Aquis’ decision to purchase a share in exciting Domesday colt Extra Brut has paid big dividends with the three year-old powering to the line to score a stylish victory in the $2million Group I VRC Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington on Saturday (Nov 3).
Prepared by Darren Weir, Extra Brut reeled off three successive wins following a debut second at Geelong in August culminating with a big win in the Listed VRC UCI Stakes over 1800 metres on October 6.
Only sixth in the Group III MRC Caulfield Classic at his last start behind Derby favourite Think’ Big as favourite, Extra Brut was not happy on the soft ground that day but reverted to his previous form in the Derby.
Aquis Farm CEO Shane McGrath said the win was unbelievable.
“That’s what dreams are made of for us,” he said.
Aquis already has Extra Brut’s sire Domesday on its stallion roster.
“Domesday is an incredibly popular, proven sire, and securing his best son gives us plenty of options after the spring,” Aquis chief executive Shane McGrath said.
“The deal highlights our backing of Domesday who has had outstanding results on the track.”
Extra Brut is @DKWeirRacing‘s first ever AAMI Victoria Derby horse! Incredible.
— 7HorseRacing 🐎 (@7horseracing) November 3, 2018
In the Derby, Extra Brut settled kindly back in the field for regular rider John Allen with a fast pace up front and unwound a powerful finish to surge past the leaders and win by a length over Stars of Carrum with the long shot and pacemaker Seberate a brave third.
“He got a long way back, but he rounded them up in a matter of strides,” said winning rider John Allen, a jumps jockey from Ireland that has become an integral part for the Weir racing team.
Extra Brut was a $100,000 Inglis Classic purchase for Spicer Thoroughbreds from the Grange Thoroughbreds draft and was a successful pinhook for Gary Mudgway, having been bought first as a weanling at the Inglis Great Southern Sale from the Stonehouse Holdings draft for $52,000.
He boasts the overall record of four wins from six starts with earnings of $1.4 million, a remarkable effort for a first campaign!”It was a team effort and it was great the owners stuck solid to Johnny (John Allen),” said Darren Weir.
The fifth Group I winner for Domesday, Extra Brut is his third Derby winner joining Ruthven (Queensland Derby and Arcadia Dream (WA Derby).
He is the second winner for Dom Perion, a winning Redoute’s Choice grand-daughter of French stakes-winner Charlotte Amalie. His breeder Andrew McDonald will be hoping for further success from Extra Brut this spring as Dom Perion produced a full brother to him this spring and has been covered by Toronado (IRE).
A stunning son of Red Ransom (USA), Domesday is a proven source of Group I winners and has been super popular for Aquis at their Queensland base. He stands at a fee of $9,900.