03 Jan Cluster
Bay colt by Fastnet Rock out of Tarcoola Diamond
Cluster is another impressive result of the highly effective breeding program (DNA based) conducted by Tarcoola Stud. Although Cluster was not in the ownership of Tarcoola Stud when he first put hoof to ground, the planning and research responsible for his being is a product of Tarcoola Stud.
The mating of Fastnet Rock with Tarcoola Diamond was – similar to our success in breeding Sacred Choice – based upon our study of DNA and thoroughbred genetics (in collaboration with Thoroughbred Genetics Ltd).
With much regret we parted with our mare, Tarcoola Diamond, at the 2010 Inglis Australian Easter Broodmare Sale. She was sold in foal with Cluster. Tarcoola Diamond was purchased by the very astute Moran family. Tarcoola Stud wishes them every succes with Cluster, and into the future with progeny of the mare who will always carry the Tarcoola name.
At one time regarded as Australia’s best maiden performer, the then Anthony Cummings trained Cluster placed 2nd in the San Domenico Stakes (G3 – 1100 metres at Rosehill) – and placed 3rd in the Stutt Stakes (G2 – 1600 metres at Moonee Valley). Cluster was unlucky both times, being held up at the top of the straight in the San Domenico – and then coming from last after being hampered early in the Stutt Stakes, failing narrowly to win in a tight three-way-photo.
Returning to racing in 2014, now under the care of the Snowden training partnership, Cluster brought up an easy Maiden win at Kembla Grange by nearly 10 lengths and subsequently won the Forum Group Handicap over 1200 metres at Rosehill on the 19th of July. Cluster then gained the Group victory that always seemed assured, winning the G2 Theo Marks Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill in September, 2014.
Cluster – The Stallion
Cluster now stands at Larneuk Stud at Euroa in Victoria.
“He is a horse who we think will really appeal to Victorian breeders. A magnificent type with great scope, strength and presence. He’s extremely athletic with a great deal of quality. Cluster is from a great family, chock-full of speed. Danehill, Last Tycoon and Bletchingly are all great influences (in his pedigree) and he is a horse who looks ideal for the VOBIS schemes.” – Neville Murdoch from Larneuk Stud.
Cluster stands at a debut fee of $6600.