Aquis Farm Stallion Parades Locked In For 2017

In Bloodstock & Breeding, Farm News, Stallions by Ben Ready

Aquis Farm has unveiled the dates for its 2017 Stallion Parades – this year featuring 12 stunning stallions across two different properties.

Last year’s debut Aquis Farm Stallion Parade at its Canungra property was one of the highlights of the Queensland breeding industry with more than 1,000 guests enjoying the beautiful surrounds, incredible stallions and great hospitality.

This year Aquis will host parades and open days at two properties – Canungra on the Gold Coast hinterland and at Murrurundi in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley.

Aquis will swing open the gates of its Canungra property on Sunday 13 August from 10.30am with the parade kicking off at 11.00am followed by lunch and family open day.

Aquis’ Hunter Valley property will  host parades at 10.00am and 3.00pm on Friday August 25 with light refreshments provided prior to each parade. The property’s five stallions will also be available for private parades on August 26 (Saturday) and August 27 (Sunday).

Queensland (Canungra) Stallions

Spill the Beans at the Aquis Farm Stallion Parade in 2016

  • Husson (ARG) (Hussonet) $13,200
  • Spill The Beans (Snitzel) $11,000
  • Furnaces (Exceed and Excel) $9,900
  • Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) (Danehill) $9,900
  • Domesday (Red Ransom)$8,800
  • Benfica (Lonhro) $4,400
  • Sweet Orange (USA) (War Front) $4,400

A brilliant Group II winning son of record breaking 2017 Australian Champion Sire Snitzel, Spill The Beans was straight off the track when presented to breeders last spring and 12 months on has let down into a magnificent stallion.

Spill The Beans covered 202 mares last year making him the busiest first season sire in Australia, so there are many excited breeders out there eagerly awaiting the arrival of his first foals!

Spill The Beans always had a fine female pedigree to back up his good looks and ability, but that too has taken an upswing this year following the emergence of his three-quarter sister Kenedna.

Running for the powerful Darren Weir stable, Kenedna has won four stakes races this year including the Group II BRC The Roses and was second in the Group I SAJC Australasian Oaks.

A genuinely top class filly, she highlights the depth of this terrific pedigree which also features Australian Horse of the Year Bounding Away and Group I winner Speak Fondly.

Following on from Spill the Beans comes our next new recruit Furnaces, who offers brilliant speed and the power of the Danehill sireline through his champion son Exceed And Excel, a proven sire of sires.

A brilliant Group III winning juvenile that matched strides with Golden Slipper winner Vancouver, Furnaces was a fast maturing youngster with speed to burn.

On the female side of his family, Furnaces is nothing short of top class being from stakes-placed Strategic mare Heat Of The Fire, who traces back to influential matriarch Summoned.

This is the family of champion sprinter and sire Zeditave and more current stars such as dual Group I winner and $1.9 million earner Melito and this season’s outstanding juvenile colt Pariah, whose full brother topped the 2017 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale when fetching $2.5 million.

New South Wales (Hunter Valley) Stallions

  • Artie Schiller (USA) (El Prado) $33,000
  • Divine Prophet (Choisir) $22,000
  • Dream Ahead (USA) (Diktat) $19,800
  • Kiss And Make Up (More Than Ready) $16,500
  • Al Maher (Danehill) $13,200

The Hunter Valley parade will feature an appearance from first year stallion Divine Prophet, the Group I Caulfield Guineas winning son of champion sprinter and sire of sires Choisir. Divine Prophet has the pedigree and performance to place him among the very best first season sires retiring to stud this spring.

A winner at two over 1200 metres and then third in the Group I ATC Champagne Stakes to dual Group I winner Prized Icon at just his third race start, Divine Prophet blossomed at three.

He returned to win the sire making Group I MRC Caulfield Guineas defeating Hey Doc, who would subsequently win the Group I VRC Australian Guineas in the autumn proving the strength of the form.

From a daughter of champion sire Encosta de Lago, tracing back to legendary Kiwi matriarch Sunbride, Divine Prophet has diverse bloodlines featuring an explosive mix of precocious Australian speed with sound, tough Kiwi stamina.

A precocious and fast son of champion sire of sires More Than Ready (USA), Group II winner Kiss And Make Up has the distinction of being the only horse to defeat Champion Two Year Old and Golden Slipper winner Capitalist as a juvenile.

Kiss And Make Up was prepared by legendary trainer Gai Waterhouse, who has been instrumental in charting the racing careers of many leading sires.

“Kiss And Make Up in his short career showed such brilliance and speed. He has a perfect colt’s temperament, he is good natured, intelligent, easy to work with and he has a wonderfully competitive spirit. I wish Aquis every success and I look forward to purchasing his progeny,” said Waterhouse.

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