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Smullen Hails Versatile Rock

Friday, 6th June 2014

Pat Smullen is confident his Investec Derby mount Fascinating Rock (Fastnet Rock-Miss Polaris, by Polar Falcon) will handle whatever ground conditions prevail at Epsom on Saturday, reports 1.skysports.com. The Dermot Weld-trained colt has done everything asked of him this season, progressing from a Leopardstown maiden to winning the Gr3 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at the same venue. While Weld's Oaks hopeful Tarfasha would be unsuited by any rain that falls before now and the weekend, Smullen is unconcerned what the weather does before the Derby as Fascinating Rock has already shown his versatility. "I think nice ground would be his ideal thing, as it would for most horses, but if the weather broke and it came up soft he has handled bad ground twice so far this year which is a plus, but I've always felt he will be a better horse on nicer ground," Smullen told At The Races. "Whatever the weather does it won't inconvenience him." Fascinating Rock, who has won 3 of his 4 starts, will become his sire Fastnet Rock's first Northern Hemisphere Gr1 winner if he is successful in Saturday's Classic.

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