Aquis Farm has continued its large scale investment in Australian racing and breeding by securing three-year-old Our Girl Raquie (Fastnet Rock), a filly who is out of a three-quarter sister to Redoute’s Choice (Danehill), for $500,000 at the Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale yesterday.
In conjunction with Blue Sky Bloodstock, Aquis Farm purchased the top-priced lot on Tuesday to support their growing stallion roster at their Queensland property.
Catalogued as Lot 162, the Teeley Assets-consigned unraced three-year-old filly is a granddaughter of Shantha’s Choice (Canny Lad), the dam of champion stallion Redoute’s Choice (Danehill) and Group One-winning sire Manhattan Rain (Encosta De Lago).
“It is a family that is obviously hard to get into, and interestingly, we bought a weanling at Keeneland last year out of the family that will be raced over there in the US by Aquis.
“Our Girl Raquie is a super physical and we hope she can be a blue hen for the farm,” Blue Sky Bloodstock’s Julian Blaxland told ANZ Bloodstock News.
“If you look at that family, and we hope she is worth every penny one day, that is what it costs to get them. I thought ($500,000) was around the mark for her.”
Blue Sky Bloodstock and Aquis Farm paid US$525,000 at last year’s Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale for a then weanling filly by Medaglia d’Oro (El Prado) out of Taste Of Heaven (Encosta De Lago), a winning daughter of Shantha’s Choice.
Our Girl Raquie’s dam, the unraced Ten Carat Rock (Rock Of Gibraltar) is a three-quarter sister to Redoute’s Choice and Spring Champion Stakes (Gr 1, 2000m) winner Platinum Scissors and a sister to Group Three winner Sliding Cube.
Sliding Cube, who won the San Domenico Stakes (Gr 3, 1000m), is the dam of Schillaci Stakes (Gr 2, 1000m) winner and Coolmore Stud sire Rubick (Encosta De Lago). Ten Carat Rock is also a half-sister to Group One-placed Listed winner Echoes Of Heaven (Encosta De Lago).
Our Girl Raquie, who was unplaced in two barrier trials earlier this year for co-trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, is Ten Carat Rock’s first foal with her second, a two-year-old sister called Lady Cartier, is in training with Brent Stanley in Victoria.
Ten Carat Rock was sold by Teeley Assets at the 2014 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale for $750,000 to Newgate Farm.
Aquis Farm and Blue Sky Bloodstock combined yesterday to buy 11 lots during the Select Broodmare Session for $1,312,000.
Their other purchases included Lot 234, Bound To Blush (Strategic) for $200,000.
Runner up in the Glenlogan Park Stakes (registered as Moreton Stakes) (Gr 3, 1350m), Bound To Blush won four races and was placed at stakes level five times before being retired to stud.
Sold in foal to Artie Schiller (El Prado), the sire of Group One winner Flying Artie, the Gooree Park Stud-consigned Bound To Blush has an unraced two-year-old filly by Medaglia d’Oro, a yearling colt and a weanling filly both by Smart Missile (Fastnet Rock).
Her second dam is the unraced Run For Roses, a sister to the Group One-winning sire Keeper as well as the stakes-placed pair Downing Street and Little Chloe. This is also the family of the multiple Group One winner Metal Bender (Danasinga).
Blaxland said Bound To Blush would be covered by Newgate Farm first crop stallion Extreme Choice (Not A Single Doubt) this season, a horse Aquis Farm part-owns.
“Artie Schiller is a great proven stallion and has already got sire son Flying Artie (at Newgate Farm) and Bound To Blush is pencilled in to go to Extreme Choice, which is exciting,” he said.
“Aquis Farm bought into Extreme Choice fairly early, along with Newgate Farm, and they are keen to support him with some nice mares this year.”
The Aquis Farm-Blue Sky Bloodstock partnership also purchased two mares from Godolphin’s draft, Lot 259, city-winning Lonhro (Octaganal) mare Cleanse for $110,000 and Lot 263, Coins (Hard Spun) for $160,000.
Cleanse is out of Encosta De Lago (Fairy King) mare Clean. Clean is a half-sister to Rubiton Stakes (Gr 3, 1100m) winner and Group One placed Intelligent Star (Picknicker) and Group Three winner Blaze The Turf (Blazing Sword). Cleanse, the dam of an Exceed And Excel colt born last year, was sold in foal to Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible).
The Group Three-placed winning mare Coins (above), who is out of an unraced half-sister to French Listed winner Time Changes (Danzig), was sold in foal to Reset (Zabeel). The dam of a Bernardini (A P Indy) yearling colt and Lonhro (Octagonal) weanling colt, Coins is one of six winners for her dam Monetary.
“I would imagine the majority of mares bought today will be to support the Queensland stallions, of which Aquis Farm has four new ones for 2017,” Blaxland said.
“Aquis also has interests in Extreme Choice and Xtravagant and they will also commercially breed to Hunter Valley stallions.”
Blaxland said he and Aquis Farm would be active on Day Two of the Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale.
“It is a good market at the moment, and there is the (Magic Millions) Gold Coast sale coming up, but is Aquis has been active at the Inglis sale and is hopeful of acquiring some more mares before the start of the new season,” he said.
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