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2017

Aquis Farm Stallion Parades

Friday, 21st July 2017

Aquis Farm has announced the dates for its 2017 Stallion Parades which will feature 12 stunning stallions across two different properties. Last year's debut Aquis Farm Stallion Parade at its Canungra property was one of the highlights of the year for the Queensland breeding industry with more than 1,000 guests enjoying the beautiful surrounds, incredible stallions and great hospitality. This year Aquis will host parades and open days at two properties – Canungra on the Gold Coast hinterland, and at Murrurundi in the New South Wales Hunter Valley. The Canungra stallion parade will take place on Sunday, 13 August from 10.30am with the parade kicking off at 11.00am followed by lunch and family open day. Aquis' Hunter Valley property will host parades at 10.00am and 3.00pm on Friday, 25 August with light refreshments provided prior to each parade. The property's five stallions will also be available for private parades on Saturday, 26 August, and Sunday, 27 August.

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Emirates & Aquis Farm Announce Joint Venture

Monday, 24th April 2017

Emirates Park and Queensland's Aquis Farm have announced a new joint venture that will see Aquis Farm take over management of Emirates Park's Murrurundi (NSW) property, facilities and stallion roster. Hussain Lootah, son of His Excellency Nasser Lootah, Founder and Chairman of Emirates Park, said the joint venture between the Lootah and Fung families would create a new force in the Australian thoroughbred breeding and racing industry. "For some time now we have been looking for a like-minded partner to share our vision for taking Emirates Park to the next stage of its growth and development and in Aquis Farm and the Fung family we believe we have found the perfect partner," he said. Aquis Farm CEO Justin Fung said that he and his father, Tony, were excited to be entrusted with the management of the Emirates Park property, facilities and stallions but more excited to have found great friends and business partners in the Lootah family. "We see the sky as the limit in our vision to grow the respective Aquis and Emirates businesses in Queensland and New South Wales," Mr Fung said. Following the agreement Emirates Park and Aquis Farm clients will have access to an incredible roster of high quality stallions for the 2017 season.

Emirates Park (managed by Aquis) NSW Stallions and Fees (all including GST):

  • Artie Schiller - $33,000
  • Dream Ahead - $19,800
  • Kiss and Make Up - $16,500 - NEW
  • Al Maher - $13,200

Aquis Farm Queensland Stallions and Fees (all including GST):

Aquis Farm Announces 2017 Roster

Thursday, 13th April 2017

Leading Queensland thoroughbred breeding and training facility Aquis Farm has announced its full stallion roster for 2017. After standing four stallions - Spill The Beans, Holy Roman Emperor, Benfica and Domesday – with great success in 2016, Aquis Farm has doubled its roster this year to create a diverse range of options for breeders and an abundance of different bloodlines to choose from. In its tireless quest to stand quality stallions for Queensland breeders, Aquis Farm has added Kiss And Make Up, Husson, Furnaces and Sweet Orange to its already proven roster. Queensland breeders have a diverse choice in where to breed their mares with both Danehill line stallions and Danehill outcross stallions represented. Aquis Farm’s Justin Fung said the full roster of eight stallions met the Farm’s commitment to the industry to provide local access to top shelf bloodstock. “We are totally committed to establishing Aquis Farm as one of Australia’s leading stallion farms and we think we are demonstrating that with our 2017 roster,” he said. “We are delighted with how our new stallions have been received already and we await the new breeding season with excitement.” The Aquis roster is:

*All fees inclusive of GST

Furnaces Joins Aquis Farm Roster

Thursday, 6th April 2017

The brilliantly fast Godolphin homebred and former classy juvenile Furnaces is the latest addition to the 2017 stallion roster at Aquis Farm. Prepared by John O'Shea, Furnaces was a scintillating six length debut winner at Rosehill in October over 1100 metres, immediately putting himself into the Golden Slipper picture with bookmakers installing him as the early favourite. Furnaces finished a good sixth in the Gr1 Golden Slipper, beaten just two lengths behind Vancouver before backing up to win the Gr3 ATC Kindergarten Stakes at Randwick over 1100 metres. By world-class sire Exceed And Excel, Furnaces is a direct descendant of outstanding producer Summoned. This is the family of champion sprinter and sire Zeditave, dual Gr1 winning mare and $1.9 million earner Melito, as well as this season's outstanding juvenile colt Pariah. With a pedigree featuring the blood of Danehill (USA), Star Kingdom (IRE) and Sir Tristram (IRE), Furnaces brings the most powerful influences in Australian racing and breeding to Queensland in a fast, precocious package. "Furnaces is a horse that we were very keen to bring to Queensland in 2017 and with his early precocious speed and superb pedigree we think he is every chance of repeating the success of a horse like Written Tycooon when bred to the speedy Queensland mare pool," said Aquis Farm CEO Justin Fung. "We remain committed to a long term target of about twelve stallions standing in Queensland and we see Furnaces as a foundation stallion for our long term future."

