Aquis partner up with Australian Bloodstock to race Graff

Graff has been acquired to race in partnership with Australian Bloodstock.

GRAFF. Picture: (Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images

Group 3-winning sprinter Graff (Star Witness) has been acquired to race in partnership with Australian Bloodstock and will retire to Aquis Farm at the end of his racing career. 

The son of Star Witness (Starcraft) was unbeaten at two and opened his account as a three-year-old in the San Domenico Stakes (Gr 3, 1100m), which has seen him earn $1,101,560 in career prize-money. 

The colt also finished runner-up behind Aquis stallion Lean Mean Machine (Zoustar) in the Run To The Rose (Gr 2, 1200m), before finishing third behind the Autumn Sun (Redoute's Choice) in the Golden Rose (Gr 1, 1400m) and also finished fifth in the 2018 Everest (1200m), the first three-year-old over the line. 

The Kris Lees-trained colt also finished fourth in both the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (Gr 1, 1000m) and Newmarket Handicap (Gr 1, 1200m). 

"Having partnered with Australian Bloodstock in dual Group 1 winner Brave Smash, who covered an outstanding first book of mares last season, we're excited about joining forces to race the very talented sprinter Graff," said Aquis managing director Shane McGrath.

Meanwhile, Australian Bloodstock's Jamie Lovett said: "We were delighted to secure Graff recently with the backing of some of our most loyal clients and breeders. He is a proven Group 1 horse and we are confident that he will retire a Group 1 winner.

"He will be sought after by breeders when he retires, and we were very keen to have Aquis involved in partnership from the outset, as we have seen first-hand the support Aquis have attracted for our Group 1 Sprinter in Brave Smash."

Purchased by former owner Alan Bell for $200,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Graff is out of the Group 3 winner Dinkum Diamond (Keep The Faith), herself a daughter of the Group 3 winner Raja Lane (Devaraja), who also produced Aquis-owned The Rosebud (Listed, 1100m) winner Dawn Passage (Dawn Approach).

"As an unbeaten two-year-old, an explosive Group 3 winner and multiple Group 1-placed sprinter, the future prospects for Graff are very exciting, not just on the track as he targets Group 1 races, but also when he retires to stud," stated McGrath.

This season Graff is likely to be aimed at The Galaxy (Gr 1, 1100m) first-up on March 21 at Rosehill.

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