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

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.

GR.1 SPRINTER JONKER RETIRES TO AQUIS

Exceptional Gr.1 sprinter Jonker has retired and will stand at Aquis Farm. He is the first son of Queensland’s champion sire Spirit of Boom to retire to stud.

“Jonker has been on our “hit list” for quite some time and we are absolutely thrilled to stand him. Jonker has every attribute we want in a stallion prospect, conformation, 2YO ability, speed, soundness, temperament and performance at an elite level,” said Aquis Director of Sales, Jonathan Davies.

“Having met the team from Aquis Farm and perusing the facilities, we decided it was time for Jonker to go to a deserving home. He has provided us with some great times that will be missed but his lovely nature will ensure he enjoys his next stage in life which we can all enjoy being part of,” said Doug Crane, Managing Owner.

Jonker has a similar racing profile to his sire Spirit of Boom in having been a brilliant stakes-winning juvenile that trained on as an older horse to achieve Group 1 success.

Jonker joined the stable of champion trainer Tony Gollan in 2020 and showed his potential immediately when breaking the track record at Doomben for 1200m when winning the Listed BRC Keith Noud Quality at his first run for his new trainer.

He led all the way from a wide gate and won by four and a half lengths stopping the clock at a blistering 1:07.83, bettering the previous record held by the legendary sprinter Takeover Target.

He then won the $1 million Magic Millions Snippets Stakes (1200m) in January and placed in elite Gr.1 company at his next two starts finishing third to Eduardo in the Gr.1 ATC The Galaxy (1100m) and second to Vega One in the Gr.1 BRC Kingsford -Smith Cup (1200m).

Those performances announced Jonker as a sprinter of the highest calibre and his next target was the time-honoured Gr.1 MVRC Manikato Stakes (1200m) at WFA at Moonee Valley in the spring.

“Jonker was simply brilliant in the Manikato, it was a blistering display of sustained speed and he showed enormous heart to score a career defining victory.”

The earner of over $2 million in prizemoney, Jonker retires with five wins and eight placings from 30 starts with six of those placings coming in elite Group races behind the likes of Everest hero Classique Legend and Gr.1 winner I Am Excited.

“He really fills the eye and is loaded with quality” enthused Davies.

“He’s 15.3 ½ hands, he’s strong with massive hip and shoulder and incredible balance.

“He’s a great mover and our experience would be that most stallions produce what they are. If he does that, he’s going to produce really attractive foals that will certainly make an impact on racetrack”

Jonker also ticks the box of pedigree tracing in tail female line to revered blue hen Eight Carat (GB) via her influential daughter Cotehele House (GB). The family has delivered of Gr.1 producing stallions such as Commands, Danewin, Deep Field, Shooting to Win, Don Eduardo, Viking Ruler, Viscount, Kaapstad, Octagonal and Colombia.

Jonker will stand at a fee of $16,500 incl GST and is now at the farm at Canungra and is available for inspection.

“His sire line is one of Australia’s elite sources of 2YO speed and Jonker is from a female family that works with a wide variety of pedigree’s, so we are very excited by what he will bring to our stallion roster and to breeders from across Australia,” Davies concluded.

Please contact Jonathan Davies on 0423 033 858 or the team at Aquis Farm to schedule a private viewing of Jonker.

Lean Mean Machine returns to Queensland

Lean Mean Machine

Aquis Farm is delighted to announce that outstanding 2YO Lean Mean Machine will be taking up residence in Queensland to bolster their stallion roster to 16. He will stand alongside Pierata and Invader in what will be Queensland’s largest stallion station.

Lean Mean Machine is the only dual Group 2 winning son of Champion Stallion Zoustar at stud and is the best son of Zoustar in Queensland.

Lean Mean Machine was a multiple stakes performed two-year-old, winning the Gr.2 BRC Sires Produce in the winter of 2018, a race his own sire won in 2013. Lean Mean Machine further cemented his future as a stallion with a victory in the Gr.2 Run to The Rose (1200m) at and then a smashing 3rd in a classic renewal of the Gr.1 VRC Coolmore Classic (1200m) behind Champion Filly Sunlight and Zousain (with all three being by Zoustar).

