PERFORMER (AUS)(Exceed and Excel-Gavroche, by Snippets)
Aquis Farm, QLD. Fee: $8,800

Performer Overview

Unbeaten at his first two juvenile starts at Listed and Gr.3 level, the former Chris Waller-trained Performer, a stunning chestnut becomes the first son of Champion Sire Exceed And Excel to stand at Aquis Farm.

A winner on debut in the time-honoured Listed ATC Breeders’ Plate (1000m) at Royal Randwick, Santos was the first horse to break the 57 second barrier, winning in a time quicker than Capitalist, Vancouver, Snitzel, Charge Forward and Choisir.

Santos went on to win the Gr.3 ATC Canonbury Stakes at his second race start, emulating the feats of previous winners including Pariah, Vancouver, Hinchinbrook, Sebring and Not A Single Doubt.

As a half-brother to Gr.1 Galaxy Handicap winner Bel Sprinter, the $450,000 Magic Millions yearling sale graduate is bred on the successful Danehill x Snippets cross that has produced eight individual Gr.1 winners including the Gr.1 producing stallions Snitzel, Hinchinbrook and Magnus.

Performer is one of over 260 stakes horses for his sire Exceed And Excel, a stallion who is building a strong reputation as a sire of sires.

Performer Pedigree

b. 2000
b. 1986
b. 1977
b. 1981
ch. 1994
b. 1980
ch. 1974
ch. 2002
b. 1984
ch. 1970
b. 1977
ch. 1989
ch. 1978
ch. 1982
All data courtesy Arion Pedigrees

Performer BR News

  • Adelaide Off The Mark As Funstar Salutes

    Thu, 6 Jun 2019

    While it may have taken a few runners as a sire to get his first winner, Coolmore’s Gr1 WS Cox Plate winner Adelaide (Galileo) produced an exciting debut performer on Wednesday at Warwick Farm. Trained by Chris Waller, 2YO filly Funstar, a half-sister to her Gr1-winning stablemate Youngstar (see below last to first finish), made her debut in the All Too Hard @ Vinery Stud Maiden (1250m) open to 2 and 3YOs. Off some solid barrier trial performances, the filly started a short-priced favourite and did not let her supporters down. Settling back in the field, jockey Robbie Dolan urged her towards the outside of the field as they turned for her, and she asserted her superiority with ease, surging to a dominant three and a quarter length victory for her large group of owners. "She's a very smart filly and has shown that in her trials," said Waller. "Being by Adelaide suggests distance won't be a problem and that's why we rode her back today. I'm tickled pink with her. She has such a bright future and the owners will have so much fun with her." Purchased by Anton Koolman Bloodstock from the draft of Bowness Stud for $80,000 at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, a figure that now looks extreme value, the filly is out of the imported Danehill mare Starspangled (Ire), once again further highlighting the very successful Danehill x Galileo pedigree cross.

  • $2.3M For Missrock At MM National Sale

    Wed, 29 May 2019

    A staggering $2.3 million was outlaid for maiden mare Missrock (Fastnet Rock-Miss Judgement, by Strategic) on the opening day of the 2019 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale. Consigned by Kingstar Farm, the triple Gr1-placed 5YO mare comes with a lovely pedigree, being out of a Gr3-winning half-sister to Gr1 Oakleigh Plate winner Mrs Onassis and two other Group winners, as well as promising current Fastnet Rock stakes-performer Millard Reaction. Boasting Gr1 Blue Diamond and Gr1 Australia Stakes winner Lady Jakeo as her third dam, Missrock won three times at stakes level, including the Gr3 Percy Sykes Stakes. The buyers were listed as John and Jake Warren from the UK.


