Man He Was Quick…

With the running of the Gr.1 Manikato Stakes this coming Friday, looking back through the historical records of the race stills sees Brave Smash (Jpn) as the fastest male to ever win the race.

Scoring in a time of 1:09.36 in the 2018 running of the elite level Gr.1 sprint contest, Brave Smash stopped the clock in a quicker time than outstanding sprinters Lankan Rupee, Chautauqua, Redoute’s Choice, Hay List, Buffering and Sepoy.

Not only dis Brave Smash prove his worth in the Manikato Stakes, but also toppled fellow Japanese breeder runner and Victorian-based sire Tosen Stardom in the Gr.1 Futurity Stakes at weight-for-age, while also gaining further Gr.1 placings in the VRC Newmarket Handicap (twice), MVRC AJ Moir Stakes and MRC CF Orr Stakes.

As the fastest son from the Sunday Silence sireline to standing at stud in Australia, Brave Smash was rewarded with a high quality book of mares in his first season, with breeders ecstatic with the resultant foals being born this season.

Take a look at some of the clips below and listen to the leading industry breeders as they discuss their first crop Brave Smash foal

Middlebrook Valley Lodge’s Verna Metcalfe discuss the Brave Smash x Meri Rani filly

Kitchwin Hill’s Mick Malone chats about the Brave Smash x Our Girl Raquie filly

Listen to Gooree Park Stud’s Andrew Baddock as highlights the Brave Smash x Tris colt

To view further first crop foal videos, click HERE, or alternatively to discuss Brave Smash with one of the Aquis Sales Team, click HERE.

Invincible Territory

The recent international success of Invincible Spirit’s son Territories, whose first crop runners total 15 winners highlighted by a quick stakes double in the last few days, has given breeders in Australia further confidence that the sire line is continuing to provide success.

Standing his debut season at Aquis Seymour, Royal Meeting, unlike Territories, is a Gr.1-winning juvenile, successful in the Criterium International over 1400m at just his second start, adding one of the most essential factors breeders chase in a stallion.

Impressing on his racetrack debut in the United Kingdom, Royal Meeting was immediately sent to France at just his second appearance, where he quickened with ease to defeat the Aidan O’Brien-trained Galileo filly Hermosa at the elite level, with the runner-up going on to highlight her ability and record success in the Gr.1 One Thousand Guineas and Gr.1 Irish One Thousand Guineas.

The success of the Invincible Spirit sire line has been proven time and time again, be it locally in Australia with I Am Invincible, or in Europe through Kingman, Lawman and Mayson – all Gr.1 producing sire sons.

All in all, Invincible Spirit’s sons have sired 164 stakes winners, led by 18 individual Gr.1 winners, with none more successful that the Australian-based I Am Invincible, the sire of nine individual Gr.1 winners and over $92m in progeny earnings – not bad for a stallions that stood his first season at a fee of $11,000 and stands stood last season at $247,500!!

In Royal Meeting, Aquis offers breeders the opportunity to capitalise not only an impressive specimen from a sire line that is producing the goods, but Royal Meeting’s pedigree highlights significant global Gr.1 appeal.

Out of the Gr.1-winning, Champion South African 2YO Filly Rock Opera, herself a sister to the Gr.2 winner Hit Song and also to the Gr.1 placed Rock Concert, who is in turn the dam of the dual Gr.1-winning sprinter Van Halen, the pedigree also contains Gr.1-winning sprinter Gulf Storm, and the exciting Global Drummer, a dual Listed-winning 3yo.

Rock Opera is also the dam of Exceed And Excel’s millionaire son Heavy Metal, a six time black type winner in the UAE and Great Britain. This particular pedigree cross highlights the success with Danehill blood, and with a plethora of mares in Australia from that sire line, we are sure to see continued success in the years to come.

Standing at a fee of $13,750 (inc. GST) alongside Needs Further and Lean Mean Machine, please contact the Aquis Sales Team to discuss your 2020 breeding plans.

Second Crop Sires Offer Wealth of Opportunity

The use of stallions in their second season has led to the conception of some outstanding racetrack performers including Champion 2YO’s, Champion 3YO’s, Champion Stayers, Champion Sprinters and Champion Sires of the future.

