Less than 24 hours after the Aquis silks were carried to their first Group 1 victory by Domesday colt Extra Brut in the 2018 AAMI Victoria Derby, Aquis Farm owner Tony Fung returned to his Hunter Valley breeding operation to celebrate with horses and staff.
Hosting some of his closest friends and business associates, Mr Fung visited the property yesterday, flush with the success of the previous day at Flemington.
Not only did Extra Brut score Aquis stallion Domesday, his fifth Group One winner, but star filly Sunlight also beat the colts in the Group One Coolmore Stud Stakes. Mr Fung’s wife Loretta has a share in the ownership of Sunlight.
Aquis Chief Executive Officer Shane McGrath said the Derby Day achievements were a credit to the devotion of Mr Fung to his company, his team, the industry and the community.
“I know it’s our tagline, but our future really is bright,” he said.
Mr Fung said: ‘Last night I woke up at 3am and that is the moment it all sunk in; that without my team we wouldn’t have seen yesterday’s result and I am so excited for the future.”
Mr Fung has been a long term investor in Australia and is determined to ensures a share of his successes is filtered to the community via sponsorship and donation.
It’s no secret the struggles of the Northern New South Wales region with one of the worst droughts seen in years. In a small community such as Murrurundi, this affects the livelihood businesses, families and the children of our future.
Earlier this year Aquis Farm invested in a bright future for students in the area by sponsoring the Pre-Kinder Program at Murrurundi Public School, which provides a qualified teacher one day a week to work one-on-one with the pre-kinder students.
The program will operate as a normal school day from 9am to 3pm allowing the children to ease into the routine and education of normal school life.
Aquis Farm’s inception however was in Queensland, the state Mr Fung first fell in love with in Australia. During the recent strike from within the Queensland racing industry, Mr Fung felt it necessary to provide the state with much needed support.
Mr Fung, through Aquis Farm, designed an initiative to assist the Queensland industry through their decision to strike in protest at the government’s implementation of the Point of Consumption tax.
In conjunction with Racing NSW, Aquis Farm committed a minimum payment of $1000 to all Queensland trained starters that finish outside the top 10 at Australian Turf Club’s, Canterbury Park night meeting on Friday 19th October 2018 (the opening fixture of Sydney’s night racing season) and Randwick on Saturday 20th October 2019.