Newgate's speedy McLaren latest off production line

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Henry Field and his colt fund investors have had an incredible strike rate turning sales ring purchases into stallions and Rosehill debutante McLaren is the latest in a line of talented 2-year-olds aimed at the autumn.

Newgate has built a formidable team in pursuit of its next stud prospect, from trainers Peter and Paul Snowden, to pedigree experts, top vets and even form students.

But stud boss Henry Field says "it all starts with buying a really fast horse" and zippy 2-year-old McLaren (Exceed and Excel) is the latest one of those to roll off the production line.

McLaren, racing in the distinctive red and gold China Horse Club silks, will start short priced favourite on debut in the G3 Canonbury Stakes on Saturday at Rosehill after three barrier trial wins, the last of them by seven lengths in slick time at Warwick Farm last week.

"You need a lot of luck, but it starts with buying these really fast horses, because without that you don't have any chance," Field told TDN AusNZ.

"You need a lot of luck, but it starts with buying these really fast horses, because without that you don't have any chance," - Henry Field

A $380,000 purchase at the 2018 Gold Coast Magic Millions Sale, McLaren is part of a deep group of 2-year-olds Newgate has bought into as the stud looks to continue its excellent strike rate in developing stallions secured in the sales ring.

" We have bought an average of 15 colts per year as yearlings and the idea is that we try to develop stallions out of those colts," he said. "It's hard to buy them once they have already established themselves as racehorses."

Field and his investors have found a standing stallion from the first three years they started their colts fund, including Newgate Farm's standing stallions Capitalist and Russian Revolution.


The group's purchases also include 2017 G1 Sires' Produce Stakes winner Invader, sold to stand at Aquis, plus fellow stud prospects Defcon (Choisir) and Stratosphere (Snitzel), who was a heart-breaking second to Performer (Exceed And Excel) in last year's Canonbury before going amiss.

"It's all about trying to develop stallions through a system with Peter and Paul Snowden and obviously McLaren looks an exciting colt. He has come off that barrier trial win and you never know until you get to the races and put them under pressure whether or not they are the real deal, but he is showing his fair share of talent so far and we are excited."

"I think our system is great because it gives people an opportunity to get access to a really high level of racing and it's obviously result dependent but we are very happy with our group of 2-year-olds this year and hopefully the results keep coming."

Russian Revolution

Primed for the future

Newgate's colt investors have an exciting crop of 15 juveniles aimed at the autumn, including L. Inglis Millennium-bound Cosmic Force (Deep Field), L Inglis Nursery runner-up Strasbourg (I Am Invincible) plus unraced prospect Mandela (Sebring).

"We hope that we have at least five stakes class colts out of the 15 yearlings we bought," said Field, who, along with China Horse Club, SF Bloodstock and Matthew Sandblom, was back in force at the Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale.

The team bought 12 lots at an average of $443,333 on the Gold Coast, but there will be more to come at the Inglis Australian Easter yearling Sale.

Peter and Paul Snowden

Field says Newgate and its partners plan to have 'around 20' yearlings on its books by the end of sales season and all of them will be placed in the experienced hands of Peter and Paul Snowden at Randwick.

The Snowden's time at the helm of Godolphin's racing operation makes them well placed to help fulfill Newgate's stallion-making ambitions

"Peter and Paul have obviously had a lot of experience training colts at their time at Godolphin. They are obviously incredibly good trainers, but they have proven to be elite trainers of colts and that is very important," Field said.

"The way they train, the quality of their staff, the way they run their operation is top class, and they might be the one operation in Australia that has more colts than geldings. They are very mindful of that, there is a skill to it and they have it pretty much down pat. "