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Fast Company joins the Overbury stallions

New to Overbury: the highest rated juvenile descendant of Danzig ever to stand at stud. Fast Company has sired 45 winning two-year-olds in his first two crops and only Showcasing can better his percentage of juvenile winners to runners.

Top class juvenile Fast Company, who has made an excellent start to his stud career with 45 two-year-old winners in his first two crops, is moving from Rathasker Stud – where he covered 106 mares at €7,500 in 2015 – to Overbury Stud in Gloucestershire. His fee will be set shortly.

The G3 Acomb winner – who is the highest rated juvenile descendant of Danzig ever to stand at stud – has already proved capable of siring Royal Ascot two-year-olds and Classic milers. Retiring at a fee of just €5,000, he sired the G2 Norfolk Stakes winner Baitha Alga and G1 Irish 1,000 Guineas third Devonshire, plus the G3 Molecomb runner-up Fast Act, in his first crop. His total of 28 first-crop juvenile winners – more than Zoffany and every other first-season sire this year – was behind just Showcasing and Zebedee among the Class of 2014. He finished the year ahead of Exceed And Excel, Starspangledbanner and even his own sire Danehill Dancer on the two-year-old prize money table. Baitha Alga became his first Stakes winner when winning the Woodcote Stakes on Derby Day last year, while other useful horses he's sired in 2015 include Godolphin's Group-placed youngster Al Qahwa and Sheikh Hamdan's high-class handicapper Mutarakez, winner of the Esher Cup and Haydock Silver Bowl.

Fast Company has already added 17 winning juveniles in 2015 – ahead of Kyllachy, Oasis Dream, Mastercraftsman, Dutch Art and Lope de Vega.  Of all the stallions with 100 or more juvenile runners in the last two seasons, only Showcasing can better his percentage of two-year-old winners to runners: his 43% leads Galileo on 42% and Invincible Spirit and Dark Angel on 41%. With his stud success has come auction appeal: yearlings have made £210,000, £140,000, €150,000, €130,000. All 170 sold in three crops have averaged over £26,000, and he has been well-supported with books of over 100 mares every year at stud.

Trained by Brian Meehan, Fast Company won on his debut by three lengths with a future G1 horse in second. He followed up in the G3 Acomb Stakes at York by three-and-a-half lengths, after which he was purchased by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed al Maktoum. On his only other start, he ran second in one of the best ever runnings of the G1 Dewhurst Stakes: he closed to within half-a-length of the undefeated European Champion two-year-old New Approach at the line, beating Raven's Pass two-and-a-half lengths into third, with French Champion Rio de la Plata five lengths back in fourth. The recent Middle Park Stakes winner Dark Angel was still further back. Fast Company was assessed at 126 by Timeform, good enough to be Champion two-year-old in eight of the past ten Timeform annuals – he's level with unbeaten Champions Teofilo and Dawn Approach and inferior only to Frankel and New Approach.

Simon Sweeting, of Overbury Stud, said, 'I've admired Fast Company as a racehorse, and as a sire of particularly attractive sales horses who have proved to be as precocious and talented as they look. To achieve what he has, from the incredibly competitive commercial end of the Irish market, is testament to his enormous appeal. Breeders frequently tell me how much they want a proven speed horse at an accessible fee, and I'm very grateful to Darley for the chance to stand Fast Company. He's exactly what so much of the market desires – a rock-solid achiever with the potential to get a very good racehorse and a very big sale.'