Aquis Farm presents new trio for 2019

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Santos joins Brave Smash (Jpn) and Aclaim (Ire) as the new faces on Aquis Farm's roster in 2019, with a fourth, Pierata, also likely to become an exciting new addition.

Aquis Farm has added three new faces, and pending a fourth, as part of its 13-stallion offering for 2019 with Brave Smash (Jpn) and Santos to join its Hunter Valley roster and Aclaim (Ire) heading the list at Canungra in Queensland. Pierata is also likely to join the lineup.

Brave Smash (Tosen Phantom {Jpn}), the dual Group 1 winning sprinter, will stand his first season at $22,000 (inc GST), while Santos, the Group 2 winning son of I Am Invincible, will open his career at $16,500 (inc GST). Aclaim (Acclamation {GB}), the winner of the G1 Prix de la Foret in France, stands at $13,750 (inc GST).

“In consultation with breeders, we have selected three new stallions for 2019 who we feel meet the stringent criteria breeders look for in Australia - exceptional ability, juvenile precocity and speed,” Aquis Group CEO Shane McGrath said.

Aquis also confirmed that it has entered a Heads Of Agreement with the owners of Group 1 winner Pierata (Pierro), with confirmation of his place on the roster as well as his fee to come providing he passes veterinary inspections and the appropriate paperwork is completed.

Aquis Farm bought into Brave Smash after his win in last year's G1 Manikato S., doing a deal with Australian Bloodstock, who had initially purchased him out of Japan, where he was a stakes-winner, with a view to running him in the inaugural edition of The Everest.

Watch: Brave Smash winning the G1 Manikato S.

Having won a Listed race at Moonee Valley at his second Australian start, he would go on to run third in The Everest, beaten just a length.

The son of Tosen Phantom (Jpn) returned in the autumn of 2018 to secure his first Group 1 win in the Futurity S. at Caulfield, while running Group 1 placings in the CF Orr S. and Newmarket Hcp.

His spring campaign of 2018 was highlighted by his win in the G1 Manikato, where he ran a faster time in winning the race than previous winners Chautauqua, Lankan Rupee, Buffering, Sepoy, Hay List and Redoute’s Choice.

Returning this autumn, he was again placed in a G1 Newmarket Hcp before rounding out his career in the G1 Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai last month.

Santos fits the bill

Aquis Farm said it was keen to secure a son of I Am Invincible for its burgeoning operation and the precocious Santos fits the bill.

A winner of the Pierro Plate at his third start, Santos then followed in the footsteps of successful stallions such Hinchinbrook, Casino Prince, Snitzel, Choisir, Viscount and Strategic by winning the G2 Skyline S.

Santos

"Completely free of Danehill blood, Santos has the outstanding looks, natural speed and all qualities that are hallmarks of his famous sire I Am Invincible, factors which will surely appeal to broodmare owners this spring," Aquis said in a statement.

"Santos has the outstanding looks, natural speed and all qualities that are hallmarks of his famous sire I Am Invincible." - Aquis

Group 1 winning son of Snitzel, Invader, tops the Aquis list in terms of price at an unchanged $27,500 (inc GST) from his first season where he served 156 mares.

G1 Caulfield Guineas winner Divine Prophet, the son of Choisir, begins his third season at an unchanged $22,000 (in GST), with his first yearlings to hit the sales ring in 2020. Buyers will get their chance to assess his first crop at the upcoming weanling sales, with four catalogued at the Inglis Australian Sale in Sydney and 11 at Magic Millions National Sale on the Gold Coast.

Also in the Hunter Valley are Spieth (NZ) and Jukebox, who will serve their second seasons at unchanged fees of $16,500 (inc GST) and $11,000 (inc GST) respectively.

Aclaim headlines Canungra list

Aclaim, who as well as winning his Group 1 in France, was twice a Group 2 winner in England, is serving his second season at The English National Stud.

He joins the Canungra roster as part of a partnership between Aquis and Phoenix Thoroughbreds.

Aclaim

Alongside of him will be The Mission, who served 104 mares in his first season and remains at $13,200 (inc GST).

Domesday remains at $9900 (inc GST), with the Aquis owned Extra Brut becoming his fifth Group 1 winner earlier this season with his success in the Victoria Derby, one of three stakes-winners for the sire this season so far.

There is also Kiss And Make Up at $11,000 (inc GST) in his third season, Spill The Beans ($11,000 inc GST), whose first crop hits the racetrack in 2019/20, Kobayashi, who served his second season at $4400 (inc GST) and Husson (Arg) at $9,900 (inc GST).

Aquis also confirmed it had purchased the G2 Roman Consul S. winner Sesar (Sebring) outright from Proven Thoroughbreds.

The promising 3-year-old looks a long-term stallion prospect but will first be aimed towards the spring, where his main aim will be heading towards the inaugural $7.5m Golden Eagle at Rosehill in November.

He will join the John, Michael and Wayne Hawkes stable from Steven O'Dea and now race in the Aquis colours.