    Session topper Missrock (pic:
  • 2YO Speed Machine Performer Joins Aquis

    Mon, 27 May 2019

    Unbeaten at his first two starts as a 2YO at Listed and Gr3 level, the former Chris Waller-trained Performer, a striking chestnut son of Champion Sire Exceed And Excel will join the Aquis Stallion Roster for the 2019 breeding season. The first horse in the history of the time-honoured ATC Breeders’ Plate (1000m) to break 57 seconds, a faster time than previous winners Snitzel, Choisir, Pierro, Vancouver and Capitalist, the half-brother to Gr1 ATC Galaxy Handicap winner Bel Sprinter continued his outstanding juvenile form second up in the Gr3 ATC Canonbury Stakes, giving the field a 3kg weight penalty to claim the prize and emulate previous winners Hinchinbrook, Sebring, Not A Single Doubt and Strategic.  A $450,000 yearling, one of the top priced colts by his sire sold in 2017 at Magic Millions, Performer started favourite in the Gr2 ATC Todman Stakes at his third start and looked certain to dominate before dislodging jockey Hugh Bowman, putting an end to his chances. Bred on the successful Danehill x Snippets cross that has produced Gr1 stallions Snitzel, Hinchinbrook and Magnus, Performer is one of over 260 stakes horses for his sire Exceed And Excel, a stallion who is building a strong reputation as a sire of sires and is renowned for juvenile speed. “A Listed and Group winner at his first two starts, Performer highlights many of the qualities we aim to source in a stallion prospect for Aquis,” enthused Aquis CEO Shane McGrath. Performer will stand at a fee of $8,800 at Aquis’ Canungra base in Queensland.


    Precocious juvenile Performer (pic: Steve Hart)
  • Arrowfield Stallions Share MM Day-1 Honours

    Thu, 23 May 2019

    Colts by Not a Single Doubt and Snitzel shared top honours on Day-1 of the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast National Weanling Sale on Monday. The pair sold for $300,000 and were among the 37 individual lots to sell for six figure prices across the session. The first of the top sellers was Lot 53, the Not a Single Doubt-Celebrity Appeal colt offered by South Australia's Cornerstone Stud. A half-brother to two winners, he was purchased by renowned Sydney-based bloodstock agent James Bester. He is the fourth foal of a twice raced One Cool Cat half-sister to stakes-winners Walking or Dancing and Irongail. His dam is also a half sister to Darley's grand producer Youthful Presence, dam of four stakes-winners including Gr1 stars Hauraki and Kidnapped. The second $300,000 seller for the day was Lot 145, Aquis Farm's brown colt by Snitzel from Euryale. Leading New Zealand bloodstock agent Paul Willetts was able to outbid others around the ring and secure the fourth foal of the Gibson Carmichael Stakes winner Euryale, a five time-winning daughter of Lonhro. The Snitzel colt is a three quarter brother to group performer Athena Lass and closely related to multiple group winner Sweet Redemption. Late in the day Noorilim Park's Written Tycoon colt from La Llorona sold to Fernrigg Farm for $290,000 and earlier Aquis Farm's Not a Single Doubt-Cariad colt sold to Ampulla Lodge for $280,000.

    Lot 53 2019 MMNS

    Lot 53 was a joint session topper on Day-1 (pic:
  • Bondi Heads To WA's Lynward Stud

    Tue, 21 May 2019

    Talented Gr1 performer Bondi (Snitzel-Bondi Blonde, by Red Ransom) has been purchased by leading breeders Ted and Troy van Heemst, where he will stand at their Lynward Park Stud in Bullsbrook, WA. Trained by Peter and Paul Snowden, the precocious son of Snitzel was impressive as a juvenile when a half length second to Seabrook in the Gr1 Moet and Chandon Stakes (1600m), and was endlessly consistent at Group level, ending his career with a gallant third to boom horse The Autumn Sun in the Gr2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill, where he unfortunately sustained a career-ending tendon injury. The colt was purchased for $400,000 at the 2017 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale, and he is bred on the same cross as sensational gallopers Trapeze Artist and Golden Slipper winner Estijaab (Snitzel-Red Ransom line). He will stand for a service fee of $6,600 inc GST.


    New Lynward Park Stud recruit Bondi
  • Royal Ascot Chosen For Enable's Return

    Fri, 17 May 2019

    Europe’s champion mare Enable will no longer make her much anticipated race return in the Gr1 Coronation Stakes at Epsom at the end of the month, instead being held back for Royal Ascot reports Raced by Frankel’s owner Khalid Abdullah, the freakishly talented performer has not raced since winning her second Gr1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe last October before backing up to win the Gr1 Breeders’ Cup Turf (see below) where she became the first horse in history to complete the double. Abdullah’s racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe advised that Enable could return instead in either the Prince of Wales’ Stakes or Hardwicke Stakes at June’s Royal Ascot meeting. “[Trainer] John [Gosden] is pleased with her… she’s in great nick and enthusiastic.” He added, “We’ve always said the Arc is the main target. These races are very important, so it’s a question of picking the right one and getting the right route back to Longchamp.” Enable was kept in work specifically in an attempt to become the first ever three-time winner of the Arc.