2016

Wild Rain Wins Gr2 McEwen Stakes

Monday, 5th September 2016

At Moonee Valley in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's Gr1-winning stallion Manhattan Rain (Encosta de Lago- Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) added a Group success when 5YO mare Wild Rain (Manhattan Rain-North Flower, by Rory's Jester) scored by 1 length for trainer Mark Kavanagh in the $200,000 Gr2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) for 3YO+, over 4YO entire Furnaces (Exceed and Excel-Heat of the Fire, by Strategic) & 4YO mare Heatherly (Lonhro-Dancing Heather, by Danzero). Wild Rain, who was purchased for $150,000 by Mark Kavanagh at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Arrowfield Stud, boosted her impressive strike rate to 8 wins (including the Gr3 Sir John Monash Stakes, Listed City Of Greater Dandenong Stakes & Listed SAJC Lightning Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Gr3 MRC Sir John Monash Stakes) from 19 starts for $751,067 earnings. Trainer Mark Kavanagh said Wild Rain would make his next appearance in the Gr1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley on 30 September. "She's progressing really nicely," trainer Mark Kavanagh told racing.com. "She will be back here in three weeks time for the Moir Stakes."

Furnaces To Sprint Well Fresh

Thursday, 1st September 2016

Trainer John O'Shea is expecting a bold first-up showing from Furnaces (Exceed and Excel-Heat of the Fire, by Strategic) when the talented sprinter resumes in the Gr2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley on Saturday. A winner of the Gr3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) as a juvenile, Furnaces showcased his significant ability when returning as a 3YO to finish third behind world champion sprinter Chautauqua in last season's edition of the McEwen. Speaking to godolphin.com, O'Shea said the lightly raced 4YO was in excellent order leading into his spring opener. "He's performed well at Moonee Valley before, which is good because it can be tricky," O'Shea said.  "And I'd say he goes into this race as good as he's ever been at the same stage of a preparation." He added: "He's raced well right from his two-year-old days, he's trialled nicely coming into this race and he races well fresh." Among Furnaces opponents is the flying filly Heatherly, a 1000 metre specialist who is in winning form, and Wild Rain, another who handles Moonee Valley well and is a last start winner at Gr3 level.

2015

Chautauqua Wins Gr2 McEwen Stakes

Monday, 7th September 2015

At Moonee Valley in Melbourne, Coolmore's former dual Champion Australian Sire Encosta De Lago (Fairy King-Shoal Creek, by Star Way) added a Group success when 5YO gelding Chautauqua (Encosta de Lago-Lovely Jubly, by Lion Hunter) scored by 1.5-lengths for the training triumvirate of John, Wayne and Michael Hawkes in the $200,000 Gr2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) for 3YO+, over 6YO gelding Flamberge (Exceed and Excel-Razor Blade, by Blazing Sword) & 3YO colt Furnaces (Exceed and Excel-Heat of the Fire, by Strategic). Chautauqua took his record to 7 wins (including the Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes, Gr2 Rubiton Stakes, Gr2 Gilgai Stakes, Gr3 Bobbie Lewis Handicap & Gr3 Hawkesbury Guineas) and 6 placings (including the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap, Gr1 Darley Classic & Listed Gosford Guineas) from 15 starts for $2,514,250 earnings. Bred by the Throsby family, who raced his dam Lovely Jubly, Chautauqua was passed in for $300,000 at the 2012 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale and was retained to race by his breeders in partnership with prominent owner Rupert Legh, whose blue and gold lightning bolt silks Chautauqua carried to victory. Chautauqua is the second stakes winner from Gr1 BRC Sires' Produce Stakes winner Lovely Jubly who has also produced Gr3 SAJC Breeders' Stakes winning filly London Lolly (Charge Forward).

