Aquis’ dual-property, two-State strategy continues to bridge the gap for Queensland and Hunter Valley breeders with gun stallion Kiss And Make Up set to transfer to the group’s Queensland farm at Canungra this year.
After a highly successful 2017 at our New South Wales property in the Hunter Valley the race-proven son of More Than Ready (USA) will be moved north to join the group’s Queensland roster in time for the 2018 breeding season.
The ability to transfer any of our stallions from one property to the other and provide breeders with access to our whole roster over time was one of the key reasons behind our investment in the Hunter Valley.
Kiss And Make Up’s move north will give Queensland breeders access to Kiss And Make Up for the first time since the Gai Waterhouse trained colt was retired last year due to a knee injury and was acquired by Aquis as part of its strategy to build a more diverse roster.
Aquis Farm CEO Shane McGrath said despite the sire’s popularity in New South Wales he would be moved to Canungra this year.
“We have had a lot of questions from local breeders asking if he will be transferred so we are confident his popularity will travel with him,” he said.
“He will provide further balance to our Queensland roster and importantly give the local industry access to another high-quality sire that has great potential to replicate his success on the track with a stellar career as a stallion.”
Kiss And Make Up was the only juvenile to defeat Golden Slipper winner Capitalist when winning the Group II Todman Stakes at Randwick by two and a half lengths.
A January Magic Millions sales graduate, bred and offered by John Singleton’s Strawberry Hill Stud, Kiss And Make Up was purchased as a yearling by Waterhouse in 2015.
Kiss And Make Up is a blueblood in every respect, being by Champion 2yo sire More Than Ready (Sebring, More Joyous, Phelan Ready etc.) from the Waterhouse trained Australian Champion 2yo Filly Fashion’s Afield (Redoute’s Choice).