There's good value, great value, and then there’s Domesday!
Tara Madgwick - Thursday, 6 July 2017
Standing at the affordable fee of $8,800, Aquis Farm's Domesday has been making news for all the right reasons this season with a sensational Group I winner now destined to further his career in Hong Kong, a flurry of new stakes horses and an up and coming colt with the racing world at his feet.



The Ciaron Maher trained Domesday colt Ruthven produced one of the standout performances of the Brisbane Winter Carnival when bolting away to win the Group I BRC Queensland Derby by nearly four lengths.

Ruthven wins the DerbyFourth in the Group I ATC Australian Derby and second in the Group I SAJC South Australian Derby, Ruthven has put himself right up there in the top bracket of three year-old stayers this season with three wins and five seconds from just 10 starts netting $763,900 in prizemoney.

His efforts attracted the attention of renowned Hong Kong bloodstock agent George Moore, who is always on the lookout for top class prospects to join the Hong Kong stable of his father John.

Moore secured Ruthven privately for owner Albert Hung, for whom Moore purchased this year's Hong Kong Derby winner Rapper Dragon.

The new connections will be hoping Ruthven will continue his hot Derby form of this year into his new career in Hong Kong with the rich Group I Hong Kong Derby (2000m) in March next year his primary target.

Ruthven has been one of four Australian stakes-winners this season for Domesday, who has also sired Five to Midnight to win in stakes company in New Zealand.

His other Australian stakes-winners Daysee Doom, Heart Starter and Oregon's Day have all been successful in Group III races and have won their owners a truckload of prizemoney as well as Black Type.

From just eight starts, three year-old Oregon's Day has won over $250,000, while four year-old Heart Starter has won over $360,000.

Daysee DoomThe Ron Quinton trained Daysee Doom raced only in the best mares company during the Sydney Autumn Carnival gaining numerous Group placings before closing out her campaign with a well-deserved win in the Group III Dark Jewel Classic at Scone.

With six wins from 12 starts and prizemoney topping $420,000, lightly raced Daysee Doom looms as one of the brightest prospects in the older mares division for the season ahead.

Stakes horses aside, Domesday also has that star on the rise in Royal Symphony, who made racing fans sit up and take notice when he blitzed his rivals last month to win at Flemington.

"It's hard to get excited in June, its cold, but I feel pretty warm at the moment; that was explosive," said his trainer Tony McEvoy, who believes the colt has untapped potential.

"To accelerate from the back of the field and put his rivals away quickly in the straight like that was something special.

"That's what a lot of horses lack - the race was over in 100 metres so that's exciting,

"He could go all the way. I would go as far as to say Hey Doc couldn't do that at that stage of his career and he went on to win the Australian Guineas."

Unbeaten Royal Symphony has also been the subject of considerable interest from Hong Kong, but to this point his owners are keen to reap the rewards of Australian racing.

Completely free of Danzig blood, Domesday is a quality sire that consistently delivers a great outcome for breeders looking to produce serious horses.

  • Two thirds of his SW are GW including 3 Gr1 winners
  • Group winners from 1000m – 2400m
  • 33 Black type performers (12 of those have been 2YO black-type performers)
  • Joint Leading QLD sire by SW (along with Husson) for 2017

Savvy breeders can use Domesday as their second nomination to be eligible for the first season stallion Aquis Farm $200,000 breeder bonus schemes. The first nomination must be for Kiss And Make Up, Divine Prophet or Furnaces.

To breed your mare to Domesday contact our Sales Team at sales@aquisfarm.comor on (07) 5543 4732 and watch this video to see why this will be the best $8,800 you spend.
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