  • Up And Coming Dracarys Back On Track

    Fri, 10 May 2019

    Last starting under race conditions in the 2017 Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m), when beaten just shy of three lengths by the now Coolmore Stud-based Merchant Navy (Fastnet Rock), the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained 4yo Snitzel entire Dracarys is aiming to get his career back on track with a first up run in Saturday’s Listed Ortensia Stakes (1100m) at the Scone standalone meeting. Secured by James Harron for $1 million from the Arrowfield Stud draft at the 2016 Magic Millions Yearling Sale, Dracarys was an impressive 2YO debut winner before fifth in the Gr.2 Skyline Stakes. At three, he got the better of the now Spendthrift Australia-based Gold Standard (Sebring) in the Gr3 Up And Coming Stakes, was then then by Trapeze Artist in the Gr1 Golden Rose, before his pleasing effort in the Coolmore Stud Stakes. With three solid trials under his belt including a second to the Chris Waller-trained Gr.1 performer Zousain on April 26, with Deploy in third, Dracarys holds nominations to both the Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m) and Stradbroke Handicap (1400m), both at Gr1 level during the Brisbane Winter carnival, so connections clearly feel the stallion prospect has come back in fine order. The first foal of the dual Listed-winning Elusive Quality mare Nocturnelle, Dean Hawthorn Bloodstock secured the full-sister to Dracarys at this year’s Magic Millions Yearling Sale for $300,000.


    Dracarys holds two Gr1 nominations (pic: Steve Hart)
  • Aquis Farm Expands Into Vic With Foundation Sires

    Fri, 3 May 2019

    In a significant strategic move, Aquis Farm has announced the acquisition of a property in Seymour, Victoria, where it will stand Zoustar’s dual group-winning son Lean Mean Machine for $17,600 (inc. GST) alongside Fastnet Rock’s Gr3-winning, multiple Gr1 performer Siege Of Quebec $13,200 (inc. GST) as foundation stallions. Trained by Chris Waller, Lean Mean Machine recorded his first black type success in the Gr2 Sires’ Produce Stakes at two in a time quicker than his own sire, before a win in the Gr2 Run To The Rose at the commencement of his 3YO season, followed by third in the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes behind Sunlight and Zousain. An unbeaten 2YO, the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Siege Of Quebec, a $1.2 million Inglis Easter yearling sale graduate, recorded success in the Gr3 Bill Ritchie Handicap over Pierata and Music Magnate as well as Gr1-placed efforts in the Toorak Handicap, and most recently in the All Aged Stakes when beaten less than a length. Former Woodside Park Stud Bloodstock Manager Murray Tillett has been appointed to oversee the operations in Victoria. “This is a very exciting opportunity for me and another massive vote of confidence in the future of the Victorian breeding industry. Aquis are a dynamic organisation who are building a very strong reputation. They are driven by success and I’m delighted to be a part of growing their operation,” stated Tillet.

    Lean Mean Machine

    Lean Mean Machine (pic: Steve Hart)
  • Jimmy Choux Heads To Western Australia

    Fri, 26 Apr 2019

    Former champion Australasian 3YO and five-time Gr1 winner Jimmy Choux (Thorn Park-Cierzo, by Centaine) has been sold to prominent Western Australian owner-breeder Alan MacAlister and will stand next season at Wayne and Tracy Rodwell's Rosalee Park Stud in Serpentine. MacAlister, who owns Redwood Park Stud and has a large broodmare band, also raced Gr1-winning mare Magnifisio and the recently retired Gr2-winning filly Whispering Brook. Jimmy Choux, who stood at Rich Hill Stud in Matamata, was New Zealand's leading first season sire in 2015-16 and has been a consistent sire of winners in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore. This season he has been represented by New Zealand Gr1 performer Bostonian and Australian stakes winner Manolo Blahniq. "Jimmy Choux continues to sire winners on a regular basis and he also sires a lovely line of sales yearlings," Rich Hill Stud managing director John Thompson said. "We wish Alan and his team all the best with him and I'm sure he will be a welcome addition to the Western Australia breeding scene. I would also like to thank leading Perth Agent John Chalmers for his role in negotiating the sale."

