Aquis, in partnership with Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, is pleased to announce the acquisition of exciting Group-performed Fastnet Rock colt Siege of Quebec at the recent (5 April) Inglis Chairman’s Sale.
Offered for sale by James Harron Bloodstock, the blue-blood colt was the highlight of the elite racing prospects sale when selling for $1 million.
Aquis CEO Shane McGrath said he was delighted with the purchase.
“I’ve admired the horse all the way through his racing career and when Adrian [Bott] suggested Aquis get involved in his future, we were more than happy to do so,” Mr McGrath said.
“We’re always happy to back any trainer that supports us and we’re looking forward to being involved in hopefully seeing Siege of Quebec becoming a Group 1 winner in the near future.’
“I would have thought he was a chance to be a Cox Plate horse in time. He could go to Hong Kong and he could be a Doncaster horse next year. The beauty of the Fastnet Rocks is that they improve as they get older and he is a horse with a big pedigree who has been well looked after and is only lightly raced.”
Siege of Quebec has all the credentials to develop into a top-class racehorse and future stallion prospect for Aquis.
A $1.2 million yearling graduate of the 2016 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Newgate Farm, Siege of Quebec was unbeaten in his two starts at 2 for the Gai Waterhouse/Adrian Bott stable. Making his 3YO debut in the Listed Rosebud Stakes, Siege of Quebec was 2nd to the subsequent Group 2 winner and Group 1-placed Menari, before being sent to the paddock for a spell.
Resuming at Rosehill in January, Siege of Quebec was a dominant winner of the Wilkes Quality over 1100m, beating Kennedy and the Group 3 Pago Pago Stakes winner Single Bullet.
Backing up two weeks later in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes at Warwick Farm, Siege of Quebec finished 2nd behind the subsequent Group 1 Randwick Guineas winner Kementari.
Siege of Quebec is a full-brother to the Group 3 Manfred Stakes winner, and multiple Group 1-placed sire Bull Point, while his dam Rose of Cimmaron (Bite The Bullet) is a full-sister to Mica’s Pride – the dam of the multiple Group 1 winner and sire Criterion, who was the equal Leading Older Male on the 2015 World Thoroughbred Rankings.