Winners of iconic races such as the Golden Slipper, Melbourne Cup, Australian Guineas, Australian Derby, Rosehill Guineas and Doncaster were all bred from the second crop of stallions that have often gone on to achieve greatness.

First foals offer breeders the chance to test the waters and if they like what they see, a stallion often does even better with his second crop as breeders support their intuition of impending success with quality mares.

Aquis have four outstanding young sires that fit the second crop profile in dual Group I winning sprinter Brave Smash (Jpn) as well as Santos (I Am Invincible), Performer (Exceed and Excel) and Lean Mean Machine (Zoustar), the last trio all sons of champion sires.

Early reports on their progeny have been glowing.

Brave Smash in particular has found plenty of favour with the following comments from well satisfied breeders!

“We have switched over a further five mares to Brave Smash.”

“We could not have wished for a better start.”

“Great scope and athleticism.”

“I hope they’re all like this, then you know you’re onto a good thing.”

“The Brave Smash foal from Mead is a good size with plenty of strength and quality about him. He shows great scope and athleticism to develop as he matures,” said Alison Hush of Davali Thoroughbreds.

“He has good bone and conformation, it’s hard to knock him on anything really. We are expecting quite a few Brave Smash foals this season and we will be very happy if they are all as good as this colt”

As a stunning son of I Am Invincible, Santos is producing the goods!

“We’ve had three Santos foals arrive so far this season, and what an impressive group they are! They are strong, correct, lovely bodied foals with great bone under them. They’ll develop into exceptional weanlings, and best of all they’re athletic…Santos has really stamped these foals,” said Verna Metcalfe of Middlebrook Valley Lodge.

“Lovely strong attractive filly with good conformation. She’s a cracker maiden foal. We will definitely be using Santos again in the future,” said David Morrisey of Cannon Hayes Stud.

The only son of champion sire Zoustar at stud in Victoria, Lean Mean Machine has stamped his foals!

“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!” said Paul Kelly of Ponderosa Park.

Performer is also hitting the mark with his quality foals.

“We are extremely excited to be a part of Performer’s first crop with this stunning colt out of But Perfect,” said Hopetoun Bloodstock’s Murray Webster.

“Performer is a talented, well put together son of Exceed And Excel and out of a Group 1-producing Snippets mare and he has certainly stamped his foals with his best attributes, speed, precocity and type.

“I expect his first yearlings to sell extremely well and I have no hesitation recommending Performer to my clients as a breeding option in 2020.”

To view more Aquis first crop foal videos, click here.

It’s A Breeze…

Always an exciting source of talent, the upcoming Magic Millions 2YOs In Training Sale contains a host of colts by Aquis’ stallions which are sure to prove popular with discerning buyers.

Consigned through the Gippsland Bloodstock draft, one colt that has already highlighted himself is Lot 215, a son of Gr.1-producing sire Needs Further out of the unraced Bon Hoffa half-sister to the dams of Listed winner Galvanized and the Gr.2 winner La Bella Dame, who is in turn the dam of stakes winners Damselfy and Le Bonsir.

Breezing up in a solid time of 10.66 on October 9 at Seymour, the colt then had a jump out at Pakenham on October 14 (below), and it appeared he was simply too fast for the cameraman, who didn’t appear to notice him all the way in front.

Another to have their breeze up at Seymour was the Nolen Racing-consigned Lot 42, a bay colt from the first crop of Gr.1 Caulfield Guineas winner Divine Prophet.

Out of the four-time-winning Holy Roman Emperor mare Richenza, a half-sister to the Gr.1 Stradbroke Handicap winner La Montagna and to the dam of Gr.3 Red Anchor Stakes winner Eptimum, the colt is one of three catalogued by Divine Prophet in the sale.

With his first crop building momentum, Divine Prophet has already been represented by some very nice trial performers including the Team Rogerson’s Te Poropiti in New Zealand, as well as Encyclopedia, Mystic Aroma and Ezekeil.

