Group 1 winning mare from South Africa produced an impressive winner for Fastnet Rock and Lindsay Park at Cranbourne on Sunday and the three year old has a bright future.
Notation (Fastnet Rock), a filly out of Group 1 winning mare Chocolicious (SAF), was a 3.25 length winner of the opening race over a 1300m.
Notation is part-owned by Coolmore, a $240,000 weanling buy in 2016.
Ben Hayes, who trains the pair in partnership with his father David and cousin Tom Dabernig, was especially impressed with Notation, who had won on debut at Geelong two weeks’ ago and predicted she would step up to back-type company next time out.
“The way she won today was really, really good and it’s really exciting and we’ll probably go for black type next start now,” Hayes said.
“The way she won, she had plenty in the tank on the line. We’ll step her out to 1400m over Melbourne Cup week and she’ll be very hard to beat in that.”
Notation is the second foal from Chocolicious, who won the G1 Allan Robertson Championship at Scottsville as a 2-year-old. The first filly by Frankel (GB) sold for $610,000 as a yearling and went to South Africa, while she also has a 2-year-old by Exceed and Excel and recently foaled a full brother to Notation.
Broodmare sire Kahal, who stood at Bush Hill Stud prior to his passing, has produced a Gr3 winner in Australia as a broodmare sire through his daughter Noble Heir.
Bush Hill Stud also stand Curved Ball, the first son of Fastnet Rock to stand at stud in South Africa.