half-sister to Gr1 Cheveley Park Stakes winner Magical Romance (Barathea), dam of the OTI Racing-owned Tall Ship (Sea The Stars), winner of the Listed Warrnambool & Werribee Cups. Somehow holds several big race nominations including the Irish 1000 Guineas and Irish & Epsom Oaks. "Ryan was very happy with her. She's just sleepy. No matter what she works with, if it's a fast horse or a slow horse, she does the same thing and she will have learnt a lot," O'Brien told Racing UK. "She's got a beautiful pedigree and I think she's in the Oaks shortlist. We knew she was one that had the most to learn and we didn't have long to teach her, so we thought this was the place to try and teach her."