Aquis Colts Impress At Trials

In Bloodstock & Breeding, Farm News, Thoroughbred Racing by Ben Ready

Five juvenile heats at the Warwick Farm trials on Monday (February 4) morning held plenty of interest with the fastest heat won by Chicago Bull, a colt co-owned by Aquis Farm.

Victorian trainer Peter Gelagotis had a mixed morning with his stable star Levendi pulled up in his heat and subsequently found to have suffered a pelvic frature, but it was smoother siaing for his exciting two year-old Chicago Bull.

The Exceed and Excel colt was favourite for the Group III VRC Maribyrnong Plate in the spring, but did plenty wrong before finishing third to Vinicunca and was then sent for a break.

He had a very quiet trial at Rosehill last Tuesday, but was asked to do more this time around and responded in stylish fashion.

Chicago Bull was ridden forward from the gate by Sam Clipperton to share the lead three wide and then forged clear down the running to win by half a length over I Am Invincible colt Navy Cross, the half-brother to Golden Slipper winner Sepoy with Standout, the full brother to Golden Slipper winner Overreach in third place.

They clocked 47.45 seconds with all three colts looking likely prospects to follow.

Chicago Bull was a $400,000 Inglis Easter purchase for James Bester Bloodstock / Aquis Farm / Hilldene / Gelagotis Racing from the Kia Ora Stud draft and is a three-quarter brother to Group II winning juvenile Zululand from Us Group II winner Dream Play (USA).

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Navy Cross has had three trials now for three seconds, one of those on December 27 behind his highly rated stablemate Dawn Passage.

A $700,000 Magic Millions purchase for his trainers from the Aquis draft at Magic Millions, Navy Cross was bred by Emirates Park and runs for a syndicate that includes Mount Hallowell Stud in whose colours he run and Aquis, who are also in the ownership of Chicago Bull, so this trial result was a win win for Tony Fung’s burgeoning bloodstock empire.