A look beyond the racetrack for Queensland Racing Minister, Hon. Stirling Hinchcliffe

In Industry News & Views by Ben Ready

The Honourable Stirling Hinchcliffe, recently appointed Minister for Racing in Queensland visited Aquis Farm’s Canungra property yesterday to gain a more thorough knowledge of the racing, breeding and overall thoroughbred industry.

To start the day, Hon. Stirling Hinchliffe was welcomed by an introduction to Aquis’ Group Two winning colt, Sesar, before a demonstration of the world class pre-training facilities Aquis has to offer, showcasing horses exercising in the pool and on the treadmill “Its facilities are first class and there’s no doubting the expertise and professionalism of Aquis staff” he said.


Chris Deputy CEO, Hon. Stirling Hinchcliffe, Spill The Beans

Although the day may start in the pre-training barn before the sun rises, the journey begins long before that in the breeding operation.

Over in the breeding barn, two of the finest foals sired by Spill the Beans, one of Queensland’s most popular Stallions, were paraded prior to the sire himself at the stallion barn. Also joining Spill The Beans on parade were Domesday and The Mission, led by Aquis Farm Director of Stallions, Mark Wooldridge.  “With such an impressive stallion roster, Aquis is going to be a major player in the years to come – both on and off the track.”

Kacy Fodgen Racing Manager

Kacy Fogden, Racing Manager and Hon. Stirling Hinchcliffe

Having been in the position of Racing Minister for less than 12 months, the Hon. Stirling Hinchcliffe was eager to immerse himself within the industry, and what better way than to go behind the seasons and experience a day in the life of the thoroughbred industry “It’s great to see Aquis investing so confidently in Queensland’s breeding and racing industry. They’ve given Queensland Racing a big vote of confidence and I welcome their ongoing commitment to racing in this State.”