09/16/2016 1:16PM

Aussies Aquis Farm go on spree at first September sale

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Aquis Farm of Australia made its first trip to the Keeneland September yearling sale a productive one, with six purchases totaling $2.09 million in Book 1.

The highest-profile purchase by Aquis was a $385,000 colt from the final crop of Street Cry who is a half-brother to this year’s Belmont Stakes winner, Creator. In addition to siring standouts such as 2010 Horse of the Year and Hall of Famer Zenyatta and 2007 Kentucky Derby winner and champion Street Sense, Street Cry was a popular shuttle sire in Australia.

His top progeny in the Southern Hemisphere include Melbourne Cup winner Shocking, Cox Plate winner Winx, and Caulfield Guineas winners Whobegotyou and Long John.

“We want the best horses, and we’ll go around the world to get them,” said Aquis chief executive Justin Fung, who attended the sale with Australian bloodstock agent Julian Blaxland of Bluesky Bloodstock. “With Keeneland being the great sale that it is, this was one of our destinations. It is quite spectacular, not just in terms of numbers but quality. We were really excited to get here.”

In addition to the Street Cry colt, Aquis and Bluesky purchased a $500,000 colt by international titan Galileo who is a half-brother to champion Halfbridled; a $450,000 Kitten’s Joy colt; a $320,000 colt by leading young sire Uncle Mo; a $250,000 War Front colt out of Grade 1 winner Sassy Image; and a $180,000 colt by Giant’s Causeway from the family of Group 1 winner Lush Lashes. The Kitten’s Joy colt was landed in partnership with Stonestreet Farm, which has expanded its international participation in recent years.

Fung’s father, Tony, is a longtime member of the Hong Kong Jockey Club. The Fung family has developed Aquis, a nearly 2,000-acre farm in Queensland, into a full-service Thoroughbred breeding and racing operation. The farm stands four stallions, including shuttle stallion Holy Roman Emperor.

The operation is continuing to expand internationally. Justin Fung said the September sale purchases might remain in the U.S. to race and eventually could join the Aquis stallion roster.