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Hallmark Stud Double at Rotorua
12 Apr 2017

Kicking off in the third race of the day, the Sweynesse Maiden over 1230m, two-year-old Snitzel colt Aquilo (pictured) made an impressive winning debut for Te Akua Racing.

Sold by Hallmark Stud for $200,000 at the New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale to David Ellis’ Te Akau Racing, Aquilo is a half-brother to Group One winning juvenile Marky Mark, and the colt's ability to handle wet ground provides some forthcoming black-type options.

Ridden by Opie Bosson, Aquilo was always prominent and had a head to spare at the finish over Ottavio, a son of Makfi that had looked useful at his previous two race day outings.

"Aquilo's done some nice work on wet tracks at home and there was a bit of a wrap on the second horse, so it looks a good result," said Stephen Autridge post-race.

"It looks like we've found a good wet tracker and there is a Listed race or two coming, so we will certainly have a look at the options."

The very next race saw victory for three-year-old Makfi filly Sapphire Blue who was born and raised at the farm for loyal, long term clients the Eagle Family.

Also making her debut, the filly started well in the market for trainer Ralph Manning behind race favourite Culzean.

Ridden by Alysha Collet, the filly settled in the second half of the field with the favourite taking up the running on the heavy track conditions.

Coming wide before the turn, Collet was closest to the outside rail as she charged to the lead for a very impressive length and three quarter victory.

Both winners appear to have bright futures, displaying plenty of ability of the wet track conditions at their debut runs.