Sun Stud’s Squamosa is having a great run of late, with not only the impressive Mick Price trained three-year-old Sun Quan making it three on the trot on but Derasa, another top three-year-old saluting over 1100 metres in Hobart.
The second season sire is currently enjoying a solid November with three individual winners from a talented group of six individual runners.
Sun Stud’s Dave Grant is quick to point out some impressive statistics on the popular stallion.
“It took Not A Single Doubt 101 runners to get his first stakes winner, whereas Squamosa achieved his first stakes win with only his twelfth runner, from a conservative crop of 50 foals,” Grant said.
“Off the back of the consistent stream of quality gallopers he is producing, at the start of this year we increased our shareholding in Squamosa, giving us the vast majority. This shows our confidence in him, and knowing that he has bigger foal numbers coming through,” Grant said.
A product of Squamosa’s first crop, Sun Quan played a part in the Sun Stud stallion being crowned Champion Victorian Freshman Sire last season.
“He is a very progressive horse, and with the ease he has gone through his grades and won his last three he looks like he will easily step up to city class as the very least,” Grant said.
Sun Quan’s victory in the BM70 race over 1200 metres at Pakenham’s Racing.com Park, was effortless following an explosive acceleration as he ran up the straight. Rising in grade from a country 64 to a provincial 70, the $160,000 yearling powered away late in the fastest 1200-metres on the night program.
Days later, the Barry Campbell trained filly Derasa was too good in the feature 3YO Vase at Hobart.
Among the better Tasmanian juveniles last season, Derasa scored at Launceston upon her return as a 3YO earlier this month. Derasa is raced by Denise Martin’s Star Thoroughbreds, who also raced Squamosa to stakes wins and a Group 1 Golden Rose placing.
“Derasa was probably the most consistent two-year-old last year, unfortunately running second in the Magic Millions and the listed two-year-old race. She should have won one of those, but now with Newitt riding her she is able to show her class,” Grant said.
Additionally the recent two-year-old galloper, Yulong Monoceros has been competitive in Group and listed company.
“They ran him in a stakes race at only his second start, so the Purcell stable must have a very good opinion of him.”
Squamosa covered a large book of 121 quality mares in his fourth season and looks on target to cover the same again in 2017.
Squamosa stands at Sun Stud Victoria for the value fee of $6,600 inc. GST.