Aquis stallions return to QLD

Justin Fung announces 2020 NSW stallion roster will stand in QLD this year and 2021 fees set

Pierata winning the Redzel Stakes
Pierata winning the Redzel Stakes Picture: Racing and Sports

Aquis Farm President, Justin Fung, announced that Pierata (Pierro), together with Aquis' full 2020 New South Wales stallion roster, will be based in Queensland this year. 

"Pierata was one of the most exciting first season stallions to stand at stud in the Hunter Valley last year. He covered an astonishing 168 mares, of which 65 were stakes performers, including Loving Gaby," Mr Fung said.

"It is only fitting that he, and the rest of our stallions, find their way to our historical home at Canungra.

"We have always had confidence in the Queensland breeding and racing industry, the QTIS prizemoney and the strength of the racing calendar dictated that we have a bigger presence in Queensland."

Mr Fung said the Queensland breeding team would be headed up by Director of Sales, Jonathan Davies.

"Jonathan has built a strong team around him that is the backbone of this operation. I am immensely proud of what he and his team have been able to achieve," he said.

"Good fertility results and excellent horsemanship are a testament to how knowledgeable and dedicated they are to the Aquis philosophy of 'Success is achieved by teamwork, innovation and supporting their clients and the industry at all levels'."

The Aquis Farm brand was initially established in Queensland in 2015 following the acquisition of a 480-hectare facility at Canungra on the Gold Coast hinterland.

After standing four stallions in its debut season in 2016 the company has gone on to build one of the largest rosters in the southern hemisphere and enjoyed strong patronage from breeders across Australia.

In 2021, Aquis Farm's roster will be headlined by Pierata, who made the move to Canungra from the Hunter Valley and will stand at a service fee of $44,000 (incl. GST). On the track, Piereta won over $5,800,000 in prizemoney winning the All Aged Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) at Royal Randwick as a four-year-old.

The roster also includes Invader (Snitzel) who has covered great books of mares in his first three years at stud.

Mr Fung said his progeny had been well received by trainers and bloodstock agents at the major sales this year and the initial feedback from breakers with his stock was very encouraging.

"We are confident that feedback will correlate into racetrack success in the coming racing season," he said.

Spieth (Thorn Park), another of our first season stallions with progeny selling this year, has been well received by buyers, averaging $118,000 at this month's Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale. Spieth will stand in 2021 for a fee of $8,800 (inc GST). He is leaving a good physical type with a good temperament that trainers love, he is a very exciting prospect going forward.

Bellevue Hill (Pierro), Brave Smash (Tosen Phantom), Divine Prophet (Choisir), Jukebox (Snitzel) and Santos (Fastnet Rock)will be the other stallions calling Queensland home, they will be barn mates to Dubious (Not A Single Doubt), who was the busiest first season sire in Queensland last year and champion two-year-old The Mission (Choisir), Husson (Hussonet), Duporth (Red Ransom) Kobayashi (I Am Invincible), Kiss And Make Up (More Than Ready) and Performer (Exceed And Excel).

As part of this announcement, Aquis have also confirmed their 2021 stallion fees; 

Stallion Name Standing at  2021 Fee - $
(inc GST) (2020 fee)
Pierata Canungra, Qld              44,000 (unchanged) 
Invader Canungra, Qld              22,000 (unchanged)
Brave Smash (JPN) Canungra, Qld              16,500 (19,250)
Divine Prophet Canungra, Qld              16,500 (22,000)
Dubious Canungra, Qld              13,200 (unchanged)
Santos Canungra, Qld              13,200 (unchanged)
Jukebox Canungra, Qld                8,800 (unchanged)
Kiss And Make Up Canungra, Qld                8,800 (unchanged)
Spieth (NZ) Canungra, Qld                8,800 (11,000)
The Mission Canungra, Qld                8,800 (unchanged)
Bellevue Hill Canungra, Qld                6,600 (11,000)
Performer Canungra, Qld                6,600 (unchanged)
Duporth Canungra, Qld                4,400 (unchanged)
Husson (ARG) Canungra, Qld                4,400 (5,500)
Kobayashi Canungra, Qld                3,300 (unchanged)

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