Bryan Guy’s Fillies Project Gathering Pace For Aquis Farm

In Bloodstock & Breeding, Industry News & Views, Thoroughbred Racing by Ben Ready

Queensland trainer Bryan Guy was approached by Aquis Farm in June last year and given a brief; find three fillies of decent pedigree that can go on to the Aquis Farm breeding barn after their racing careers.

Bryan, understanding what could potentially develop should he unearth fillies of city-class talent meticulously went through the entire Magic Millions June draft and found three fillies that fit the bill – good pedigrees, with size, scope and strength.

Absolutlypositivly is by Golden Slipper winner, Sepoy, and out of the Royal Academy mare, Absolute Dream. Absolute Dream was a winner at 1300m and ran second in the Listed Adelaide Guineas, she is a half-sister to the multiple G1 winner – Toledo.

“There was just something about her, she was a nice type, strong and a good walker, you couldn’t really fault her,” Guy recalls of the inspection.

Guy and Aquis Farm bought the filly for $120,000 and she has since gone on to win three races from five career starts. After impressing most recently winning two in a row at Aquis Park Gold Coast Turf Club, Absolutlypositivly will now be aimed at the G3 Vo Rogue Stakes at Doomben on New Year’s Eve.

“If she happens to win there, then she will be given her chance in the $2 million Magic Millions Guineas in early January,” Guy said.

Last Sunday’s winner for Aquis Farm under Guy’s guidance, Protest, is by Smart Missile and out of unraced Zabeel mare, Quibble. She is from a deep family which includes G1 Adelaide Cup winner, Demerger, Rash Promise and Majestically.

“She was another one who just caught the eye, a typical Zabeel type she was always going to need a little bit of time,” he said.

Bought for just $20,000 highlighting Guy’s eye for an improver, she won her maiden on Sunday over 1800m and will now head for the QTIS Three-year-old 1800m Hcp at Aquis Park, Gold Coast Turf Club on Aquis Farm Ladies Day (6th Jan).

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Nashville Skyline, by Not a Single Doubt out of Jive, and from the family of this year’s Golden Slipper third, Tulip, is possibly the best of all of them.

Buying her for a modest $60,000 in the ring, Guy was impressed her early ability and put her in the G1 Champagne Stakes at Randwick at just her third start.

“She looks and feels like an Oaks filly and after a run in the same 1800m three-year-old race as Protest, we will be giving her a spell before targeting the G1 AJC Oaks in the Autumn,” he said.

Guy has shown what can be achieved with a little bit of patience and as an Aquis Farm trainer he has shown to be a good judge of sourcing quality bloodstock and developing them into consistent racehorses. Getting the maidens out of the way has ensured the fillies will enter the Aquis Farm breeding barn at some point.

“When Aquis boss Shane McGrath and I spoke after Sunday’s win we both agreed that our June filly project was looking pretty good. Aquis are a great company to deal with and a pleasure to train for,” Guy said.