“It’s fitting that Lean Mean Machine comes home to Queensland. He was bred in Queensland, by Glenlogan Park, he raced in Queensland winning a Group 2 and will now stand his third season at stud, in Queensland.”

“Lean Mean Machine has covered healthy books of mares in his two seasons at stud, his arrival back in Queensland will give local and interstate breeders the opportunity to tap into a sire line that is on the up, his own sire Zoustar is an out and out champion.”

“We have received very good feedback on his first foals. To have foals born that are the spitting image of their own sire, with his demeaner and type is a recipe for success in the breeding barn.

Lean Mean Machine will warrant consideration from all top breeders and is priced at $13,200.” said Director of Sales, Jonathan Davies.

Aquis Farm invite breeders to contact Director of Sales, Jonathan Davies (0423 033 858) or Business Development Manager, Paul Knight (0410 683 469) to arrange an inspection of any or all of the stallions.

Queensland Breeders The Big Winner As Aquis Farm Brings Top Stallions Home

Pierata

Aquis Farm President, Justin Fung, is pleased to announce that $5.8 million prizemoney earner Pierata, together with Aquis’ full 2020 New South Wales stallion roster, will call Queensland home this year.

Mr Fung said the roster was the envy of some of the biggest stud farms in the southern hemisphere and reflected Aquis’ confidence in the future of the Queensland racing industry.

“Pierata was one of the most exciting first season stallions to stand at stud in the Hunter Valley last year. He covered an astonishing 168 mares, of which 65 were stakes performers, including Loving Gaby,” Mr Fung said.

“It is only fitting that he, and the rest of our stallions, find their way to our historical home at Canungra.

“We have always had confidence in the Queensland breeding and racing industry, the QTIS prizemoney and the strength of the racing calendar dictated that we have a bigger presence in Queensland.”

Mr Fung said the Queensland breeding team would be headed up by Director of Sales, Jonathan Davies.

“Jonathan has built a strong team around him that is the backbone of this operation. I am immensely proud of what he and his team have been able to achieve,” he said.

“Good fertility results and excellent horsemanship are a testament to how knowledgeable and dedicated they are to the Aquis philosophy of ‘Success is achieved by teamwork, innovation and supporting their clients and the industry at all levels’.”

The Aquis Farm brand was initially established in Queensland in 2015 following the acquisition of a 480-hectare facility at Canungra on the Gold Coast hinterland.

After standing four stallions in its debut season in 2016 the company has gone on to build one of the most enviable rosters in the southern hemisphere and enjoyed strong patronage from breeders across Australia.

In 2021, Aquis Farm’s roster will be headlined by Pierata, who made the move to Canungra from the Hunter Valley and will stand at a service fee of $44,000 (incl. GST). On the track, Piereta won over $5,800,000 in prizemoney winning the Gr.1 All Aged Stakes at Royal Randwick as a four-year-old.

The roster also includes Invader, Snitzel’s best two-year-old, who has covered great books of mares in his first three years at stud.

Mr Fung said his progeny had been well received by trainers and bloodstock agents at the major sales this year and the initial feedback from breakers with his stock was very encouraging.

“We are confident that feedback will correlate into racetrack success in the coming racing season,” he said.

Spieth, another of our first season stallions with progeny selling this year, has been well received by buyers, averaging $118,000 at this month’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale. Spieth will stand in 2021 for a fee of $8,800. He is leaving a good physical type with a good temperament that trainers love, he is a very exciting prospect going forward.

Bellevue Hill, Brave Smash, Divine Prophet, Jukebox and Santos will be the other stallions calling Queensland home, they will be barn mates to Dubious, who was the busiest first season sire in Queensland last year and Champion 2YO The Mission, Husson, Duporth, Kobayashi, Kiss And Make Up and Performer.

As part of this announcement, Aquis have also confirmed their 2021 stallion fees. See below.

Please contact Jonathan Davies on 0423 033 858 or the team at Aquis Farm to schedule a private viewing of the stallion roster.

