TDN: First stakes winner for Divine Prophet on Oaks Day

From TDN: The G3 Darley Ottawa S. was a celebratory result for Aquis Farm on Oaks Day, giving its Caulfield Guineas-winning stallion Divine Prophet his very first stakes winner.

The G3 Darley Ottawa S. was the first of the features on VRC Oaks Day, a sprint over 1000 metres for the juvenile fillies. It proved a busy field with 18 horses going to post, and the result went the way of See You In Heaven, who provided her sire, Aquis Farm’s Divine Prophet, with his very first stakes winner.

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Breednet: First Stakes Winner for Divine Prophet

From Breednet: Fifteen two-year-old fillies charged down the Flemington straight in the Group III Darley Ottawa Stakes (1000m) on Oaks Day and it was the unraced division that dominated the finish.

Looking every inch a true professional, the Richard and Chantelle Jolly-trained See You in Heaven went straight as an arrow down the centre of the track to ring up the first stakes-winner for Aquis Farm’s Caulfield Guineas hero Divine Prophet (Choisir).

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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.

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.