Larneuk Stud's Neville Murdoch is proud to announce the addition of the handsome Cluster to the Euroa farm's 2015 roster.
Described by Murdoch as "an absolutely gorgeous horse," Cluster is an eye-catching bay son by super sire Fastnet Rock. "He is a horse who we think will really appeal to Victorian breeders," Murdoch said, confident that Cluster will impress all who see him. "He is just a magnificent type with great scope, strength and presence."
"He is an extremely athletic horse with a great deal of quality."
And Cluster showed his share of ability too during a short but brilliant career creating a fine impression. As an early three year old Cluster was so well regarded that at only his second start he was entered for the Gr.3 San Domenico Stakes over 1100m. And he proved he was deserving of that high opinion! Despite finding trouble at the 200m, Cluster rallied for an impressive second to the much more experienced Va Pensiero.
A month later Cluster headed to Melbourne where he showed his versatility by running third over 1600m in the Gr.2 Bill Stutt Stakes; beaten by Divine Calling with Shamus Award second - the VRC Derby winner Polanski finishing fourth.
Changing stables to Peter & Paul Snowden the following winter, Cluster quickly shook off maiden status with an easy kill at Kembla Grange - saluting by no less than 9 1/4 lengths! Cluster was victorious again at his next start, overcoming early trouble to win the 1200m Forum Group Handicap at Rosehill. Once again impressing his new stable Cluster was set for the Gr.2 Theo Marks Stakes which he won in barnstorming style. Shuffled back to the rear, ending up in an awkward position approaching the turn, Cluster put on a display of not only his stellar turn of foot but also his great heart, swamping his rivals and nailing the classy Bull Point on the line. It was a win that earned the admiration of Peter Snowden who admitted to concern during the run.
"To be back where he was with the second favourite outside of him making sure he wasn't going to go anywhere - I was thinking I don't want to be here!"
"But full credit to the horse. Once he got to the outside he showed what class he has really got. He has a massive amount of acceleration and we saw a bit of that."
Jockey Tim Clark was also impressed - "he has an awesome turn of foot - he is a real horse, he is Group One quality."
Unfortunately injury prevented Cluster, who at his next start caught the eye weaving through the field for a close up fifth in the Gr.1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (behind Trust In A Gust, Dissident, Bull Point and Sweet Idea), reaching the pinnacles expected of him - but there is no doubt that he was a racehorse of considerable talent. And he has the breeding to back up his good looks and ability.
One of Fastnet Rock's 74 stakes winners, he is one of four winners (from as many to race) produced by the tough and talented Tarcoola Diamond, a Listed winner also two times Group placed. Also dam of the stakes placed Inkling and the multiple city winners Diamond Jim and Novikov, Tarcoola Diamond is one of eight winners for the metropolitan winning Bletchingly mare Potent, also dam of triple Listed winner Chickaloo. Her dam I Like Diamonds was also high class, winner of the Gr.1 AJC Champagne Stakes.
"It is a great family chock-full of speed," Murdoch enthused. "Danehill, Last Tycoon and Bletchingly are all great influences and he is a horse who looks ideal for the VOBIS schemes."
Cluster stands at a debut fee of $6600 (incl gst) and limited shares are available. For further information contact Neville Murdoch on 0418 105 706.