AQUIS FARM ANNOUNCES 2022 ROSTER

Aquis Farm has today announced a 17-strong roster for the 2022 breeding season – an impressive lineup of the promising and proven.

Headed up by the hugely popular Group 1 winning son of Pierro in PIERATA, who has covered striking, quality books in his first two seasons – Aquis, has also recently announced exciting newcomers in JONKER and GLENFIDDICH.

With a rapidly rising reputation for ‘developing’ serious stallion talent, Aquis likewise fields leading first season sires, INVADER, JUKEBOX, KOBAYASHI, SPIETH and THE MISSION who all boast multiple winners among their initial runners.

Waiting in the wings and with rising 2YOs in leading stables are BRAVE SMASH, LEAN MEAN MACHINE, PERFORMER and SANTOS, while Group winning 2YOs – BELLEVUE HILL and DUBIOUS – both have outstanding foals and will sell their first yearlings in 2023.

As for the ‘proven’, DIVINE PROPHET is among the rising stars in Australia’s stallion ranks and he shares stable space at Canungra in Queensland with Group 1 producers DUPORTH and HUSSON.

With his fee unchanged, despite covering over 300 mares in his first two seasons, of which 82 were stakes performers and 45 were dams of stakes performers, Pierata leads off the roster at $44,000 and it will assuredly be another busy spring ahead. Winner of the Group 1 All Aged Stakes and four other Group races (with $5.8 million in stakes), Pierata is one of the most popular sprinters to retire to stud in recent times.

Speaking of popular sprinters, Jonker was a genuine crowd pleaser with his bold front running style: a style that saw him become the fastest ever male winner of the Group 1 Manikato Stakes and also break the 1200m record of Champion Sprinter, Takeover Target. Jonker is the first son of literal boom sire, Spirit of Boom, to retire to stud and stands his introductory season at $16,500.

Jonker is joined at Aquis for the first time by Fastnet Rock flyer, Glenfiddich ($8,800 fee), a nose second in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes at two before going on to capture the Group 2 Stutt Stakes and emulate leading sires Pierro, Encosta de Lago, Canny Lad and Zabeel.

Multiple Group 1 winning sprinter, Brave Smash, was quite the smash at this year’s sales with his first crop selling up to $260,000 – over 10 times his 2022 fee of $22,000. Brave Smash is one of four Aquis stallions whose initial progeny were offered at 2022 yearling sales. Zoustar’s Group 2 winner at 2 and 3, Lean Mean Machine ($17,600 fee), had yearlings sell to $380,000. Exceed And Excel’s Performer ($6,600) is clearly a performer on the track and in the breeding barn with yearlings selling to $210,000 and I Am Invincible’s Group 2 winning 2YO, Santos ($6,600 fee) yearlings realised $150,000 in the ring.

Dubious ($13,200) – the dual Group winning 2YO by Not A Single Doubt – is poised to cover his third book of mares and not surprisingly has been matched up with some excellent mares in the first two seasons, as has Pierro’s brilliant 2YO, Bellevue Hill ($6,600). In fact, a Dubious colt was one of the most sought out foals at this month’s Inglis Australian Weanling Sale, selling for $200,000.

It’s always been Aquis Farm’s ‘mission’ to deliver precocious types in both the ring and on the track and they have certainly delivered this season with five of the stallions all producing multiple winners among their first crops.

Indeed, The Mission ($11,000 fee) is the equal leading first season sire by winners with nine individual winners thus far in 2021/22, while Snitzel’s Group 1 winning 2YO Invader ($22,000 fee) has five winners and is rapidly justifying the faith by owners who have spent up to $550,000 on his yearlings. Spieth ($8,800 fee) was likewise out of the gates early and chimed in again last Saturday with a 5-length victory for Kacy Fogden’s well named Victory Moments, while Group winning flyer, Jukebox ($6,600) and I Am Invincible’s Kobayashi ($8,800) also represent outstanding value given that each has produced multiple winners with their first 2YO runners – the latter chiming in with a well-timed, neck second in last Saturday’s Group 3 Ken Russell Memorial Classic via Midnight in Tokyo. It’s worth noting that just 18 first crop stallions in Australia have produced winners to date in 2021/22 and five stand at Aquis!

Rounding out the 2022 roster is a trio of tried and true, including the highly promising Divine Prophet ($16,500) who’s oldest are three and include thrilling 2YO See You In Heaven (3 from 4 all at stakes level), 2022 Group 2 winning juvenile Promitto (2 from 2) and Fortunate Kiss (Group placed on debut). Meanwhile, Husson (320 winners) and Duporth (200 winners at 68%) – both standing at $4,400 – represent outstanding value given they are sires of Group 1 winners.

“I’m extremely proud and excited with the line-up Aquis is presenting to broodmare owners in 2022,” Aquis President, Justin Fung, enthused. “Every year the quality and depth of our roster has strengthened substantially and with the introduction of Jonker and Glenfiddich joining Pierata and company, there’s some exciting times ahead.”

Please contact any of our sales team at Aquis Farm to arrange a private viewing for any of the 2022 stallions.

