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Major pay day beckons after Ritchie success

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Written by Paul Vettise

A significant investment earlier this year by Aquis Farm could be ready to mature in a couple of weeks.

At Inglis’ Chairman’s Sale Racing Prospects Sale in April, they went to $1 million with Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott Racing to secure Siege Of Quebec (Fastnet Rock).

“Obviously, we’ve got quite a few horses with Gai and she recommended him as a horse that hadn’t reached his mark yet and she got a few others involved as well,” Aquis Chief Executive Officer Shane McGrath said. “He’s a lovely looking horse with a massive pedigree.”

New ownership group

In the new ownership which also includes Sir Patrick and Justine Lady Hogan, the 4-year-old started brightly enough with a runner-up finish in the G3 Show County Quality before he the tailed the field home in the G2 Theo Marks S.

“He just didn’t handle the heavy track, he needs a dry track,” McGrath said.

A week in racing can be a long time and on a decent surface at Randwick on Saturday Siege Of Quebec bounced back impressively when he lowered the colours of the favourite Pierata (Pierro) in the G3 Bill Ritchie H.

That effort under rider Tim Clark has the horse firmly back on track for the $1 million TAB Epsom H., on September 29.

“He looked good and he’ll head into the Epsom with a light weight.” – Shane McGrath.

“He looked good and he’ll head into the Epsom with a light weight,” McGrath said. “He’s just about done enough to be on the Aquis roster and he cemented that on Saturday.”

Pedigree Notes

A $1.2 million Inglis Sydney Easter Yearling Sale graduate, Siege Of Quebec is a brother to the G3 Manfred S., and G1 Golden Rose S., placegetter Bull Point.

Their mother Rose Of Cimmaron (Bite The Bullet {USA}) is a sister to Mica’s Pride, the dam in turn of the multiple Group 1 winner Criterion (Sebring) and the G1 Doomben Cup winner Comin’ Through (Fastnet Rock).

Siege Of Quebec was a $1.2 million yearling