More Magic Success

In Bloodstock & Breeding, Farm News, Industry News & Views by Ben Ready

The Magic Millions 2YO In-Training Sale was another successful sale for Aquis Farm. From four 2YOs offered, three sold, highlighted by Lot 43 and Lot 78, both of whom sold for $200,000 and were among the highest Lots sold on the day.

Lot 43 who sold to Hong Kong’s Chan Henry, is a colt by Deep Field out of the Al Maher mare Geniemac who is a half-sister to the dual Stakes winner and leading 2YO Paprika.

The colt had been passed in earlier this year at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale with a reserve of $150,000. “He is a lovely colt who ran down well (in his breeze up). Kacy (Fogden) and Sarah (Gardiner) who are part of our racing division have done a tremendous job preparing him,” said Aquis Farm CEO Shane McGrath. “He is part of our plan to be trading as well buying. He was clean in every way and the market found him.”

Lot 78, a colt by Aquis shuttler Holy Roman Emperor also sold to Hong Kong for $200,000, this time to the winning bid of Kwok Ming Chong. It was another big result for Holy Roman Emperor who stands at just $9,900 in 2018 and whose progeny continue to be in huge demand not just in Australia, but worldwide.

Lot 78, Holy Roman Emperor x La Rumba

Our final horse to sell under the Aquis Farm banner was Lot 146, a colt from the first crop of Hampton Court who sold to Singapore’s Kiu Den Pau for $50,000. Hampton Court stands at an advertised fee of $5,500 in 2018 and this colt is the highest-priced progeny sold by his sire to-date.

At the conclusion of the day’s trade, Aquis Farm was the second-leading vendor by average and was also among the top ten leading vendors by aggregate.

It was not just about the selling however, with Aquis Farm also signing for two Lots.

The first was Lot 182, a bay filly by Fastnet Rock out of the outstanding producer Valadon. Purchased by the Aquis Farm/Rothwell Park partnership for $260,000, her dam Valadon has produced seven winners to-date, four of whom are black-type performers, including this filly’s full-sister Global Dream who was a winner at 2 and placed 3rd in the Group Two BRC Champagne Classic.

Lot 182, Fastnet Rock x Valadon

McGrath said: “These opportunities don’t come up very often in these types of sales and I thought she was worth that ($260,000) every day of the week even if she doesn’t race. “We’ll take her home and give her some time and have another look at her in the autumn.”

Aquis Farm, in conjunction with Mick Price Racing, purchased Lot 211 for $260,000 from the draft of Kenmore Lodge. The regally bred Hinchinbrook colt is closely related to Group One winner Super Cool, who is by Hinchinbrook’s sire Fastnet Rock.

“He was our pick of the sale colt wise. Luke Wilkinson (Price’s bloodstock manager) has been up here doing the groundwork and we ended up on the same horse,” McGrath said. “I like Hinchinbrook who is going to keep on continuing to rise. We like to aim up on the proven horses and he is from a really good vendor who are also great supporters of Aquis. We’ll give him ten days off to let his head down and then get him down to Mick’s.”

The sale was also a success for Aquis’ resident stallion Dream Ahead, who had one 2YO offered at the sale. A colt out of the winning Al Maher mare Strathspey, he was purchased by Roll The Dice Racing/Darren Weir for $75,000.