Set To Invade The Magic Millions With His First Crop Yearlings

With the release of the 2021 Magic Millions Yearling Sale to be held in mid-January, it is noted that the representation of first crop sires will be very strong, and with Aquis’ Invader set to have his first yearlings grace the sale ring, their quality has already begun to shine through.

As the only Champion 2YO Colt at stud by his four-time Champion Sire Snitzel, who interestingly, like Invader himself, are both graduates of the Magic Millions Yearling Sale of their year, has the right credentials to continue the dominance of the sire line for years to come.

Purchased as a yearling by the China Horse Club’s Michael Wallace, Invader was an attention grabber from the beginning.

“He was a stand out! Invader was a well-made, strong, short coupled colt as a yearling. An attractive colt with power, he caught the eye. He had the look of a two-year-old,” stated Wallace.

With the Australian thoroughbred industry enamoured with juvenile speed and class, one thing Invader has over his sire is his Gr.1 success at 2, where he defeated three individual Gr.1 winners including Trapeze Artist to win the Sires’ Produce Stakes.

A few years on from that stunning elite level win and a select group of Invader’s first crop yearlings have been catalogued for January’s sale from high quality vendors Willow Park Stud, Edinburgh Park, Riversdale, Newhaven Park, Rosemont Stud, Valiant Stud, Rothwell Park Thoroughbreds, Fernrigg Farm, KBL Thoroughbreds, Evergreen Stud Farm, Kingstar Farm and Millbrook, with the black type pedigrees sure to excite.

Willow Park Stud will offer a pair of colts, with their second to sell, Lot 857, being a half-brother to the recent Spring carnival Gr.2 Wakeful Stakes winner Victoria Quay, a winner of three of her four career starts for Tony and Calvin McEvoy.

The form around her Wakeful win has already been franked, with the runner-up Personal, winning the Gr.1 VRC Oaks at her very next start.

Newhaven Park Stud, who have sold many top class gallopers through the Magic Millions sale ring in the past will offer Lot 563, the first foal of the Listed Dulcify Hcp winner Moqueen, a Gr.2 placed juvenile, and a half-sister to the dam of dual Gr.3W Malice (Street Cry).

From the family of Gr.1 winners Criterion and Comin’ Thorough as well as the Gr.2W, Gr.1p Varenna Miss, it is a family littered with black type performers.

Queensland vendor KBL Thoroughbreds will offer a pair of colts with Lot 995 being a half-brother to the Listed-winning, Gr.3 placed Cyber Attack as well as the up and coming On The Lead, who finished second during the Spring in the Gr.2 Up And Coming Stakes behind Wild Ruler, with the winner then finishing third in the Gr.1 Coolmore Stud Stakes down the Flemington straight.

The fantastic vendor support for Invader, coupled with impressive types and quality pedigrees is sure to see Invader’s first crop yearlings find homes in many of the leading stables around the country and get every chance to emulate not only the racetrack success of the sire, but grandsire as well.

It’s Never Too Late

While many in the thoroughbred breeding world have an aversion to breeding their mare late in the season, looking through historical records of Gr.1 winners foaled in November and December is a real eye opener, highlighting that it’s never too late.

A while some breeders are in a position where they’re still considering if they should breed their mare this season or not, the facts are the facts and it makes for a convincing argument.

Take a look at the recently completed Flemington carnival, where the highest Timeform Rated winner of the week was 4yo Bivouac who achieved one of the wins of the carnival with a facile three and a quarter length victory over reigning Horse of the Year Nature Strip in the Gr.1 Darley Classic (1200m).

Interestingly, both Bivouac and Nature Strip would be consider late foals, both foaled in the month of November.

Gr.1 Victoria Derby winner Johnny Get Angry (NZ) as well as $7.5m Golden Eagle winner Colette, who had previously won the Gr.1 Australian Oaks in the Autumn, along with Gr.1 George Main Stakes winner Kolding and Gr.1 Epsom Handicap winner Probabeel were all foaled in the final two months of the season.

