Racing Towards Spring

In Bloodstock & Breeding, Brave Smash, Industry News & Views by Dane Squance

While the breeding side of the Aquis operation has been focused on the stallion parades over the weekend, the racing team has experienced a top class run with five winners over the last four days which have either been bred, sold or raced by Aquis.

Thursday’s Hawkesbury meeting saw the David Pfieffer-trained Texas Forever (Deep Field) start the ball rolling, recording a winning debut for his large group of owners. Sold through Aquis’ 2018 Magic Millions Yearling Sale draft to his trainer on behalf of breeder Emirates Park, the 3yo colt had been readied by three trials leading into his debut, where he led throughout to take the 1000m race by three-quarters of a length. Recording a good time of 57.41 seconds, the well-bred colt has is out of a full-sister to Gr.1 winner Secret Agenda.

Texas Forever Winning On Debut, Image: Hawkesbury Race Club

Texas Forever Winning On Debut, Image: Hawkesbury Race Club

Three races later, the Gary Moore-trained Nuclear Summit (Spirit Of Boom) improved from his effort at Eagle Farm in late July, to break his maiden over 1300m (pictured top). Going forward to sit outside of the race leader, jockey Tim Clarke asked the 3yo for an effort as the field entered the home straight, where he responded to pull back the leader and record a tenacious victory.

Racing in Singapore is always very competitive and on Friday night, the Aquis bred and sold 3yo Iron Ruler (Dissident) broke his maiden at his third local start. Placed at both his initial two runners, trainer Michael Clements attributed the step to 1400m for the half-length victory. Purchased by Krit Chittaseni and Waterford Bloodstock from Aquis’ 2018 Magic Millions Yearling Sale draft, Iron Ruler is out of the Fastnet Rock mare Hennessy Rock, who is due to foal this season to Gr.1 Caulfield Guineas winner Divine Prophet.

Gold Coast racing on Saturday saw the promising Astro Toy Boy (Deep Field) record his second win from just three starts. Trained by Toby and Trent Edmonds, the colt impressed by winning at his only start at two, before a half-length second in early August, followed by his length win on Saturday. Out of the well related Johan’s Toy, the dual Listed-winning, multiple Gr.1 placed dam of Gr.1 winner Toydini, the mare is one of the stellar line up of quality mares set to be covered by the multiple Gr.1-winning sprinter Brave Smash this season.

Having just his third start the Kacy Fogden-trained Jarrow (Tavistock) capped off a solid few days of racing for the Aquis team, saluting over 1400m at the Sunshine Coast. Bred and raced by Aquis, the 3yo travelled in a handy position back along the rails before working home solidly to pull off the heels of the race favourite and charge away for a length and a quarter victory. Set to head to the spelling paddock, his trainers have indicated that he’s a very promising runner with plenty of carnival opportunities once he resumes.

With some promising updates to current Aquis pedigrees as well as great a host of great results for our racing partners in the last few days, we look forward to an exciting spring of racing and breeding.

Racing Images courtesy of Hawkesbury Race Club