All That Glitters Is Gold

In Bloodstock & Breeding, Farm News, Industry News & Views, Stallions, Thoroughbred Racing by Dane Squance

Showing his customary tactical speed to position in the lead from an awkward barrier, the Aquis and Phoenix Thoroughbred raced Farnan highlighted himself as the leading juvenile of his crop, recording a stunning all the way victory in the world’s richest 2YO race, the Gr.1 Golden Slipper (1200m).

Coming off the back of victories in two key lead up races, the Gr.2 Silver Slipper Stakes and the Gr.2 Todman Stakes, the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained son of Not A Single Doubt jumped form a wide gate in the Slipper and under the urging of Hugh Bowman headed to the lead.

Maintaining a solid pace in the lead, Farnan rounded the home turn full of running before pulling away to defeat the Mrs Fung part-owned Away Game, the first filly home in the race.

Becoming the seventh winner for trainer Gai Waterhouse and the first for co-trainer Aaron Bott, previous winners for Waterhouse include Champion Sires Sebring and Pierro, with Farnan looking to add to that list in the years to come.

Jockey High Bowman, who has ridden many outstanding racehorses, was effusive in his praise for Farnan. “I’ve been lucky enough to ride some really good horses over my career as everyone knows but I haven’t ridden a better two-year-old.

“Just his mannerisms and his professionalism that is one thing but his ability is another.”

Currently the leading Timeform Rated colt of his generation, Farnan’s stunning win was a further endorsement for the Aquis’ ethos of racing in partnerships.

“Part of our overriding policy is to try and develop new partners and new associations, and the majority of our colts we have other investors in. Hopefully they’re enjoying the ride as much as we are,” stated Aquis Managing Director Shane McGrath.

Describing the victory as a “dream come true” for Aquis founder Tony Fung and his family after setting up a significant three-state breeding operation and massive racing division in recent years, McGrath highlighted how essential the entire process is.

“Twelve months ago we were aggressive in the market and we went and sourced these colts and it has paid off.”

McGrath also believes Aquis’ pre-training facility at Canungra on the Gold Coast, overseen by Kacy Fogden, had been pivotal in the development of this season’s juveniles owned by the Fung’s.

“The reality is, every good colt that we’ve had, the Breeders’ Plate, the Golden Slipper, the Pago Pago, they’ve all had one common denominator and that is that they’ve all come through our Canungra pre-training system,” he said.

Currently at Canungra enjoying a well earned rest off the back of a juvenile campaign that resulted in four wins from five races, Farnan will return at three and target Spring riches, set to further highlighting himself as one of the most exciting stallion prospects in the country.

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