Joining those elite level winners are Toffee Tongue (Schweppes Oaks), Tyzone (Stradbroke Handicap), Etah James (Sydney Cup), Nettoyer (Doncaster Handicap), Dreamforce (George Ryder), as well as the above mention Nature Strip (TJ Smith Stakes), all Gr.1-winning, late foals, who recorded Gr.1 success in the last seven months.

Taking a different angle to the analysis, Aquis’ very own Gr.1 All Aged Stakes winner Pierata (pictured) who has covered a high quality first book of mares, along with Hunter Valley-based stallions Merchant Navy, Dundeel and So You Think as well as last season’s leading Victorian-based, first crop covering sire Grunt, are all Gr.1-winning late foals.

If your mare is yet to be covered this season, or for whatever reason she hasn’t gone in foal as yet, contact the Aquis Sale team to discuss how we can help you.

Positively Booming Results In Victoria

After proving one of the most popular first season sires last year in Victoria last season, Lean Mean Machine’s first crop foals have been the talk of the town, with many breeders sending mares back to the dual Gr.2-winning son of Zoustar during his second season at stud.

With a host of well-bred mares already scanned in foal so far this season highlighted by Miss Provocative, a winning Flying Spur mare from the family of multiple Gr.1 winner Alizee and the Gr.1 Golden Rose winner Astern, as well as Puppetry, a lovely mare from the family of Champion, Horse of the Year and multiple Gr.1 winner Northerly, Lean Mean Machine’s fertility has seen many happy breeders.

From the family of stakes winners Sertorius and the McEvoy Mitchell Racing-trained duo of Pretty Brazen and Dollar For Dollar, the Ponderosa Park mare Penny Rosa is another high quality second book mare for the former Chris Waller-trained colt.

Paul Kelly of Ponderosa Park is just one of many breeders who have sent mares back to Lean Mean Machine this season, highlighting that “I have had three Lean Mean Machine foals so far this season and they are magnificent. He has stamped his stock and he can throw a type. As good as any other foals on my farm!”

Ponderosa Park’s Lean Mean Machine x Ninasenko colt

While Ellora Thoroughbred Stud’s Matt Brown has praised the fertility of Lean Mean Machine.

“Our Street Cry mare has been a difficult breeder in the past and last season she didn’t manage go in foal, but after visiting Royal Meeting this season, she went in foal first time around, highlighting his high level of fertility.”

Another of the Aquis Seymour-based stallions getting exciting reviews from breeders is the highly fertile Royal Meeting (IRE), Invincible Spirit’s Gr.1-winning juvenile who is covering his first book of mares this season.

Erinvale’s John Kenneally is one of many local breeders who has supported the impressive looking first season sire.

“Royal Meeting is a very good looking horse with a pedigree and race performance to be a very successful stallion, and his fertility is exceptional, so far we have scanned 13 mares,10 in foal,” enthused Kenneally.

“I am extremely happy with how Royal meeting is going, especially as Erinvale and many of our clients have heavily supported him.

“With his exceptional fertility, it means we won’t need to be going back multiple times with the same mare – they get in foal the first time around.”

One of the many Erinvale-based mares to record a positive test so far is Devine Slickness, an Uncle Mo daughter of the Gr.2-winning, Gr.1 placed Lolita Star, who is in turn a sister to the dam of dual Gr.1 winner Happy Archer, while another mare covered who is boarding at Erinvale is Slippery Rose (USA), an imported War Front half-sister to Gr.1 American Oaks and Del Mar Oaks winner Lady Of Shamrock (Scar Daddy) from an impressive international black type family.

With Spring racing being a key facet of the local Victorian industry, it’s hard to go past the great Makybe Diva as a globally renowned icon, and La Dolce Diva, an unraced daughter of the three-time Melbourne Cup-winning mare is just one of a strong line up of well-bred mares already scanned in foal so far this season.

To discuss your breeding plans with a member of the Aquis Sales Team click here, or if you wish to view more first crop foals video, head to our dedicated Foal Video page here.

