Champion Robert Bruce, a Chilean-bred son of Fast Company, landed his first top-flight victory in the US on Saturday, 11 August when quickening clear to win the Arlington Million. Held up in his customary fashion, he made his move out wide in the straight, running down Almanaar (Dubawi">Dubawi) close home to win by half-a-length with Century Dream (Cape Cross) completing a Darley stallion 1-2-3 back in third.
He was winning his eighth career race in only nine starts, with his only defeat coming last time out when getting a bad trip in the G1 Manhattan Stakes. Unbeaten in his native Chile when winning four G1’s, this was his second victory on US soil after the G3 Fort Marcy Stakes.
Robert Bruce was bred by Haras Convento Viejo and is out of G1 winner Lady Pelusa (Orpen). He is a close relative of his paternal half-brother Mister Fluff, who was placed in the G1 Chilean St Leger.
Fast Company is the sire of 15 individual Stakes winners, headed by G1 Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Jet Setting and G2 winners Devonshire, Baitha Alga and El Notario. This season his wining juveniles, the first-crop bred post Baitha Alga’s Royal Ascot victory, have averaged over two victories each, which is more than any other stallion in Europe with five plus winners. They are headed by Italian Stakes scorer Spectralight.