Newgate’s Deep Field has been on an upward spiral for some time now and got his first million dollar yearling with a colt from Capital Commander cracking the milestone sum at Magic Millions on Friday.
A powerful chestnut consigned by Newgate, he was bought by Hawkes Racing, who train his promising half-brother Clemenceau, who has won three in a row since the catalogue went to print.
“He certainly wasn’t cheap, but when you come to a yearling sale, what you want and what you go home with quite often doesn’t happen,” Wayne Hawkes told ANZ Bloodstock News.
“When you get the horse that you wanted, it’s what it’s all about.”
He will race in the grey and red diagonal stripe colours of Alan Bell that were carried by his sire Deep Field and his half-brother Clemenceau, who made $260,000 as a yearling at Inglis Premier when also purchased by Team Hawkes.
“He’s the son of Deep Field and Alan (Bell) always tries to buy the best Deep Field he can and he thought he was the best one he’d seen,” Hawkes said.
“We’ve got the half-brother Clemenceau, who won up the straight at Flemington on New Year’s Day, so we just loved the horse when we saw him.
“Quite often half-brothers and half-sisters don’t look the same as the one at home. When they look as good or better, obviously you’re a bit keen on them.”
Bred by SF Bloodstock and partners, the history making colt was foaled and raised at Newgate and is the fourth living foal of stakes-placed Commands mare Capital Commander, a grand-daughter of Group II winner Twining.
This colt has impressed all the way along as Capital Commander has a Deep Field colt to follow and is back in foal to the top class son of Northern Meteor.
He is the third million dollar yearling at this sale sold by Newgate, who have taken a commanding lead as most successful vendor by aggregate selling 41 yearlings for $17million.