Newgate expecting strong top end business at Easter

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Newgate’s Easter draft will combine a balanced mix of yearlings by new stallions and proven sires from well-performed and well-bred female lines.

Taking a lead from results from recent international sales, the top end of the upcoming Inglis Easter Yearling Sale is tipped to be very competitive, while the hard work of the auction house should ensure strength below the top tier.

That’s the opinion of Newgate General Manager Bruce Slade when asked by TDN AusNZ for his thoughts both on the premier sale and the make-up of the Hunter Valley farm’s 2019 draft.

“I think globally the market has been very clear at the top end and it has held up very well,” Slade said.

“Easter’s about the top end, it’s about the high quality horses and there will be a lot of them there. They will be well found given the small catalogue and it should be a very strong sale.”

Slade paid tribute to the efforts of Inglis General Manager Bloodstock Sales Sebastian Hutch and his team for their efforts with vendors, potential buyers and trainers.

“In the middle market, I know that Sebastian has been talking a lot about ensuring its strength this year and going forward. If they can pull that off I think it will be a really strong sale,” he said.

Newgate has been particularly pleased with the way their season has been playing out for the younger members of their in-depth stallion roster with early success for Deep Field, Dissident and Wandjina.

Deep Field will, in particular, be well-represented at the Easter sale with his first crop of 2-year-olds making favourable impressions this season.

“We just feel like he’s building momentum all the time, off the back of having the Slipper favourite,” Slade said.

Cosmic Force headed the market after winning the G2 Pago Pago S. and finished eighth in the Slipper seven days later with rider Mark Zahra feeling the colt didn’t handle the quick back-up as well as he might.

“Deep Field had some really nice 2-year-olds trial in the last week or so.” - Bruce Slade.

“Deep Field had some really nice 2-year-olds trial in the last week or so. We’ll see them at the races over the autumn period and in the Brisbane winter,” Slade said.

“I feel like come September 1 next breeding season we should be in a really good place.

“With Dissident and Wandjina, we’ve got a good five months up our sleeve yet to really make a late burst leading into the next breeding season too.

Deep Field

“Again, they’ve had some nice horses to the trials and we’re really excited. There’s a lot of water to go under the bridge yet, but with all three horses their best performances were as 3-year-olds and beyond.

“We’ll have a good idea of where we stand come the new season, but it’s all looking extremely promising.”

“We’ll have a good idea of where we stand come the new season, but it’s all looking extremely promising.” – Bruce Slade.

Newgate’s Easter draft will combine a balanced mix of yearlings by new stallions and proven sires from well-performed and well-bred female lines.

“There has been huge investment from ourselves and our clients into high quality mares,” Slade said.

“A lot of those mares have gone to our young stallions, which is our model, and to the very best stallions in Australia. That shows in our draft, it’s a high quality line-up.”

Among them is Lot 339, a son of I Am Invincible out of an unraced Hussonet (USA) mare, who is a three-quarter sister to the dam of the multiple Group 1 winner Shoals (Fastnet Rock).

Lot 339 - I Am Invincible x Your Life Style colt

“A lot of those mares have gone to our young stallions, which is our model, and to the very best stallions in Australia.” – Bruce Slade.

“It’s the family of Redoute’s Choice and we’ve got a Not A Single Doubt colt out of Twirl, who’s another stallion prospect,” Slade said.

Lot 321 is the Not A Single Doubt bay, who is a son of a Group 2 performed Lonhro mare, with the dual Group 1 winner and champion stallion Fastnet Rock a stand-out on the pedigree page. Lonhro is having a strong run as a broodmare sire this season, counting smart 2-year-old Tenley (Medaglia d'Oro) and outstanding sprinter Osborne Bulls (Street Cry) among his top performers.

Lot 321 - Not A Single Doubt x Twirl colt

A Redoute’s Choice colt, Lot 255, is the second foal of the G1 Oakleigh Plate winner Shamal Wind (Dubawi {Ire}). She is a three-quarter sister to the G2 Newmarket Rockfel S. winner Al Thakhira (GB).

“On the classic side, there’s the colt by Written Tycoon out of Dizelle,” Slade said.

Lot 428’s mother, a daughter of Zabeel (NZ) won the G1 Australian Oaks and was a Group 2 and 3 winner.

The colt is a half-brother to the G1 VRC Oaks winner Pinot (Pierro) and the family of the Hong Kong Horse of the Year Vengeance Of Rain (NZ) (Zabeel {NZ}).

“He should be a lovely middle distance horse and there’s a lovely Medaglia D’Oro filly out of Flame Of Sydney,” Slade said.

By Encosta de Lago, she was a stakes winner and is the dam of the G1 ATC Sires’ Produce S. winner Invader (Snitzel) and the Group 2 and 3 winner Not Listenin’tome (Dylan Thomas {Ire}).