 

 

Success Breeds Success

Expectations are always high when an exciting young sire covers his first book of mares, and in the case of Gr.1 All Aged Stakes winner Pierata, as expected, he’s been inundated with a top quality book of mares highlighted by Phoenix Thoroughbreds’ dual Gr.1 winner Loving Gaby, crowned the Australian Champion 3YO Filly of the 2019/2020 racing season.

A winner of the Manikato Stakes and William Reid Stakes, both at Gr.1 level, Loving Gaby’s record is the envy of any broodmare owner with 11 top four finishes from just 13 starts and over $2.2m in earnings, the daughter of I Am Invincible is arguably one of the best credentialed mares to go to stud this season.

Other key mares to visit the son of Pierro in his debut season include a host of stakes winners, stakes producers and a great selection of blue-blooded mares.

Domesday’s dual Gr.2-winning, multiple Gr.1 placed daughter Oregon’s Day, a half-sister to the Gr.2 winner Talent Show from the family of Gr.1 winner Hawkspur is joined by Saluting To Win, a half-sister to this exciting sprinter Dirty Work, a winner of this season’s Gr.2 Schillaci Stakes before a narrow third in the Gr.1 Manikato Stakes behind Duporth’s son Hey Doc.

While another exciting highlight covering this season is Smokin’ Hussay, a full-sister Gr.1 JJ Atkins winner Rothfire, the recently crowned Queensland 2YO of the Year for the 2019/2020 racing season.

O’Rachael, a Gr.1 placed daughter of Northern Meteor from the family of Gr.1 winner Manuel, a long with Shamardal mare Sweet Fire, a half-sister to South Horse of the Year and multiple Gr.1 winner Igugu have both received positive tests.

Girandola, the Medaglia d’Oro half-sister to Gr.1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes and Aquis sire Invader, as well as Kaitlin Cove, who is a half-sister to Gr.3 winner Sookie, in turn the dam of Pierro’s dual Gr.1 winner and Hong Kong export Shadow Hero, are just two further high quality mares having already had a positive cover to Pierata.

Another quality mare who is yet to be covered, but is heading to Pierata is the Not A Single Doubt mare Fidelia, a well-bred five time winner who was black type placed on six occasions. The mare was purchased privately by Phoenix Thoroughbreds with the purpose of visiting Pierata in her first season at stud.

To speak to the Aquis Sales Team about sending a mare to Pierata, or to find out about any of the other stallions on the 2020 Roster, click HERE.

Nothing Dubious

Having sired 14 Gr.1 winners in an illustrious stallion career, the retired Not A Single Doubt has now passed the baton to his sons, with three listed on the Australian Stud Book as being at stud this season.

The first to retire, was the stakes producing Squamosa, while the most recent to kick off his stallion career is Extreme Choice and from just five first crop runners, he recorded a winning, Trans-Tasman double over the weekend to follow on from the stakes placed effort of Extreme Warrior a few weeks prior.

As the only first crop sire this season to have recorded multiple winners so far, the son of Not A Single Doubt has everyone talking.

Another former son of the Arrowfield Stud sire who has everyone talking is the Aquis Canungra-based Dubious, the fastest ever winner of the Gr.3 Breeders’ Plate.

Standing his first season this year, the former Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained colt oozes quality, not just from a physical, where he has been compared very favourably with his own sire, but also on the racetrack where he proved successful in the first juvenile race of the NSW season for the colts – the Breeders’ Plate.

Won previously by the likes of Capitalist, Vancouver, Pierro, Smart Missile, Sebring, Snitzel, Charge Forward and Choisir, Dubious has one thing over all of these – his outstanding speed, which he used to record the fastest time ever achieved in the race..

By no means was Dubious a one trick pony, his mental toughness and juvenile ability saw the colt finish second in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic of his year, just like his sire did, before winning the Gr.2 Champagne Classic during the Brisbane Winter carnival.

Afforded a high quality book of mares so far this season, Aquis, like the plethora of breeders who have supported him, can’t wait to see his first crop runner shit the racetracks of Australasia in the years to come.

To speak to one of the Aquis Sales Team members about sending a mare to Dubious, or any of the remaining 2020 stallion Roster, click here.