First Stakes Winner for Benfica
Mark Smith - Sunday, 5 March 2017

Aquis Farm's new recruit Benfica sired his first stakes winner when Godolphin's highly promising three-year-old Eusebio scored a runaway win in Sunday's Listed XXXX Gold Canberra Guineas (1400m).

Threading between runners under an inspired Tommy Berry ride, Eusebio made it three wins on the trot with a two length win over Ebenos (I Am Invincible) with the winners stablemate Bryneich (Lonhro) back in third.

 "The team at home worked very hard to get him to relax and get him here today in great order, winning trainer John O'Shea said.

"When he (Berry) made a commitment to go he must have seen a little needle eye opening and let him rip.

"We will get him home and see how he pulls up before we make a commitment on where he goes next.

"For us this is a very important meeting. To come down and get a wonderful surface as this, the club need to be commended for putting on a day like this."

A half-brother to Group II Pago Pago Stakes winner Deferential (Royal Academy), Eusebio is the penultimate foal of the Quest For Fame mare Talent Time who is a half-sister to Group II Silver Shadow Stakes winner Katima.

Talent Time was pensioned in 2015. Her final foal is a 2yo sister to Eusebio named Nene.

Eusebio comes from the first crop of former Darley resident Benfica a Group I winning two-year-old by champion racehorse and sire Lonhro.

Benfica (pictured ) is a brother to the dam of Godolphin's smart stakes winner Veranillo from the family of Group I winners Neroli and Riverina Charm.

He covered 88 mares at Aquis Stud last season at a fee of $4,400. 

Race 5 - XXXX Gold Canberra Guineas
Listed - 1400m

Class: Open. Track: Good(4). Time: 1:24.25. Sectional Time: 0:34.43 at 600m.
Prizemoney: $130,000 - 1st: $75,000 2nd: $25,000 3rd: $12,500.
 1   Eusebio T: J A O'Shea J: Tommy Berry
3g   Benfica x Talent Time (Quest For Fame (GB) )
Not Offered
 2 2.0 Ebenos T: P and P Snowden J: B Shinn

3g   I Am Invincible x Pure Ebony (Genuine (JPN) )
 Lot 329 2015 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale Summer Book
Vendor - Yarraman Park Stud, Scone
Buyer - G Waterhouse  $300,000
 3 2.8 Bryneich T: J A O'Shea J: B Avdulla

3c   Lonhro x Bernicia (Elusive Quality (USA) )
Not Offered
 4 3.6 Extra Olives T: Lee and Anthony Freedman J: C W Brown
3f   Redoute's Choice x Line Honours (Hussonet (USA) )
 5 4.6 Poet's Advocate T: S I Singleton J: Ms J Taylor
3g   Poet's Voice (GB) x Roseville (Yallah Prince )
 6 4.7 Show 'em (NZ) T: M J Freedman J: J Parr
3g   Showcasing (GB) x Silkwood (NZ) (Grosvenor (NZ) )
 7 5.1 Sedanzer T: G Waterhouse and A Bott J: A Hyeronimus
3f   Sebring x Voltdanze (Danzero )
 8 5.8 Didnt Even Kiss Me T: S Spackman J: J Ford
3f   Murtajill x Homerette (USA) (Grand Slam (USA) )
 9 5.9 Motime T: G P Vella J: R Bensley
3g   Uncle Mo (USA) x My Thousand (Foreplay )
 10 6.3 Catch The Culprit T: J M Cleary J: C Reith
3g   Wanted x Jewel Theft (Jade Robbery (USA) )
 11 7.1 Garbhan T: Mitch Newman J: K McEvoy
3g   Casino Prince x Skibo Castle (Carnegie (IRE) )
 12 10.1 Zardalu T: D P Blundell and Ms M Russell J: M Heagney
3g   New Approach (IRE) x Wild Iris (Spectrum (IRE) )
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