On Wednesday the Nicconi colt Akkadian, a $110,000 Magic Millions purchase from the Aquis Farm draft for Matt Cumani/ Boomer Bloodstock, and who runs for a big syndicate of owners including Aquis Farm, won impressively at his home track of Ballarat.
Akkadian was up and running as an early spring two-year-old to finish fifth in the Listed VRC Maribyrnong Trial last year and later finished third in the Group II VRC Sires Produce Stakes.
Akkadian was sent out favourite on Wednesday in the 1200 metre maiden and duly got the job done, racing up on the pace for Ben Melham and kicking strongly to the line to hold off Zoustar gelding Starvirgo to win by a head.
It was his first win in eight starts, but there should be many more in store.
“He’s a horse that should have won a race long ago, but we kept stepping him up in class,” said trainer Matt Cumani.
“He was the best horse in this race and I loved the way he fought on.
“We always thought he’d be better over further out to 1600 or even 1800 metres. We’ll look towards the Guineas for him and can always come back a grade from that.”
Not long after Akkadian’s win on Wednesday, the famed international colours of US based Stonestreet Stables were carried to victory at Randwick by promising I Am Invincible filly She’s Furline, who is co-owned by Aquis Farm and Peter Leidel.
Trained by Peter and Paul Snowden, She’s Furline showed potential last preparation when finishing third at her second start in a maiden event at Warwick Farm won by subsequent dual Group II winner Pure Elation, another daughter of I Am Invincible.
Spelled after that effort, She’s Furline won at Kembla when resuming from a spell and then scored a determined win in the Benchmark 66 event over 1150 metres beating another promising filly in Gentle Persuasion by a head.
A $500,000 Magic Millions purchase from the Mill Park draft for Stonestreet/Peter Leidel/Aquis/Blue Sky BS, She’s Furline is the 21st winner of the 2018-19 season for Aquis and partners.