Furnaces

AQUIS Farm has added brilliant sprinter Furnaces to its roster in 2017 and the son of Exceed and Excel will command a fee of $9900. He’s a really attractive prospect for Queensland breeders too mixing the Danehill male line with a female family whose members include brilliant sprinters and sires Zeditave and Alannon.

In a brief stud career Alannon (Noalcoholic (FR)) left the dual Doomben 10,000-Gr.1 winner Falvelon, a horse much loved in the Sunshine State. He won black type every season from age two to six, scoring 15 wins and almost $2m and representing his country three times in the Hong Kong Sprint (Gr.3, Gr.2), winning twice and then placing third as a six-year-old, when the race was a Gr.1, before a long and profitable stud career.

Alannon’s dam Summoned (Crowned Prince (USA)-Sweet Life (GB) by Pardao) is the fourth dam of Furnaces and she is also the dam of Champion Three Year-Old Zeditave (The Judge), a five-time Gr.1 winner at two and three (1000m-1600m), whose wins included the Blue Diamond-Gr.1, VRC Lightning-Gr.1, Futurity Stakes-Gr.1 and William Reid Stakes-Gr.1 in Victoria and the Channel 9 Stakes-Gr.1 at Eagle Farm. Incredibly tough, he won nine of 10 starts at two and five of seven starts at three and was a huge success at Newhaven Park leaving more than 360 winners (34SW) including Gr.1 winner Strategic (ex Sudden Impulse by Luskin Star), sire of Furnace’s dam Heat of the Fire, a mare inbred 3mx3f to Summoned.

Strategic’s dam Sudden Impulse is by a Golden Slipper winner in Luskin Star and from a Golden Slipper winner in Sweet Embrace, herself a daughter of the first Golden Slipper winner Todman. The latter’s Cox Plate-winning brother Noholme is grandsire of another Queensland sire great in Semipalatinsk (USA), whose daughters should prove a good fit for Furnaces. Furnaces’ second dam, Bon Fire, is a daughter of another racing legend in Octagonal (NZ) (Zabeel-Eight Carat (GB) by Pieces of Eight), a 10-time Gr.1 winner and Horse of the Year who won 14 races including a Cox Plate and Australian Cup and was still sharp enough to claim the AJC Sires’ Produce-Gr.1 at two, a season when he also won the Todman Slipper-Gr.2 and was second in the Golden Slipper-Gr.1 and Champagne-Gr.1.

Pampas Fire (by Prince True (USA), a grandson of Majestic Prince), third dam of Furnaces, was no slouch on the track either, winning twice at two, claiming the VRC Debutante Stakes-Gr.3 and Bounding Away Handicap-LR and placing in the Maribyrnong Trial-LR and Maribyrnong Plate-Gr.2, showing the same speed as her stakes-winning half-siblings Zeditave, Alannon, Square Deal and Zedegal.

Pampas Fire’s five winners also include the VATC Debutante Stakes-LR winner Cloister (by the Sir Tristram-sired Golden Slipper winner Marauding), dam of dual Gr.1 winner Melito (Redoute’s Choice). An unraced daughter Summary is the dam of Champion NZ 3YO Filly of 2005-06, the Gr.2 winner and Gr.1 runner-up Shikoba (Chief Bearhart (CAN)).

Next dam Summoned is a daughter of Champion UK 2YO Crowned Prince (Raise a Native-Gay Hostess by Royal Charger), a Dewhurst Stakes-Gr.1 winner and brother to Kentucky Derby-Gr.1 hero Majestic Prince. Their dam is closely related to His Majesty, dam sire of Danehill. Summoned’s dam Sweet Life (Pardao-Vanita by Cagire) won three races and is a sister to stakes winner and sire Spoiled Lad (GB). Vanita’s third dam Galatea II (Dark Legend) won the English Oaks and 1000 Guineas and is yet another top class descendant of classic winner and influential mare Chelandry (family 1n).

Furnaces is a home-bred son of Darley-based champion sprinter Exceed and Excel (Danehill (USA)-Patrona by Lomond) whose seven wins included the VRC Newmarket-Gr.1 and MRC Invitation-Gr.1. Champion Australian Sire in 2012-13, his major runners here include Guelph, Flamberge, Overreach (Golden Slipper), Earthquake (Blue Diamond) and Gr.1 winners and sires Helmet, Excelebration (IRE) and Reward For Effort. Also a northern hemisphere sire success, his runners there include Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf-Gr.1 winner Outstrip and Nunthorpe Stakes-Gr.1 winner Margot Did. He is the sire of more than 1000 winners (130SW) with earnings topping $110m. Godolphin has retained breeding rights in Furnaces and will support the young stallion.

Furnaces was in the first three in seven of his 11 starts, winning by 6.25 lengths over 1100m at Rosehill on debut in October of his juvenile season. Sent for a break, the John O’Shea-trained colt was second to Haptic (Wolf Cry third) in the 1100m Lonhro Plate-LR at Randwick on February 14 and then won an 800m trial before a second behind champion juvenile Vancouver in the Todman Stakes-Gr.2 (1200m) on March 7 and then a close sixth of 16 behind that horse in the Golden Slipper-Gr.1. He won the Kindergarten Stakes-Gr.3 (1100m) on a heavy track at Randwick the following month and was off the scene until the following September when 2.25 lengths third behind champion Chautauqua and Gr.1 winner Flamberge in the Ian McEwan-Gr.2 (1000m) at Moonee Valley.

He resumed with an unplaced run in the Fireball-LR at Randwick on March 5, 2016 and then won the rich Hawkesbury Gold Rush Plate (1100m in 1:01.35), breaking the track record, before fifth in the Listed Ortensia at Scone. Given a break until September 3, he was runner-up to Wild Rain in the McEwan-Gr.2 (Heatherly third) and won a trial later that month before being retired after finishing last in the MRC Schillaci-Gr.2 behind Star Turn on October 8. His three wins, three seconds and a third gained him prizemoney of $475,950.

“Furnaces is a horse we were very keen to bring to Queensland in 2017,” Aquis Farm CEO Justin Feng said. “With his early precocious speed and superb pedigree we think he has every chance of repeating the success of a horse like Written Tycoon when bred to the pool of speedy mares in this state.”

“Furnaces was an outstanding looking racehorse, he was very athletic and had a high cruising speed,” Godolphin’s trainer John O’Shea said. “He was a very good two year-old, has a nice pedigree and is an exciting stallion prospect.”