    Jimmy Choux

    New WA stallion recruit Jimmy Choux
  • Quality On Offer In Perth Autumn Sale

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019

    A quality line up of thoroughbreds will go under the hammer on Sunday, March 31 at the Magic Millions Perth Autumn Thoroughbred Sale from 1pm. The auction will be held at the new Swan Valley Sales Complex on Dale Road for which the catalogue is now online. The 61 lots include proven stakes-producing and winning broodmares, plus weanlings, a yearling and an outstanding line up of racehorses. Among the broodmare entries are stakes-performers Mae Jinx, Pavlova, Xaar Boom and Busimess, as well as the dams of stakes-winners that include Missy Longstocking, Saul's Special and Summer Swallow. The racehorse section features an outstanding draft from Peters Investments including group winner State Solicitor, classy performer Bold Success and regally bred fillies Special Reflection and Treasureland. Also in the entries is last start Perth winner Yeah Bravo. A lifetime breeding right to Miss West Coast's young group winning sire Safeguard will also go under the hammer.

    MM Swan Valley

  • Safeguard Filly Tops Book-2 at MM Perth Sale

    Wed, 20 Feb 2019

    At Swan Valley in Perth, a popular filly by exciting young local sire Safeguard (Exceed and Excel-Preserves, by Canny Lad) topped Book Two of the 2019 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale. Presented for auction by Namerik Thoroughbreds of Serpentine as Lot 190, the bay filly was purchased by top Ascot trainer Paul Jordan for $60,000. The filly will be out to continue the bright start for the group winning two and three-year-old Safeguard - an exciting son of Exceed and Excel who stands at Mogumber Park. Tuesday's top seller is a half-sister to two multiple winners from the 100 per cent winner producer Comme Ci - herself a five time winning daughter of Verglas. Comme Ci is a sister to stakes performer Versarc and half sister to Adelaide group performer Subsequential - the dam of Tasmanian Guineas winner Moving Money.

    Lot 190 MM Perth Sale

    Lot 190 topped Book-2 of MM's Perth Yearling Sale (pic:
  • NZB NYSS Book-2: $40k Average Maintained

    Mon, 4 Feb 2019

    A broad buying bench at the close of Book-2 trading at NZB’s NYSS has seen the key figures reach a turnover of $9,743,000 for 246 lots sold (73% clearance rate). The average has settled at $39,606 with the median holding at $30,000 for the second catalogue of the National Yearling Sales Series. Mark Pilkington was the leading purchaser spending $501,000 for his nine horses, while Hiwi Lodge (three lots) and Lisa Latta (six lots) outlaid $355,000 and $345,000 respectively. The overall Book 2 Sale-topping yearling, who is set to return to NZB’s Ready to Run Sale, was offered through Westbury Stud’s draft at Lot 872. The Reliable Man colt is full-brother to Group One performer Hypnos and was knocked down to the $270,000 bid of former Melbourne Cup winning trainer Brian Jenkins on Thursday. It didn’t take long for the highlight lot to be knocked down on the final day of Book 2 with the second yearling into the ring setting the pace at $190,000. Young Hong Kong-based Bloodstock Agent Robin Tai secured the Jimmy Choux colt (Lot 902) under his RT Racing brand from the draft of Trelawney Stud and plans to leave the son of Group Three-winning mare Seven Schillings, and half-brother to current stakes winner Emily Margaret, in New Zealand for the immediate future.