Furnaces Wins Gr3 Kindergarten Stakes

Tuesday, 7th April 2015

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire Exceed And Excel (Danehill-Patrona, by Lomond) added a Group success when 2YO Godolphin colt Furnaces (Exceed and Excel-Heat of the Fire, by Strategic) scored by 0.5-length for trainer John O'Shea in the $200,000 Gr3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) for 2YOs, over 2YO filly Regatta Rebel (Redoute's Choice-Line Honours, by Hussonet) & fellow 2YO colt Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton). This was the first stakes victory for Furnaces who took his record to 2 wins and 2 placings (including the Gr2 Todman Stakes & Listed Lonhro Plate) from 5 starts for $324,550 earnings.

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Furnaces (image: Steve Hart)

Vancouver Steady Despite Poor Slipper Barrier

Friday, 20th March 2015

Even though he has drawn an extremely wide marble (18) for tomorrow's Gr1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, exciting 2YO colt Vancouver (Medaglia d'Oro-Skates, by Danehill) is still a strong $3 favourite with bookmakers. The Gai Waterhouse-trained juvenile remained undefeated after three starts when beating a high quality field with relative ease in the Gr2 Todman Stakes two weeks ago. The main protagonists in the Slipper market include: Vancouver ($3), Exosphere ($4), Headwater ($12), Ready For Victory ($13), Furnaces ($14), Haptic ($15), English ($17) & Lake Geneva ($18). Those looking for lottery-like returns will find four runners at 3-figure odds: Look To The Stars ($101), Serenade ($101), Racy ($151) & Heavenly Hand ($301).

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Vancouver is the Golden Slipper favourite (image: Steve Hart)

Golden Slipper: Final Field

Wednesday, 18th March 2015

The barrier draw has been conducted and the final field announced for Saturday's $3.5 million Gr1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens. The field is:  

1. VANCOUVER (Gai Waterhouse-Tommy Berry) 56.5kg (18)

2. HEADWATER (Team Hawkes-Glen Boss) 56.5kg (11)

3. FURNACES (John O'Shea-Hugh Bowman) 56.5kg (1)

4. HAPTIC (John O'Shea-James Doyle) 56.5kg (3)

5. EXOSPHERE (John O'Shea-James McDonald) 56.5kg (10)

6. READY FOR VICTORY (Mick Price-Nicholas Hall) 56.5kg (9)

7. ODYSSEY MOON (Rodney Northam-Ryan Moore) 56.5kg (13)

8. ENGLISH (Gai Waterhouse-Blake Shinn) 54.5kg (6)

9. REEMAH (David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-Kerrin McEvoy) 54.5kg (15)

10. SPEAK FONDLY (Gai Waterhouse-Damien Oliver) 54.5kg (12)

11. FIREWORKS (Gerald Ryan-Brenton Avdulla) 54.5kg (14)

12. HAYBAH (David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-Stephen Baster) 54.5kg (2)

13. OTTOMAN (John O'Shea-William Buick) 54.5kg (8)

14. LAKE GENEVA (Team Hawkes-Dwayne Dunn) 54.5kg (5)

15. SINGLE GAZE (Nick Olive-Ms Kathy O'Hara) 54.5kg (16)

16. LOOK TO THE STARS (Clarry Conners-Craig Williams) 54.5kg (19)

17e. SERENADE (Michael Moroney) 54.5kg (7)

18e. RACY (Gary Portelli) 54.5kg (4)

19e. HEAVENLY HAND (Gerald Ryan) 54.5kg (17)