Clare Park Thoroughbreds will consign the remaining two Divine Prophet colts in the sale with Lot 61 being out of a Pins half-sister to stakes winner Kekiva and Rapid Kay, while Lot 163 is out of a half-sister to More Than Ready’s stakes performer Delusion

With the final sets of breeze ups set to be conducted at the Gold Coast Turf Club on November 6 and 10, this is a sale not to be missed, with previous graduates including last season’s Gr.1 Stradbroke Handicap winner Tyzone, as well as carnival stakes winners Victorem, The Candy Man and Krone, while the Singapore Derby was taken out by Top Knight, another graduate of the sale.

Further Success

Three recent, and exciting winners for Encosta de Lago’s Gr.1-producing son Needs Further continues to highlight his outstanding winner to runner ratio, a figure that places him up with those inside the top ten on the Australian General Sires’ Table.

The Dale Short-trained Far Enough commenced Needs Further’s sequence of wins, recording an impressive debut victory over 1000m at Bendigo.

Starting the race favourite off the back of a pleasing barrier trial effort, jockey Damien Oliver allowed the 3yo gelding to find his feet early, before challenge on the home turn, and although it took a while to get the upper hand, the race experience gained from the win will aid in the mental and physical improvement of Far Enough.

Two days later, the well-bred Emerald Crown, a full-sister to Gr.1 Australian Guineas winner Mystic Journey recorded her second victory from her last three starts with a dominant display over 1400m at Ballarat.

Starting the race favourite in the eight horse field, the Nigel Blackiston-trained mare asserted her authority in the run home to win, eased down, by just over a length with Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michael Rodd in the saddle.

The very next day saw Orange Roughie improve off a two length win over 1350m at Devonport, to record back to back wins, scorching away from the field for a super impressive eight length win over 1420m at Launceston.

Standing for $13,750 (inc. GST) this season at Aquis Seymour, one of the many exciting factors for Needs Further’s popularity is that the success he is currently experiencing on the track is from the earlier, smaller books of mares he covered, and off the back of their success, he has since covered larger books of high quality mares.

To speak to one of the Aquis Sales Team about sending a mare to Needs Further, or to chat about your 2020 breeding plans, please click here.

An Invincible Sireline

With the 2020 covering season in full swing, Aquis Seymour’s new stallion Royal Meeting (IRE), the impressivel looking son son of Invincible Spirit has taken to the new phase of his life in sensational fashion.

The success of I Am Invincible locally, and Kingman internationally, to name a few, places a high level of demand on Invincible Spirit sire-line stallions, and in Royal Meeting, we have an outstanding, high-quality racehorse with all the pedigree attributes to prove successful at stud.

With no other son of Invincible Spirit, standing at stud in Australia, or the world, able to lay claim to being the ONLY Gr.1-winning, unbeaten 2YO, the sireline continues to flourish – being the very same line that saw Shaquero; the first Australian runner for his sire Shalaa, dominate his rivals to win the Gr.3 ATC Breeders’ Plate on debut recently.

The presence of Invincible Spirit’s sons at stud have grown significantly in recent years due to their outstanding success, with those sons producing over 150 stakes winners highlighted by 17 individual Gr.1 winners, nine of which were achieved in Australasia alone.

Outside of Champion Sire in waiting I Am Invincible, who is currently sitting in second on the Australian General Sires’ Table, European based Kingman is another exciting son on the rise with recent success, focusing further attention back on Royal Meeting.

Royal Meeting’s Gr.1 Criterium International (1400m) winning performance where he quickened with ease to defeat the Aidan O’Brien-trained Galileo filly Hermosa, who would later go on to highlight her ability and record success in the Gr.1 One Thousand Guineas and Gr.1 Irish One Thousand Guineas, showed the devastating turn of foot the former Godolphin-trained colt possessed.

Standing at an exceptional value fee  $11,000 (inc. GST), the Aquis Sales Team can be contacted HERE to book in your nomination or to discuss your 2020 mating plans.

Champion 2YO Honour For Farnan

Off the back of a sensational campaign that saw Farnan record five wins, four at black type level, highlighted by a dominate display in the G1 Golden Slipper, the outstanding colt has been awarded the Champion 2YO for the 2019/2020 season at the Australian Racehorse of the Year Awards on Monday night.

“This is what dreams are made of and it’s great to share it with such great people,” stated Aquis Managing Director Shane McGrath.