    Trelawney's Lot 902

    Trelawney's Lot 902 Jimmy Choux colt (pic: Trish Dunell)
  • Significant Australian Dubai Nominations

    Wed, 30 Jan 2019

    Based on nomination numbers, AAP reports 18 horses still remain in play for the lucrative Dubai World Cup meeting, with nine of them boasting credentials as Gr1 winners. The entries relate to a quartet of Gr1 events, plus a single Gr2 race. Following what has already been a tried and true path for Australian entries, the 1200m Al Quoz Sprint (won by Ortensia and Buffering) is key amongst the targeted nominations. Santa Ana Lane, Brave Smash, Viddora and Voodoo Lad are Gr1 winners whose connections will fancy their chances, although the younger brigade includes rising stars Lean Mean Machine and Osborne Bulls among some of the other possibles.A performer in last year’s race, where he finished fifth, Illustrious Lad could be back for another shot. With $49 million in total purses on offer and the chance for international recognition, the Dubai World Cup meeting is a massive drawcard, particularly for what it might do to a pedigree page of future broodmares; appropriately, the Gr1 Dubai Turf (1800m) has attracted some choice Gr1-performed females, including Oohood, Shillelagh and Aloisia.


    Shillelagh has been nominated for the Gr1 Dubai Turf (pic: Mark Gatt)
  • Norzita Adds Considerable Kudos To Chairman's Sale

    Tue, 22 Jan 2019

    Two-time Gr1 winner Norzita is the latest high-profile entrant confirmed for this year’s Inglis Chairman’s Sale – in foal to dual Champion Australian sire Snitzel. Trained by the late Bart Cummings and raced by the partnership of Dato Tan Chin Nam and Tunku Ahmad Yahaya, Norzita (Thorn Park-Visique) won the Gr1 Flight Stakes as a spring 3YO before returning the following autumn to win the Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes. She was also twice Gr1-placed against the older horses, and was crowned Champion Australian 3YO Filly of 2012/13 as a result. The now 9YO Norzita has a 3YO colt by So You Think, Carif, in training with Peter and Paul Snowden, while her 2YO son by Fastnet Rock, Confidant, realised $660,000 at the 2018 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale. Duncan Ramage, Bloodstock & Racing Manager to the Estate of the Late Dato Tan Chin Nam, expects Norzita to appeal to a huge cross section of major breeders, both domestic and international. “This is purely a commercial decision on our behalf due to the change in nature of the business since the passing of Dato,” Ramage said. “She is in foal to Snitzel, due in August, and it’s very rare for us to send a mare to such a high-priced stallion, but it looks an ideal mating for her,” noted Ramage of the Danehill-free mare. Norzita joins Group 1 performer Snitty Kitty amongst the early confirmations for the Chairman’s Sale, which will be held at Riverside Stables on the evening of Friday May 3.


    Norzita returns to scale (pic: Steve Hart)
  • Unbeaten $30,000 Filly Off To 3YO Karaka Million

    Mon, 7 Jan 2019

    On Saturday, at Awapuni in New Zealand, promising 3YO Miss Labasa retained her unbeaten record with another impressive performance. NZ Racing Desk reports that the Swiss Ace filly, winner of her first two starts, had been off the scene since mid-November due to niggling feet issues, however resumed in the 3YO 1400m contest against a line-up that included New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) place-getter Sir Nate. Rider Johnathan Parkes controlled events from the front on Miss Labasa, who strode clear in the home straight to defeat Sir Nate with southern visitor Emily Margaret finishing off well for third. Trainer John Bary was pleased with the performance although he had envisaged rider Johnathan Parkes would look to take a sit on the filly rather than press on and lead like he did. Bary indicated the immediate target for Miss Labasa would be the $1m Listed Karaka Million 3YO Classic (1600m) to be run at Ellerslie on January 26. A half-sister to top South Island performer Starvoia who numbers the Listed Hazlett Stakes (1200m) amongst her six career victories, Miss Labasa was a $30,000 purchase for owner Narendra Balia from the Wentwood Grange draft during the Select session at the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sale.

    Miss Labasa

    Miss Labasa controlled the tempo at Awapuni (pic: Race Images Peter Rubery)
  • Xpression Using Awapuni As Gr1 Stepping Stone

    Thu, 20 Dec 2018

    In New Zealand where the industry is gearing up to its major Summer Racing Carnival, NZ Racing Desk reports that Gr1 performer Xpression will contest a 1400 event at Awapuni on Saturday ahead of a tilt at Gr1 glory next month. The Guy Lowry and Grant Cullen-trained filly ran third last-start in the Gr1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton and while disappointed with that run, her connections are looking for redemption in the Gr1 Levin Classic (1600m) at Trentham on January 12. “Her run in the 1000 Guineas was disappointing,” Lowry said. “It was okay, she learnt a lot, but you always like to win…” Xpression will once again team up with premiership-winning jockey Samantha Collett on Saturday and will jump from the ace barrier in the six horse field. “She isn’t screwed down at the moment, it’s really just a lead-in race for the Gr1,” explained Lowry, who suspects a mile is as far as Xpression wants. “I don’t believe she is a stayer and it’s the last crack at her own age group at Gr1 company at a mile or below in this country,” he noted.


