Queensland-based Aquis Farm has bought an interest and the stallion rights to the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained three-year-old Attention (Stratum).
The Group Two-winning colt, who is set to contest the $750,000 Australian Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) at Flemington this weekend, will race in a partnership with James Harron’s Colt Group until he retires to take up stallion duties at Aquis Farm.
The son of the late Stratum (Redoute’s Choice) won both the BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (Gr 2, 1350m) and the T L Baillieu Handicap (Gr 3, 1400m) as a two-year-old and has performed to a high standard in three outings this season, finishing second in the Autumn Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) and a close fourth in the Futurity Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) at his last two starts.
James Harron said that he is looking forward to the new partnership with Aquis Farm, and that Attention boasted all the right attributes to make a successful stallion.
“On behalf of the owners, we are hugely excited to welcome Aquis Farm into a partnership with Attention,” Harron said.
“Attention was a standout at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale and he’s been a wonderful horse through his racing career to date which saw him take a pair of Group races including the Group Two BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes in Brisbane.
“He’s a magnificent type, with the pedigree to match, and while there’s plenty ahead with him on the racetrack, we are delighted that the next chapter for him is secured with one of the most progressive farms in Australia where he will be given every chance to succeed at stud.”
Aquis Farm’s Justin Fung echoed Harron’s sentiments that Attention had the physique, the pedigree and the ability on the racetrack to make his presence felt at stud.
“As a future stallion here at Aquis Farm, Attention ticks a lot of boxes for us,” Fung said.
“He’s a magnificent physical, was a dual group winning juvenile in Sydney and Brisbane and he was beaten under a length into fourth in the Group One Futurity Stakes last weekend.
“He’ll run in the Australian Guineas Saturday and from there we’ll leave it to Peter and Paul Snowden to set his program.
“Win lose or draw we will be happy as he will be a valuable addition to the stallion ranks in Queensland.
“There’s no substitute for strong, good looking stallions with genuine colonial speed and this colt has that in spades.”
Fung added that there was no rush to retire Attention, who will be ridden by Brett Prebble in tomorrow’s Group One feature at Flemington.
“Whatever Attention does from here is a bonus from our perspective but we’re excited to race him with James Harron’s colt group from Saturday,” he said.
“As a Queensland based stud, it’s fitting that Attention will eventually retire to Aquis Farm, being bred and raised by top breeder and our friend Ron Gilbert of Highgrove Stud.”
A $620,000 purchase from the Highgrove Stud draft at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Attention is one of four named foals out of a half-sister to the Group Three-winning and stakes-producing Pasikatera (Thunder Gulch) and is a brother to the Group Two-placed Flamboyant Lass.

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