Julian Blaxland’s Blue Sky Bloodstock (FBAA) has purchased 6 yearlings for $2.08 million on behalf of Aquis Farm during Book 1 of the Keeneland yearling sale.
The shopping list comprised colts by Galileo ($500k), Kitten's Joy ($450k), Street Cry ($385k), Uncle Mo ($320k), War Front (250k) and Giant's Causeway ($180k).
The Street Cry is a half-brother G1 Belmont Stakes winner Creator (Tapit) and the War Front is from G1 Churchill Downs winner Sassy Image (Broken Vow).
Aquis Farm was purchased by Hong Kong billionaire Tony Fung in January 2015. It formerly operated as Wadham Park under the Patinack banner and sits on 447 hectares at Canungra in the Gold Coast hinterland.
Aquis Farm CEO Justin Fung said the Keeneland yearlings would remain in the USA to race and, if successful, would eventually join the roster at Aquis Farm. “We want the best horses, and we will go around the world to get them,” Fung said. “Keeneland was one of our destinations. It’s quite spectacular, not just in terms of numbers but quality.”
Its inaugural line-up this year is Holy Roman Emperor (Ire), Domesday, Spill The Beans and Benfica.
Blaxland has been a regular visitor to Keeneland and was excited to be back and bidding at North America’s premier yearling sale. “Aquis Farm has a truly international vision and it's certainly exciting to be a very small part of where they're heading.
“Tony and Justin Fung are passionate about racing and with the industry being such a global one these days it makes sense to be active buying the best stock, at the best sales in the world, to add to their bloodstock portfolio.”
Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia (FBAA) was formed in 1998 to maintain, improve and develop the standards, status and services of bloodstock agents throughout Australia. Its members operate with the utmost integrity and professionalism and are bound by the strict Industry Code of Conduct.