James Ferrier and his mount Sidestep were the winners of this year’s Aquis Triequithon held at Doomben racecourse on Saturday (April 21).
The event is the 20/20 of Eventing and is restricted to off the track Thoroughbreds that are qualified to compete in 1* Eventing. It is a shortened version of a One-Day Event and includes the traditional eventing disciplines of dressage, showjumping and x-country.
With a prize pool of over $10,000 on offer the Aquis Triequithon is one of the richest 1* contests on the Australian Eventing calendar. It is the third year of the event, and the second year that Aquis Farm has sponsored the competition.
While the event serves to promote the sport of eventing to a wider audience it also showcases the talent of off the track Thoroughbreds and highlights their suitability for competing at high level eventing, which of course is an Olympic sport that Australia has a great track record in.
Aquis are committed to supporting and promoting off the track Thoroughbreds and their careers after racing and this year’s winner Sidestep is a great example of a Thoroughbred that has found himself a career away from the track – by Saint Averil, out of the Commands mare Run For Joy, Sidestep was previously known as Saints Be Praised and was bred by Goodwood Park.
Having passed in for $3,000 as a yearling at Magic Millions in 2011, it seems Saints Be Praised was not destined for success as a racehorse and never raced. However, in eventing Sidestep as found his niche and is a great ambassador for the sport of Eventing and for off the track Thoroughbreds.