Deep Field retired

Deep Field, the horse considered potentially the best sprinter in Australia just a couple of months ago, has run his last race.

It was on Tuesday morning revealed that a stud deal had been completed for the four-year-old, who will stand the upcoming breeding season at Newgate Farm in New South Wales.

He retires without the Group 1 victory many considered him destined for while in the care of co-trainers Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes, but is a great addition to the Newgate roster in the eyes of managing director Henry Field.

“I’ve been chasing him since he broke his maiden by 10 lengths,” Field said. “I reckon I was the first person to call (owner) Alan Bell and say this is an incredible horse, so we’ve been there the whole way.

“He’s a horse that we really, really wanted to get a hold of. He’s such a good-looking horse, such a well-bred horse but the clincher was the times the horse could run and the explosive speed that he had.

“He’s a horse that there has been a huge amount of hype on and a horse that had a real X factor, he was an explosive horse, so we’ve been chasing from the get-go and delighted to have got him.”


Glen again the Doncaster Boss

Glen Boss has never had to sweat on a feature-race ride like he did before this year’s Doncaster Mile, but Kermadec made it worth it when he carried the jockey to yet another win in the Randwick feature.

The Melbourne-based jockey won the $3 million race for the sixth time when he partnered the Chris Waller-trained colt to a brilliant victory.

Kermadec required two scratchings to gain a start after being left as the second emergency when the final field was declared on Tuesday and while he scraped into the field on Saturday morning, he was back on the outer when Saturday’s races were abandoned due to wet weather.

Saturday morning’s scratchings were reinstated into the field for the race, which was rescheduled to Monday.

Fortunately for Boss and Waller, Moriarty and It’s Somewhat were again scratched on Monday morning which paved the way for Kermadec to take his place.

He responded with a decisive win over Japanese galloper Real Impact with another Waller runner, Royal Descent third.

An emotional Boss described the win as the most significant of his Doncaster victories.

“I’m really lost for words right now,” Boss said. “This one is probably the most special one.”

Boss scored his first Doncaster win since 2008 – when he provided Waller with the first of his five wins in the race with victory aboard Triple Honour – with his win aboard Kermadec.

He has won on three-year-olds on two other occasions – Racing To Win (2006) and Haradasun (2007) – having earlier scored Doncaster wins aboard Sprint By (1996) and Private Steer (2004).

Kermadec’s win was Waller’s fifth win in the past seven years, the champion trainer having also scored with Rangirangdoo (2010) and Sacred Falls the past two years.

Kermadec atoned for luckless efforts at several of his other starts this campaign – including a fourth placing in the Group 1 Australian Guineas at Flemington – when he made the most of an economical Boss ride to power away from his rivals late.

The $8 chance scored by 1-3/4 lengths from Real Impact ($10), who surged to the front early in the straight with Royal Descent ($8), the 2014 runner-up, a half-neck back third.

The Gai Waterhouse-trained Pornichet, who was well backed to start $7 favourite, finished fifth, beaten just under three lengths.

“From the time I got on his back in the enclosure I felt very confident,” Boss said. “He just came out here with a bit of a swagger about him.

“It’s amazing that he doesn’t have a better record than he has because he just gave me an amazing feel there when he let go.

“For a colt he is very brave. I was galloping where there was no room, we were pushing through gaps, but he was brave enough to do it for me.

“That was a soft victory. He’s a very, very good colt.”

Corey Brown, who rode Victorian mare Suavito (seventh), reported that the four-year-old was not comfortable on the heavy track, while Plucky Belle’s rider Kathy O’Hara could offer no explanation for the Peter Moody-trained mare’s 17th placing.

Kermadec’s win completed a winning double for Boss, who also won the $200,000 Group 3 P.J. Bell Stakes (1200m) aboard Miss Cover Girl for Kelly Schweida.


Pride of Dubai wins ATC Sires

Pride of Dubai threw down the challenge to Vancouver for Champion 2YO of the Year honours with a second Group 1 success in the ATC Sires (1400m) at Randwick on Monday.

The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained colt added the $1 million Sires to the Blue Diamond Stakes crown he won at Caulfield on 28 February.

The Sires victory came 37 days after Pride Of Dubai’s win in Victoria’s premier juvenile event, which only strengthened Peter Snowden’s already lofty opinion of the colt.

“I’m really pleased with the decision we made (to bypass the Golden Slipper), we thought long and hard about it, but I always though seven furlongs was going to suit him better.

“I do admit though, I was very worried halfway through the race, we were three and four deep overracing – he’s never done that before – so I thought this will really test him out but he was true to his word.

“He carried on from where he left off in the Blue Diamond. He’s an exciting colt going forward because there’s big upside to him.”

As he did in the Blue Diamond, when he overcame severe interference midway down the straight, Pride Of Dubai turned in a fighting performance to get home in the Sires. Hugh Bowman replaced Blue Diamond-winning hoop Damian Browne for the Sires.

The son of Street Cry – who started $4.80 – powered home the final 200m to score a three-quarters-of-a-length win over Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum’s other runner in the race, Rageese ($15), and Odyssey Moon ($12), who dead-heated for second.

Victorian filly Pasadena Girl saw her unbeaten run come to an end but lost no admirers with her fourth-place finish, while classy colt Ready For Victory failed to replicate his good Golden Slipper effort and wound up in seventh spot.

Pride Of Dubai has now won half of his two starts with the $600,000 first prize lifting his earnings to $1.25 million.

He has won two of the three Group 1s to be decided for two-year-olds so far this season – the Golden Slipper, won by unbeaten colt Vancouver was the other – and Snowden said he will wait to see how he comes through the Sires run before deciding whether to give him his shot at another.

The next Group 1 available to two-year-olds is the $400,000 Champagne Stakes, to be run at Randwick on Saturday 18 April.