The highly rated Todman Stakes winner Kiss And Make Up will join the stallion roster at Queensland’s Aquis Farm in a deal brokered by Blue Sky Bloodstock’s Julian Blaxland.
The Gai Waterhouse trained colt was the only juvenile to conquer and defeat Australian Champion 2yo Capitalist when winning the time honoured Group 2 at Randwick by 2.3L in the lead up to this year’s Golden Slipper.
Kiss And Make Up – a January Magic Millions sales graduate, bred and offered by John Singleton’s Strawberry Hill Stud was purchased as a yearling by Waterhouse in 2015. A blueblood in every respect, being by Champion 2yo sire More Than Ready (Sebring, More Joyous, Phelan Ready etc.) from the Waterhouse trained Australian Champion 2yo Filly Fashion’s Afield (Redoute’s Choice), a winner of the Gr.1 ATC Sires Produce at Two and the Gr.1 Flight Stakes at Three, and runner up in the Gr.1 Golden Slipper to Stratum.
Queensland’s Aquis Farm, owned by Hong Kong based Tony Fung, commenced operations at their Canungra base in 2016, standing stallions Holy Roman Emperor, Domesday, Benfica and this year’s Gr.2 Queensland Guineas winner Spill The Beans (Snitzel). “My father and our family are totally committed to establishing Aquis Farm as one of Australia's leading stallion farms and we think we are demonstrating that in securing for 2017 and beyond the only 2yo that ever beat the Golden Slipper winner Capitalist and the third highest rated Two-Year-Old old of his generation” commented Justin Fung of Aquis Farm.
Kiss And Make Up will be immediately retired due to a knee injury and be allowed to let down to commence stud duties in 2017 as a wonderful addition to the Queensland stallion ranks. A winner of two of his three career starts, the colt shifting a shoe in the early part of the 2016 Gr.1 Golden Slipper.
Kiss And Make Up joins the illustrious list of commercial stallions to have walked out of the gates of the famed Tulloch Lodge now operated in a training partnership between Hall of Fame trainer Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott. In recent years, stable stars Vancouver, Pierro, Sebring and Northern Meteor (to name but a few) have become some of the biggest names in breeding and racing and with the support of Aquis Farm’s quality broodmare band and Queensland and interstate breeders, Kiss And Make Up will get every chance to emulate the feats of these aforementioned stallions. Notably Strawberry Hill Stud, Gai Waterhouse and the colt’s racing ownership group have retained breeding nominations in order to support the horse at Aquis Farm.
Gai Waterhouse on Kiss And Make Up – “Kiss And Make Up in his short career showed such brilliance in speed. He has a perfect colt’s temperament, he is good natured, intelligent, easy to work with and he has a wonderfully competitive spirit. I wish Aquis every success and I look forward to purchasing his progeny.”
Adrian Bott – “A brilliant 2yo, with natural speed, a great physical presence and a huge turn of foot”
On his win in the Todman Stakes – Gary Crisp (Timeform) “Kiss And Make Up led throughout at a solid tempo to win the Todman Stakes and in the process breaking the heart of impressive Magic Millions winner Capitalist – the most pleasing part of the win was the last 200m where the winner was still powering clear of his rivals after reeling off even sectional splits...running to a Timeform rating of 120p”
Kerrin McEvoy – “A striking colt who dominated the Todman Stakes, he showed a great turn of foot once asked - to beat a Golden Slipper winner convincingly”