(făst`nĭt), islet, Co. Cork, S Republic of Ireland. Its 160-ft (49-m) lighthouse is near the most southerly point of Ireland. It is the marker for the furthest leg of the Fastnet Cup, a yacht race in the Admirals Cup.
25 million Qipcosponsored highlight, largely on the assumption Ballydoyle will not run her against Churchill and Cliffs Of Moher, and she remains hot favourite for the Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes on the same card.
While that was a letdown, a quick glance back to last year in the form book offers much more hope for the son of Fastnet Rock as he ran very green when fifth on his debut before stepping up on that to win a Newbury maiden over a mile in October.
He managed only eighth place in the Epsom Derby on his first attempt at 12 furlongs, but rather than using the trip as an excuse for the son of Fastnet Rock, Weld believes it was the ups and downs of Epsom that did not suit.
They will compete on equal terms against the other 350 teams all the way down the Channel, round the Lizard, up to the Fastnet Rock off the south of Ireland and back across the Irish Sea to finish in Plymouth.