Success Was The Only Option

In Farm News, Thoroughbred Racing by Dane Squance

Saturday’s racing saw the outstanding victory of the Aquis-bred colt Not An Option for trainer Tony Pike, winning the Gr.2 Wakefield Challenge Stakes at Trentham in New Zealand.

Improving off his half-length debut win in September, the son of Not A Single Doubt is a winner of each and every trial and race start he has contested, and went into the race as one of the leading contenders.

Sitting off the speed, jockey Leith Innes allowed the Tony Pike-trained colt to make his move after the field headed into the home turn, where he ambled to the leaders, pulling away for a one and a quarter length victory.

Foaled at Aquis, Not An Option is out of the Gr.2-winning, Gr.1 placed Savabeel mare Chintz, a sister to the Gr.1 Auckland Cup winner Chenille. Chintz foaled a filly by Aquis’ Gr.1 Sires’ Produce Stakes winner Invader on November 30.

Sold through the draft of Curraghmore Stud at the New Zealand Premier Yearling Sale to his trainer, Not An Option (pictured above as a yearling) is raced by leading New Zealand industry players including Raffles Racing, Haunui Farm and Waikato Stud Ltd.

“He’s never put a foot wrong this horse,” stated Pike Racing representative Chris McNab. “He just ticks every box you put in front of him and he was just too good.”

“With his trial, he just relaxed so beautifully and he did the same today.

“They didn’t go that hard early and he was running around a little bit, but he was just so good over the last 200m.”

Securing his place in the NZ $1m Karaka Million 2YO (1200m) at Ellerslie racecourse in January, the victory brings further highlight to Aquis’ next crop of yearlings to sell, highlighted by a draft of 25 for the 2020 Magic Millions Yearling Sale which can be viewed HERE.

Main Race Photo: Race Images