Stakes winning two-year-old Qiji Phoenix will join the stable of champion Sydney trainer Chris Waller.
The son of Not A Single Doubt was unbeaten in three starts in New Zealand for Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs, including a dominant victory in the Listed Champagne Stakes at Ellerslie.
He finished seventh behind Melody Belle in the Gr.2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes on an unsuitable Eagle Farm track.
Raced by Chinese businessman Fudong Niu, Australian-based Aquis Farm has secured an interest in the colt along with Hongwei Chen and Alex Teng of Horse Feng Bloodstock.
“I am delighted that Aquis Farm and Horse Feng Bloodstock will be joining me in racing Qiji Phoenix,” Fudong Niu said.
“He will join Chris Waller’s stable with a view to enhancing his stallion credentials.
“I can’t thank Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs enough for their efforts and it was based on Donna’s recommendation that we sought out Chris Waller.”
Out of the multiple winning Testa Rossa mare No Mistaking, Qiji Phoenix was purchased at Karaka for $75,000 as a yearling.
Races such as the Gr.1 Caulfield Guineas and Gr.1 Coolmore Stud Stakes could be on the radar for Qiji Phoenix, with the horse due to join the Waller stable next week.
“He has had a good spell at Aquis Farm in the warmer weather in Queensland after the Sires’ Produce and will be heading to Sydney next week,” Alex Teng said.
“We will be guided by Chris, but a race like the Caulfield Guineas looks a likely spring target.” – NZ Racing Desk