He has had 28 individual winners of 66 races around Sha Tin and Happy Valley and last season he was second to Per Incanto in the Hong Kong sires’ premiership with 14 wins to 18. Better than that, he topped the table insofar as earnings went, with a whopping HK$51.6 million (US$6.5 million) banked; and he was 13th in the Australian standings with his runners having earned close to AU$9.7 million (US$6.8 million).
Bell said that the Hong Kong success is no coincidence.
“You’d think these things are fluky but we had a very concentrated strategy to try and promote the horse to the people that we know in Hong Kong because he had all the attributes that could make a very good stallion for Hong Kong,” he said.
“He has got a very deep pedigree, a predominant sire’s pedigree and that’s very important; he’s a good individual with great bone and very powerfully built. And they’re very phlegmatic horses, they don’t rev up, they don’t get excited, they are very calm and business-like; they get better with age, and they’re very robust and sound so they’ve got great racing aptitude.”
Last month’s Magic Millions Gold Coast sale saw 43 Deep Field yearlings sell at an average of AU$221,395 (US$156,185); Newgate Stud itself sold 13. At Karaka’s Book 1 this week, five Deep Fields sold for a combined NZ$1.26 million (US$810,300) and the most expensive trio all were Hong Kong-bound as Bryan Kwan joined the HKJC and Jamie Richards in securing a prized purchase.
After Karaka comes the Inglis Classic Sale where Hong Kong interest is expected to intensify. The Sydney auction is offering 16 of Deep Field’s progenies and only eight are colts – most desirable for Hong Kong where geldings dominate – three of which are offered by Newgate.
“We’ve specifically targeted some of our best Deep Field colts to go to the Classic Sale because it’s been a sale that a lot of very good horses for Hong Kong have come out of,” Field said. “We’ve made it our business to target the Classic Sale with those buyers in mind.”
The Hong Kong love affair with Deep Field might be heading towards an enforced permanent separation if the horse is unable to produce the goods any longer, but already an emerging stallion is suggesting he might step up.