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Early days but it’s looking promising

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Newgate Farm can but sit back now and let the progeny of their trio of first-season sires speak for them.

Early indications are that there will be plenty to crow about with Deep Field (Northern Meteor), Dissident (Sebring) and Wandjina (Snitzel) all having attracted strong books since their retirements to the Hunter Valley wonderland.

Deep Field

From just a handful of runners apiece, all three have made an impression with Deep Field on the board following the weekend success at Newcastle of his son Cosmic Force.

“It was good to get the monkey off the back, but there’s still a lot of work to be done,” Newgate General Manager Bruce Slade said.

“We are very pleased though with the way things are going.” – Bruce Slade.

“We are very pleased though with the way things are going. You always look at what their own sires were doing at the same stage.

“It’s still early days and the next six months are so important.”

Trained by Peter and Paul Snowden, Cosmic Force was purchased out of Ascot Park’s draft at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale for $180,000 by Newgate, the China Horse Club and WinStar.

He is a half-brother to the G3 Gucci S., winner Onemorezeta (Onemorenomore).

Cosmic Force was a $180,000 yearling and the first winner for Deep Field

Plenty of ammunition

A Group 2 winner and Group 1 placed, Deep Field’s yearlings have sold up to $675,000 and he will have numbers on his side having served three big books.

Former Australian Horse of the Year and multiple Group 1 winner Dissident’s first yearlings made up to $800,000 and from three representatives he has had placegetters Challa and Disruptor.


The Jamie Richards-trained Challa has been runner-up in both of her appearances and has been nominated for Saturday’s Listed Barneswood Farm Welcome S. , at Riccarton.

“If he were to win that would be pretty cool and there are some nice ones of his coming up to trial and race,” Slade said.

Stakes representative

A $1 million yearling who won the G1 Australian Guineas, Wandjina’s first crop have sold for up to $360,000 and he has already produced the Listed Maribyrnong Trial S., placegetter Grand Scholar.

“We’re very thankful that the breeders have got right behind these horses to give them their chances. We’ll have no excuses,” Slade said.

“All three have covered a lot of mares so there will be a lot of opportunities. It’s all out of our hands now and it’s up their pre-potency.”

Wandjina at the 2018 Newgate Stallion Parade