    Xpression is targeting Gr1 success (pic: Race Images South)
  • Mackinnon Target for Prized Icon

    Thu, 8 Nov 2018

    Newcastle horseman Kris Lees says classy middle-distance performer Prized Icon is likely to make his next appearance in Saturday's $2 million Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington. The 5YO More Than Ready entire put the writing on the wall when he was narrowly defeated by Cliff's Edge in the Gr2 Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley two weeks' ago. "He's really well," Lees told Sky Sports Radio. "At this stage we are going to accept for the Mackinnon Stakes but I'm still not 100% sure if he will take his spot, we will see later in the week." Lees added: "The other option is he may go to Perth, so we still have a few things to weigh up." Despite numerous Gr1 placings, Prized Icon has not won a race since landing the Gr1 Victoria Derby as a 3YO in October 2016.

  • Star South African Performer for Redoute's Choice

    Mon, 5 Nov 2018

    Buffalo Bill Cody, a northern hemisphere son of Arrowfield's multiple champion Australian sire Redoute's Choice, announced himself as the next star of South African racing when he resumed from a five-month break to score a most impressive win in a MR103 Handicap over 1600m at Turffontein on Saturday. Trained by Mike de Kock, the 4YO Irish-bred entire has now won 4 of his 5 starts and seems destined for the very top. Mathew de Kock, assistant trainer to his father, said on the stable's website: "Buffalo Bill Cody is very smart. He’s a machine. We’ll be sitting down to plan his next few races this week and putting our heads together because he is versatile and it looks like he’ll see out 1800m and even 2000m, so the Victory Moon Handicap and the Summer up are options, and of course the Queen’s Plate in January. But nothing is firm yet, we’ll see." From the Sri Pekan mare Buffalo Berry, Buffalo Bill Cody races in the familiar black and red silks of leviathan South African owner Mary Slack.

  • Red Alto Wins Gr3 Bendigo Cup

    Thu, 1 Nov 2018

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    At Bendigo in Victoria, locals celebrated when Bendigo-trained Red Alto (High Chaparral-Le Sangre, by Fastnet Rock) sprang a $71 surprise for former jockey, now trainer, Brent Stanley in the $350,000 Gr3 Bendigo Cup (2400m). Providing Stanley with a double for the afternoon, the son of  Coolmore’s deceased dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 victor High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Darshaan) was always in the first half of the field and ground his way to victory under Michael Walker, over Dal Harraild and Sir Charles Road. Much like in his previous start in the Cranbourne Cup, Furrion struggled to quicken when the field fanned soon after entering the straight, perhaps suggesting he’s better suited to a mile at this stage of his career. A genuine Gr1 performer as a 3YO, Red Alto’s first black-type win took his record to 7 wins & 9 placings from 44 starts for $586,360 in earnings. Initially a $28,000 weanling at the 2013 Inglis Australian Weanling Sale, Red Alto was subsequently passed-in for $45,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast.

  • First Stakes Performer for Wandjina

    Tue, 9 Oct 2018

    Group 1 Australian Guineas winning stallion Wandjina sired his first stakes horse on Saturday when the Tony McEvoy-trained colt Grand Scholar ran a brave third in the Listed Maribyrnong Trial Stakes (1000m) at Flemington. Second in a Morphettville trial last month, Grand Scholar showed good pace to track the eventual winner Unite And Conquer and fighting on strongly right to the line. A $120,000 Magic Millions purchase from the Newgate Farm draft for Sun Bloodstock, Grand Scholar is a half-brother to Gr2 placed Sort After from the speedy Gr3 winning mare Patronyme (More Than Ready). The Wandjina stock are proving highly trainable with a number of them showing up at the recent trials. A $1 million yearling with stunning good looks and ability to match, Wandjina (Snitzel-La Bamba, by Last Tycoon) stands at Newgate Farm at a fee of $22,000.