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Debut day for young Newgate sires

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Newgate's Deep Field and Wandjina have their first runners in Saturday's 2-year-old features at Randwick.

Saturday's meeting at Randwick looms as a crucial day for Newgate's freshman stallions Deep Field and Wandjina, who will have their first progeny in action in both the Breeders' Plate and Gimcrack S.

The opening 2-year-old races in Sydney always offer plenty of interest for the big studs and while Newgate's General Manager Bruce Slade will be watching all the Deep Fields and Wandjinas, there is one colt in particular who will be in for special attention.

Autocratic, who runs in the Breeders' Plate, is not only by Wandjina and is part-owned by Newgate, he is also the half-brother to another Newgate stallion, the G1 winning sprinter Russian Revolution.

"He's a lovely horse, born here, raised here, sold by Belinda Bateman as a weanling and we couldn't help ourselves. Along with the China Horse Club, we partnered up and bought him. He then grew out here at Newgate and he's been a star ever since," Slade told TDN AusNZ.

"He's a horse with a huge stride, Autocratic. I think he'll be effective up to a mile, very much like Wandjina." - Bruce Slade

"(Co-trainer) Peter Snowden has always thought a lot of him, James McDonald loved the way he trialled and wanted to stick with the horse on Saturday."

Traits from both sides

Slade said Autocratic, who was sold for $335,000 as a weanling, shares traits from both sides of his pedigree, but is more likely to stretch out in distance than his half-brother.

"I think Russian Revolution was a jump-and-run sort of horse with enormous speed, where I think this horse who could easily extend to six or seven furlongs and perhaps a mile down the track," Slade said.

Russian Revolution, pictured here winning the G1 Galaxy

"He's a horse with a huge stride, Autocratic. I think he'll be effective up to a mile, very much like Wandjina."

"He’ll be getting over heels late and hitting the line hard. Let’s just hope he jumps well and puts himself somewhere near it. Because if he is somewhere near them on the turn and gets a clear run, he's a big chance."

"They are three very progressive horses who have got the class to be there on Saturday, and you’d expect them to improve further and deeper into their 2-year-old careers." - Bruce Slade on Wandjina's progeny

The Richard Freedman-trained Vaporizing is the other colt by Wandjina in the Breeders' Plate, while impressive trial winner Honey Go Lightly makes her debut in the Gimcrack S.

Vaporizing as a yearling

Wandjina won an Australian Guineas as a 3-year-old but was considered precocious enough to run in the Breeders' Plate and Slade said it is not surprising he has a strong representation on Saturday.

"I think he always showed natural ability for Gai (Waterhouse) and was a very dominant winner of his two-year-old trial at the same time," he said.

"I think the main thing about his progeny is that all three in their heats really hit the line hard. They looked like they'd really appreciate the 1000m up to 1200m and 1400m in time."

"They are three very progressive horses who have got the class to be there on Saturday, and you’d expect them to improve further and deeper into their 2-year-old careers."

Deep prospects

Slade gets a similar sense about the offspring of Deep Field, two of which make their debuts in the Breeders' Plate.

"The Northern Meteors were probably autumn 2-year-olds themselves," he said in refernce to Deep Field's sire.

"But just with the way they (the Deep Fields) sold and the good yards they went to, with their physicals at the sales, we expected them to pop up early and its good they have."

Deep Field was not sighted on the track until he was a late 3-year-old but Slade said that was not a good guide to how his progeny might perform early on.

Deep Field

"It was injury driven, that was the reason why. He crushed a stifle joint and he had to recover from that before he could get racing. His race record is probably not a true reflection of his own precocity, because of that injury," he said.

"But just with the way they (the Deep Fields) sold and the good yards they went to, with their physicals at the sales, we expected them to pop up early and its good they have." - Bruce Slade

"At the same time, the Northern Meteors were back-end autumn 2-year old types and then good 3-year olds. I suppose we expect them to show more and more between now and the end of the season and then into their 3-year-old years."

Fresh Fields

King's Champ, who is out of Group 1 winning mare Yosei, won his trial from behind, overcoming Newgate's other colt in Saturday's race, Lionsgate (More than Ready {USA}).

"King's Champ hit the line really well and won his heat. I know Gerald Ryan thinks a lot of him. He's drawn a bit awkwardly, but there is only one bend at Randwick, so hopefully he can find some cover somewhere and hit the line again." Slade said.

Redicon, trained by Neville Layt, overcame a slow start to be narrowly beaten in his trial on the same day.

"He missed the kick pretty badly and kicked up the inside and was pretty game in running second there, so I'd expect a lot of improvement from that horse. He's out of a Rory's Jester mare, so there's some nice speed on his dam's side," Slade said.

Sidestep, who stands at Telemon Thoroughbreds in Queensland, also has his first runner with One Step in the Gimcrack, while Rubick, who had two runners in Australia's opening 2-year-old race at Toowoomba on Sunday, has Bright Rubick in the Gimcrack S and Krameric in the Breeders' Plate.