Aquis on Fire

In Industry News & Views, Thoroughbred Racing by Ben Ready

Aquis Farm has had a big week in racing, with another five wins added to the season tally.

Since August 1, Aquis has had 49 winners and based on the current strike rate and is set to smash the 2017/18 season total of 92.

Aquis CEO Shane McGrath said it has been a stellar few months on the racetrack for Aquis.

“This is the culmination of a huge amount of team work across all aspects of our operation,” he said.

“Our horses are prepared to the highest standards so they are given the best chance of success on the racetrack.

“We have first class facilities and systems in place at our pre-training operation which is led by Kacy Fogden at Canungra in Queensland, and, we place our horses with the best and most suitable trainers across Australia.

“It’s a long journey to the winning post and ultimate success is the result of a lot of hard work and meticulous planning by many people and we are very grateful for the valuable part each and every one of them has played along the way so far,” he said.

Aquis will now track towards its best season yet since it was established in Australia in 2015.

Nooks and Crannies saluted at Grafton on Monday, making it back-to-back wins. The Toby Edmonds trained filly had a career record of two wins, two seconds and one third from just six career starts.

Nariko proved too strong at Ballarat on Saturday taking out Race 1. The daughter of Not A Single Doubt was a Perth Magic Millions Yearling Sales purchase for just $45,000; she has now taken her earnings to just under $100,000. The Mick Price trained mare has now won three races this preparation and only been out of the money on one occasion in her six starts this preparation.

2YO filly Vincere Volare outclassed her rivals in the first at Doomben on Saturday. I Am Invincible filly, trained by Tony Gollan won by five lengths on debut and looks to be an exciting 2YO for Aquis Farm and connections. She was a $300,000 purchase from the 2018 Inglis Easter Sale consigned by Yarraman Park.

Bel Sonic returned to winning style at Ballarat after having his first start back since July. The Jason Warren trained gelding was very impressive to storm home late in Race nine. The gelding was a $80,000 Magic Millions Yearling Sales purchase and has taken his career earnings to $349,400.

After the race on Jason Warren commended Kacy and the team in Queensland for the terrific work they put into the gelding to get him back to the track in such great order. Bel Sonic will be one to watch over the summer as he is now qualified for the 2019 Magic Millions Carnival.

Yesterday, The Socialist cruised home to win Race seven at the Sunshine Coast. The son of Champion stallion Snitzel was purchased for $280,000 from the 2016 Inglis Premier Sale consigned by Holbrook Thoroughbreds.