Aquis Bred Colt Chasing Group One

In Bloodstock & Breeding, Farm News, Industry News & Views by Ben Ready

Missing the Golden Slipper may prove a blessing in disguise for progressive Pierro colt Bellevue Hill, who made light of the heavy conditions at Rosehill on Saturday to kick away and win the Group III ATC The Schweppervescence as he pleased.

Only an emergency for the Slipper, the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained colt came into this 1400 metre assignment off a close second to Yes Yes Yes in the Group II ATC Todman Stakes and appreciated the step up in distance to  lead all the way and win by a dominant two lengths.

Adrian Bott confirmed Bellevue Hill would back up in the Group I ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on the opening day of The Championships at Randwick next Saturday provided he came through this race without a hiccup.

“That was the plan coming into today. We wanted to see a strong performance like that just to top him off for the Sires’ Produce,” Bott said.

“He’s a fit horse and now we’ve seen today he’s versatile in all conditions so that might come in handy come next Saturday.

“We thought if he’d got a run in the Golden Slipper he would have given it a real shake because he’s the right colt, he’s going to be top class for us going forward.”

A $400,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the Aquis Farm draft for G Waterhouse / Blue Sky Bloodstock (FBAA) / Rifa Mustang / Raffles Racing, Bellevue Hill runs for a big syndicate including Aquis, in whose familiar aqua colours he runs.

Bred by Aquis Farm, Bellevue Hill has now won two of three starts earning nearly $160,000 and is the second winner from Exceed and Excel mare Bellevue Girl, a full sister to Group III winning 2YO Sugar Babe from multiple Group II winner On Type.

Bellevue Girl has a weanling filly by Pierro and was one of 149 mares covered by Aquis Farm’s exciting young sire Spieth last spring.

Aquis are presenting another stunning Inglis Easter draft featuring 10 youngsters including another colt by Pierro. Click here to see the draft.