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The company took its name from the stables it first operated in Fisher Parade Ascot Vale.

Originally set up by legendary cups king Bart Cummings these stables were known as Aquanita Lodge and had been named after the champion Western Australian horse of the same name.

The company was delighted to adopt "Aquanita" as an integral part of our brand when we commenced operations in 1998.

Aquanita was one of the greatest horses of the late 50's and early 60's. A rogue around the stables, it was on the racecourse that he proved himself a champion horse; that loved winning and the accompanying plaudits and adulation.

By the black Blue Peter stallion Waterbury, the son of an English Derby winner, he was mated with local mare Reinita, a daughter of the West Australian Derby winner Panto, at the "Perringa Stud" near Perth.

He was a stylish youngster and there were few better lookers at the yearling auction when he was offered for sale, but there was not much money about for the untried Waterbury stock. Two cousins Bill and Jack Thomas, who had taken on racing as a hobby, got the colt cheaply at 575 guineas, the equivalent of 10 weeks wages for the average worker

Bill and Jack Thomas rarely stopped laughing. From his sixty-nine race starts Aquanita registered 28 wins, nine seconds and nine thirds. His earnings totalled $123,000 which is the equivalent of more than two million dollars in today's money. Victories in races such as the Railway Stakes, George Adams Handicap, Doomben 10,000, Futurity Stakes, Underwood Stakes, Turnbull Stakes and Cox Plate gave good reason for Aquanita to be classed as one of the greatest horses to race out of Western Australia.


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