Victorian Group 3 winner Hvasstan has been retired to stud at Clear Mountain Fairview on the Darling Downs in Queensland.
A Group winning son of super star champion sire Fastnet Rock and from True Hero mare, Snow Hero, Hvasstan, has contested his final race this campaign in the stable of Queensland's leading trainer Tony Gollan, after managing a 4th at Listed Level over the 1600m connections made a decision to retire him in the best interest of the horse and for the breeders in Queensland.
Hvasstan commenced his racing career as a three-year-old and quickly showed substance as a stallion prospect when he conquered all the Victorian three-year-old middle distance races of his season as well as saluting in the Group 3 MRC Norman Robinson Stakes over 2000 metres.
The Fastnet Rock colt powered home along the fence from the back of the field over the 2000 metre journey at Caulfield, to record Group honours and an emotional win for trainer Peter Gelagotis, who that week, lost his father Michael.
Hvasstan then lined up in the $1.5million Group 1 VRC Derby as one of the race favorites and ran a gallant unlucky fourth behind multiple Group 1 winners Fiveandahalfstar and Super Cool, who were benchmark three-year-old's of the season and both weight-for-age (WFA) winners and well credentialed racehorses.
Clear Mountain Fairview stud principal Bob Frappell is elated to stud Hvasstan as a freshman sire in 2015, giving breeders ample reasons to breed to the Group winning son of Fastnet Rock.
"Hvasstan has been a very popular horse in Victoria with a cult following, competing with the top tier gallopers of his generation and holds form from 1400 metres through to 2000 metres, which is ideal for a successful stallion," Frappell said.
"He was an outstanding three-year-old, winning at Group 3 level and not far beaten at Group 1 level in the Victorian Derby and Australian Guineas defeating champions like It's a Dundeel.
"He is also an outstanding individual, proven when Manny Gelagotis paid $260,000 for him as a yearling at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.
"When approached by the owners to stand Hvasstan at stud in Queensland, we jumped at the opportunity.
"Sons of champion stallion Fastnet Rock are very limited in Australia so we feel breeders are lucky to have the chance to get that blood at an affordable fee right here in Queensland, in which we are expecting solid support from local and interstate breeders," Frappell said.
Trainer Peter Gelagotis has always claimed that Hvasstan is the best horse he has trained and possesses more natural ability than his current star, Group 1 WFA performer, Mourinho.
"Hvasstan has been an exciting racehorse from the day he was purchased and his confirmation, performances and pedigree means he will have every chance to succeed as a stallion," Peter Gelagotis said.
"He is a horse with so much ability and no doubt he will be a hit in Queensland as a sire with a big future, hence the retention of interest by his owners.
"Competing in the Winter Racing Carnival was a straight forward decision after the owners decided to stand him at stud in Queensland come the 2015 breeding season and he ran some great races.
"The owners have thoroughly enjoyed the ride, taking them all over Australia in key races and are excited to witness their yearling purchase prosper into a stallion prospect.
"The opportunity he will give breeders not only in Queensland but Australia with his commercial bloodlines by the greatest stallion since Danehill in Fastnet Rock is extremely exciting," Gelagotis said.
Hvasstan will stand for $4,400 and is available for inspection at Clear Mountain Fairview Stud by appointment.
Photo: Hvasstan collecting Group 3 honours in the MRC Norman Robinson Stakes (Bruno Cannatelli image).
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Name: Mick Frappell
Position: Stud Manager, Clear Mountain Fairview
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