Jonathan Davies (Director of Sales) – 0423 033 858

Paul Knight (Business Development Manager) – 0410 683 469

Penelope Crowley (Nominations) – 0427 857 788

 

Stallion Name 2022 Fee
(inc GST)
Pierata 44,000
Brave Smash (JPN) 22,000
Invader 22,000
Lean Mean Machine 17,600
Divine Prophet 16,500
Jonker (NEW) 16,500
Dubious 13,200
The Mission 11,000
Glenfiddich (NEW) 8,800
Kobayashi 8,800
Spieth (NZ) 8,800
Bellevue Hill 6,600
Jukebox 6,600
Performer 6,600
Santos 6,600
Duporth 4,400
Husson (ARG) 4,400

ANZ Bloodstock: Aquis farm secure ‘untapped’ takent Glenfiddich for stud duties in Queensland

Glenfiddich - Stutt Stakes (Steve Hart)

From ANZ Bloodstock: Aquis Farm has announced their second new stallion to join their Canungra-based roster in the space of a week, with the high-class but untapped Group 2 winner and ATC Champagne Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) runner-up Glenfiddich (Fastnet Rock) set to stand the coming breeding season for an introductory fee of $8,800 (all fees inc. GST).

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GLENFIDDICH TO STAND AT AQUIS

Glenfiddich - Stutt Stakes (Steve Hart)

Aquis Farm is thrilled to announce that Glennfiddich, the Group 2 winning son of Champion Sire, Fastnet Rock, will stand at their Canungra based farm this season.

A brilliant 2YO who would ultimately finish a nose second in the Gr.1 Champagne Stakes, Glenfiddich resumed at three with a third in the Gr.1 Memsie before capturing the Gr.2 Bill Stutt Stakes over 1600m at Moonee Valley.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to stand a stallion of this calibre,” Aquis Director of Sales, Jonathan Davies, said. “Glenfiddich is an outstanding athlete and breeders love a horse that showed so much precocity yet could mature and take it up to the best of them over a mile. And he’s by Fastnet Rock!”

Competing at black type level at all but two of his career starts (five of the final six at Group 1), Glenfiddich competed against the elite sprinter/milers in Australia.

Thrown in at the deep end from day one, Glenfiddich’s juvenile highlights included a second to Hanseatic in the Listed Blue Diamond Preview, a lip second in the Magic Millions Adelaide 2YO Classic, a three-length demolition in the Mornington Sires’ and, in his final start at two, run a nose second to multiple Group 1 winner, King’s Legacy, in the Champagne Stakes.

“Glenfiddich always raced against top company,” Davies adds. “He split King’s Legacy and Ole Kirk in the Champagne and the latter went on to win a Golden Rose and Caulfield Guineas. First up at three Glenfiddich ran third behind 3-time Group 1 winner, Behemoth, and Derby winner, Mr Quickie, in the Gr.1 Memsie with a lot of good horses in his wake that day.”

Glenfiddich would then capture the Bill Stutt Stakes and emulate sire greats such as Pierro, Encosta De Lago, Canny Lad and Zabeel by taking out the prestigious Group 2.

Spreadeagling his opposition in the Stutt, the beaten brigade included 4-time stakes winner Cherry Tortoni and Australian Guineas winner, Lunar Fox.

Glenfiddich is by multiple Champion Australian Sire and major stallion influence, Fastnet Rock (185 stakes winners), whose sire sons include Foxwedge, Hinchinbrook and Smart Missile.

Indeed, Fastnet Rock is a major influence in this well-related pedigree given that he is also the sire of Glenfiddich’s close relations Eleven Eleven (winner of $2.9 million in prizemoney) and Gr.1 Doomben Cup winner, Comin’ Through. Other members of this power packed family include the 4-time Group 1 winner, Criterion.

Glenfiddich was bred by (and part-owned by) Ian Smith’s Edinburgh Park Stud and carries the familiar IKS brand.

“We always had a lot of confidence in Glenfiddich and it’s not hard to work out why; he’s such a lovely type of horse, with a great temperament and that family has worked so well for us,” Smith said. “There’s something like 10 stakes horses alone in the second dam, while others on the page represent some of the best racehorses we’ve seen on Australian tracks over the last decade or so.

“Edinburgh Park was very happy to retain a share in Glenfiddich after the yearling sale and we’re ecstatic that he’s heading to Aquis Farm where he will get every opportunity to succeed. The owners and I will be supporting him with some nice mares,” concluded Smith.

Glenfiddich will stand at a fee of $8,800. Please contact Jonathan Davies on 0423 033 858 or the team at Aquis Farm to schedule a private viewing.

Racing.com: Jonker joins Aquis Farm roster

From Racing.com: Group 1 winner Jonker has been retired to stand at Queensland’s Aquis Farm this spring, it was announced on Monday.

A Stakes-winning two-year-old who trained on to win the G1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) and $1 million Magic Millions Sprint (1200m) as an older horse for Tony Gollan, connections made the call to retire the six-year-old following an autumn campaign in Melbourne.

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