Champions Produced From Aquis Pre-Training Facilities

In Farm News, Racehorse Retraining, Thoroughbred Racing by Ben Ready

Saturday’s Group 3 PJ Bell Stakes winner Houtzen is a poster girl for horses who benefit from Aquis’ Pre-Training facilities at Canungra, Queensland. Trained by Toby Edmonds, Houtzen’s earnings are now nearing $2 million after her win on day one of The Championships.

Houtzen is a regular at Aquis’ training centre and in the two weeks leading up to the PJ Bell she had an unofficial jump-out and a track gallop at the centre to get her spot on for the race, which she completed in a record time of 1:08.64.

Aquis’ Queensland property boasts world-class training facilities designed to bring out the best in horses in training and to freshen up older horses that may be in need of a new environment. Spread over 447 hectares, the property boasts a fully irrigated 1800m grass track, a 1750m all-weather sand track, an aqua walker, treadmill and a 65m lap pool.

The stables can hold up to 80 horses in-training, and the day yards and paddocks can accommodate many more, making it an ideal property for the spelling of racehorses and yearlings alike.


Toby Edmonds praised Aquis’ training facilities following Houtzen’s record-breaking win.

“The centre really works for us with everything they have on offer… the openness of the grass track is great and with all the facilities being available to us at any time, we take full advantage of this and make great use of the centre.

“It is particularly great during wet weather periods like we have experienced recently as the track holds up and continues to perform well even after a lot of rain.”

Kacy Fogden, the Pre-training and Racing Manager at Canungra, along with her dedicated team, have been getting extraordinary racetrack results in recent times with horses that have been using the farm’s world class facilities.

The Steven O’Dea trained Cool Sequence is another horse benefitting from Aquis’ facilities.

The 5yo thrives during his time at the farm and won back-to-back starts following his last stint at the property.  Cool Sequence returned to Aquis this week (April 9) following a narrow defeat at Ipswich last Wednesday, so keep an eye out for him when he races next.

Doubt Defying is another horse in the O’Dea stable who has been reaping the benefits of treadmill work at Aquis; running out a 3.5L winner at the Gold Coast last month, just five days after leaving Aquis’ Pre-Training Centre.

Further underscoring the high regard in which trainers hold our training centre, eight horses from Freedman Racing that are destined for the Brisbane Winter Carnival made their way to Canungra this week where they will spend the next two months taking full advantage of the world-class facilities we have on offer here at Aquis.

For more information on Aquis Farm’s Pre-Training and Spelling Centre contact our Queensland Office on +61 7 5543 4732 or email Kacy Fogden