Successful over 1000m last November on debut at Canberra, the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained colt then captured the Restricted Listed Magic Millions Wyong 2YO Classic.

During the autumn, the colt kicked off his campaign with facile victory in the Gr.2 Silver Slipper Stakes, following that up with Gr.2 Todman Stakes success, before his almost two length win in the Gr.1 Golden Slipper, defeating the Mrs Fung part-owned Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Away Game, the highest rated filly of her generation at 2.

Ridden to success in the Slipper by jockey High Bowman, his praise of the colt clearly highlighted his lofty opinion.

“I haven’t ridden a better two-year-old. Just his mannerisms and his professionalism, that is one thing, but his ability is another.”

Bred, and raced in partnership during his juvenile campaign with Phoenix Thoroughbreds, the Not A Single Doubt colt’s juvenile Timeform Rating of 122 saw him the equal second highest rated 2yo from the past eight racing seasons.

Another great result for partners Phoenix Thoroughbreds, saw their recently retired Loving Gaby awarded the Champion 3YO Filly for the season, and with the mare one a stellar line up covered by Pierata so far this season, it was a sensational result for all concerned.

Kia Ora Stud have since purchased the majority share in Farnan, with the colt being aimed at the 2020 The TAB Everest on October 17, where he will race in the Aquis slot.

Image: Bradley Photos.

What Machines These Foals Are!

As the only dual group-winning son of Champion First and Second Season sire Zoustar, Lean Mean Machine’s Group 2 victories at two and three highlighted his sensational racetrack ability, while his third in the stallion-making Gr.1 Coolmore Stud Stakes, further emphasised his elite level talent.

The epitome of what breeders look for when selecting a stallion, Lean Mean Machine is a stunning physical specimen. His first three dams are all juvenile winners, his own dam She’s Meaner being a Listed winner at two, and a narrow runner-up in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic of her year, highlighting the juvenile class of the family.

Supported by many of Australia’s leading breeders in his first season including Glastonbury Farms, Makybe Racing and Breeding, Seymour Bloodstock, Swettenham Stud and Yulong Investment to name a few, the first foals of those mating’s are arriving this season to glowing reports, all noting their outstanding quality and substance.

Standing at Aquis Seymour at a fee of $13,200 (inc. GST), Lean Mean Machine has been represented Australia wide by his first crop foals with many outstanding specimens already foaled so far this season.

Ponderosa Park’s Paul Kelly is one judge who has been suitably impressed by his Lean Mean Machine foals.

“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!”

While Andrew Braddock of Gooree Park highlighted the Nashville Skyline filly as similar to her sire.

Lean Mean Machine x Nashville Skyline filly, Gooree Park Stud
Lean Mean Machine x Nashville Skyline filly, Gooree Park Stud

“The Lean Mean Machine x Nashville Skyline is a very athletic filly just like her father! Very correct and extremely active!”

It is just not the physical that is impressing breeders, but the quality of the mares he also covered in his first book.

Foaled at Aquis Canungra was the second foal of Fast Hussy, herself a half-sister to five-time Gr.1-winning, Champion Sprinter Santa Ana Lane.

Lean Mean Machine x Fast Hussy filly, Aquis Canungra
Lean Mean Machine x Fast Hussy filly, Aquis Canungra

Ellora Stud welcomed a colt out of See It My Way who is from the family of Gr.1 Golden Slipper winner Burst and South Africa’s Gr.1 Allan Robertson Championship winner Vernichey.

While Glastonbury Farms foaled down a colt out of the well-related Kulgrinda, a three-quarter-sister to Headwater, from the family of Gr.1 winners Crown Prosecutor and River Dove.

Lean Mean Machine x Kulgrinda colt, Glastonbury Farms
Lean Mean Machine x Kulgrinda colt, Glastonbury Farms

Another foal at Glastonbury Farms with an exciting pedigree is the below colt, out of the winning Shamardal Gold, a three-quarter-sister to the dual Gr.1-winning, Champion 3YO Filly Faint Perfume, from the family of Champion 3YO Filly and dual Gr.1 winner Danedri.

To discuss booking a mare into LEAN MEAN MACHINE for the 2020 breeding season, or to discuss your mating plans, please contact the Aquis Sale Team.