Aquis Ahead in Tassie

Trainer Lloyd Kennewell and Group 1 Bloodstock’s Mathew Becker (FBAA) teamed up to acquire another outstanding yearling for Aquis Farm at the Tasmanian Magic Millions Sale on Monday.

They bid $85,000 for a first-crop colt by Vinery sire Headwater from Grenville Stud.  It was only a fraction of the $1.70 million the pair paid on behalf of Aquis Farm for the I Am Invincible colt that topped the Gold Coast Magic Millions last month but the organisation’s chief executive Shane McGrath was happy to support their judgement in Launceston.

“We had a good look through the catalogue and the Headwater colt was Lloyd’s pick down there,” McGrath said.  “We race his older half-sister Kylease (Choisir) who won at Gosford last week.”

Kennewell and Becker have covered all the bases on the sale circuit this year.  Among their buys at the Inglis Sydney Classic Sale was another I Am Invincible colt for $375,000 and they travelled west to purchase a Rubick colt for $100,000 at the Perth Magic Millions.

The new alliance between Randwick Bloodstock’s Brett Howard and Star Thoroughbreds founder Denise Martin continued in Tasmania with fillies by Nicconi ($80,000) and Squamosa ($20,000).  They had topped Day 1 of the Inglis Classic Sale with fillies by champion sire I Am Invincible from Limbo Down ($330,000) and Runs Deep ($300,000).

Belmont Bloodstock’s Damon Gabbedy was the other FBAA member to sign up for a filly in Launceston.  He paid $50,000 for a Fighting Sun half-sister to Brisbane winner The Mechanic on behalf of Perth trainer Simon Miller.

Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia (FBAA) was formed in 1988 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.