Vancouver Wins Gr2 Todman Stakes

Monday, 9th March 2015

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Darley's multiple Gr1-winning shuttler Medaglia d'Oro (El Prado-Cappucino Bay, by Bailjumper) added a Group success when 2YO colt Vancouver (Medaglia d'Oro-Skates, by Danehill) scored an easy 3.3-length win for trainer Gai Waterhouse in the $300,000 Gr2 Todman Stakes (1200m) for 2YO c&g, over fellow 2YO colts Furnaces (Exceed and Excel-Heat of the Fire, by Strategic) & Headwater (Exceed and Excel-River Dove, by Hurricane Sky). This was a brilliant performance by Vancouver who is now a $2.80 favourite for the $3.5 million Gr1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on 21 March. "He is the most dominant colt in Australia," Gai Waterhouse told TVN. "He was scintillating the way he ate up his rivals today and I'm looking forward to him in the Golden Slipper." Vancouver, who was purchased by Waterhouse and James Harron Bloodstock for $185,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Coolmore Stud, took his record to 3 wins (including the Gr3 Canonbury Stakes & Listed Breeders' Plate) from 3 starts for $332,500 earnings. The beautifully bred colt is a half-brother to Gr1 winner Juste Momente (Giant's Causeway) and Listed winner Captain Coltish (Fusaichi Pegasus) from the Danehill mare Skates, a grey daughter of top-class racemare Skating. A winner of the Gr1 Doncaster Handicap and Gr1 Coolmore Classic, Skating (At Talaq) has gone on to be just as successful at stud producing Gr3 Skyline Stakes winner Murtajill, Canonbury Stakes winner Bradbury's Luck, and June Stakes winner Sunset Run.

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Vancouver (image: Steve Hart)

Exosphere Wins Gr2 Skyline Stakes

Monday, 2nd March 2015

At Warwick Farm in Sydney, former Champion Australian Sire & 11-time Gr1-winning Darley World Champion Miler Lonhro (Octagonal-Shadea, by Straight Strike) added a Group success when Godolphin's exciting 2YO colt Exosphere (Lonhro-Altitude, by Danzero) romped home by 4-lengths for trainer John O'Shea in the $175,000 Gr2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) for 2YO c&g, over fellow 2YO colts Odyssey Moon (Snitzel-Run to the Moon, by Arch) & Wolf Cry (Street Cry-Starfish, by Redoute's Choice). This was the first stakes victory for Exosphere who took his record to 2 wins from 3 starts for $124,950 earnings. Exosphere, who firmed dramatically for the Gr1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on 21 March following this brilliant win, will now go straight into the $3.5 million juvenile feature without another run. "He was always a very nice horse early doors. He trialled the same day as Furnaces and they both won by six lengths," O'Shea told TVN. "Furnaces won his debut race and this fellow just didn't have a good day at the races, so he's always been highly thought of by the team. It's good for Sheikh Mohammed to have a couple of nice Lonhro's coming through the grades."

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Exosphere (image: Steve Hart)

Haptic Wins Listed Lonhro Plate

Monday, 16th February 2015

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire Exceed And Excel (Danehill-Patrona, by Lomond) added a black-type success when 2YO Godolphin colt Haptic (Exceed and Excel-Troubeaut, by Beautiful Crown) scored by 0.8-length for trainer John O'Shea in the $125,000 Listed Lonhro Plate (1100m) for 2YOs, over fellow 2YO colt and stable-mate Furnaces (Exceed and Excel-Heat of the Fire, by Strategic) & 2YO colt Wolf Cry (Street Cry-Starfish, by Redoute's Choice). This was the first stakes victory for Haptic who took his record to 2 wins from 2 starts for $143,750 earnings. Godolphin head trainer John O'Shea said Haptic was likely to go straight into the Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on 21 March without another run. "That is him, he is a real runner and did a good job today," O'Shea told TVN. "Furnaces didn't learn much in his trial the other day, he is a horse who will keep improving with racing. He will go towards the Todman Stakes and then hopefully on to the Slipper." He added, "Haptic probably doesn't need to have another run, he is a horse who likes time between runs. We could just trial him and go straight to the Slipper."

199 Second Acceptors For Blue Diamond

Thursday, 8th January 2015

The owners and trainers of 199 two-year-olds have paid the second acceptance fee for the $1 million Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on 28 February, reports racingandsports.com.au. Among the top juveniles still in contention are boom filly Fontiton from the Robert Smerdon yard, Ottomon from the powerful Godolphin outfit, and Mick Price's impressive debut winner Secret Agenda. Some of the notable omissions include the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Paceman, Team Hawkes' impressive Moonee Valley winner Headwater, and the Godolphin-owned Furnaces, who cruised to a six-length win on debut at Rosehill last year. The stable most represented is the Lindsay Park yard of David Hayes and Tom Dabernig with 18 second acceptors, followed by Mick Price with 16 and Godolphin with 14. Not a Single Doubt is the best represented stallion with 15 of his progeny entered, followed by Lonhro with 12 and Exceed And Excel with 11. Third declarations close at noon on 27 January, followed by late entries on 23 February and final declarations 24 February. Click here to view full list of second acceptors.

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