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Second Stakes Win for Coastwatch

Part-owned by Pencarrow principal Sir Peter Vela, talented three-year-old Coastwatch (Fastnet Rock) added Saturday’s A$300,000 Group Two Hyland Race Colours Autumn Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield to his victory in August’s Group Three Ming Dynasty Quality at Kembla Grange to become a Group winner in two Australian states.

Ridden by Craig Williams for champion trainer Chris Waller, Coastwatch raced on the outside of front-running favourite Decent Raine (Dissident) before taking control in the straight. Despite tiring in the closing stages and facing a late challenge from Burning Power (Sizzling), Coastwatch clung on and won in a tight finish.

“I spoke to Chris this morning and he was very bullish about this horse,” Williams said. “First-up, seven furlongs, first time around Caulfield – he was very confident to utilise the good barrier.

“Our opposition was a lot fitter than us on form. I was very happy to have my horse outside the leader, and he relaxed and got around the track really nicely.

“He’s got really great credentials and we’re lucky enough that they found this race, which was a great option to kick off the preparation.”

Coastwatch is raced by Sir Peter Vela in a partnership that also features Coolmore, Wynaus, Westerberg, Joe Poulin, Chris Waller Racing, Lynque, Woppitt Bloodstock, Peachester Lodge, Rockingham Thoroughbreds, Kerry and Jenny Pooley and Robert McClure.

Coastwatch has now won three of his 12 starts and more than $500,000.

By champion sire Fastnet Rock, Coastwatch is a son of the twice-winning mare Bullion Mansion (Encosta de Lago), who is also the dam of the Group One Caulfield Guineas (1600m) winner Mighty Boss (Not a Single Doubt).

Bullion Mansion is a full-sister to the dam of Group Two winners Catch a Fire (Sebring) and Seaburge (Sebring). As well as winning the VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m), Seaburge also placed in the Group One Emirates Stakes (1600m) and Caulfield Guineas (1600m).