Aetna joined us in 2011 from Tattersalls Yearling Sales. She was bred by Bearstone Stud in Shropshire, sired by David Wachman's seven furlong horse Indesatchel. Her dam was the former Tim Easterby trained dual winner On The Brink.
Aetna remained unraced as a two year old and was given time to grow and strengthen up, ready to debut at three.
She made her first racecourse appearance at Doncaster in March 2013 in the red and white silks of Brian Padgett, winning first time out on soft ground for Graham Gibbons.
Handed a mark of 77 for her efforts the handicapper was clearly cautious, but she was a winner again on her fourth outing in handicap company at Newcastle for Paul Mulrennan. Creeping up the race she ran three more times and made the frame every time before taking her winter break.
Always a filly to go well fresh her 2014 reappearance saw her win again, as Graham Gibbons steered her home at Newcastle. In sparkling form she was sent off 7/1 co-favourite at York at the Dante meeting in the Infinity Tyres Handicap. The ground was soft and we knew she had a chance, and she scooted in to beat Baccarat by a length and a quarter.
Aetna was in her prime at the age of four, and in November on bottomless ground at Doncaster she gained her biggest career win. Rated 99, and tackling Listed company, she turned the Wentworth Stakes into a procession, beating
Lancelot Du Lac by two and three quarter lengths to pick up the £26,000 first place money and most importantly, black type. Graham Gibbons was again the jockey that day.
Now rated in the hundreds, Aetna opened her 2015 campaign at Cork, finishing fifth in a Listed race. However, she was to remain winless in 2015, and was retired after running at Doncaster in October. Her career stats showed five wins from 19 starts and £68,000 in prizemoney.
Aetna then headed to the paddocks. Her first covering was by the classy Iffraaj. On 17th March 2017 she delivered her first foal, a strong and healthy filly who was given the stable name 'Clover', as she was foaled on St Patrick's Day. Impressed by the first produce, she headed back to Iffraaj later in th esummer and her second foal is due in March 2018.
Aetna is currently in foal to Sir Percy.