After a day of success which has been a decade in the making, Newgate Farm is hoping the first Group 1 winners from the progeny of its young stallions Flying Artie and Deep Field can be the moment which can set it up for success for the next 20 years.
Henry Field had bold ambitions for Newgate when he set it up in 2010, and one of the milestone days he dreamed of was his young stallions producing the winners of Australia's elite races.
Blue Diamond S. Day in 2021 was no doubt one of those milestone days, as Artorius delivered a Group 1 result for first-season stallion Flying Artie in the feature race, the G1 Blue Diamond S., and then Portland Sky secured a breakthrough top level success for Deep Field when he dead-heated for first in the G1 Oakleigh Plate, one of Australia's most revered sprint races.
"It was a defining day for Newgate, to have two young stallions that we put our neck on the line to buy, believe in and support. We developed them and to turn that hard work into results on the racetrack is what you want to do," Field said.
Flying Artie's achievement to produce a winner of Victoria's richest and most prestigious 2-year-old race is something quite rare. Starcraft (NZ) was the last stallion to have done that, when his first-season crop Star Witness won the Blue Diamond S., in 2010. Prior to that, it happened in 2003, when Kusi won for his sire Desert Prince (Ire), albeit after a positive swab saw him elevated to the winning position after raceday.
"It doesn't happen very often that a stallion produces a Blue Diamond winner in their first crop. He's had five winners already and now he's had a horse there yesterday win a Blue Diamond, it’s such a massive milestone for any stallion, let alone one that has just had his 20th runner," Field said.
"Flying Artie is the now the leading first-season sire by winners and he's not far away from being the leading first-season sire by prizemoney. It's a huge start for a horse."
What is even more remarkable is a significant amount of the competition for Flying Artie when it comes to the first-season Sires' race, is from his barnmates at Newgate.
Capitalist is the current leader on prizemoney, spearheaded by R. Listed Inglis Millennium winner Profiteer, one of his four winners, while Extreme Choice is currently sixth on prizemoney, with three winners, including leading G1 Golden Slipper S. chance Stay Inside.
Winning Rupert has also secured two winners and sits eighth in the freshman sires' table.