Freedman to train $550,000 Deep Field colt
Prominent Hong Kong owner Bon Ho has put his faith in young Scone trainer Will Freedman, entrusting him to train a $550,000 colt by Newgate Farm stallion Deep Field (Northern Meteor). Inglis’ Jonathan D’Arcy, acting on instruction from Ho, bought the Newgate Farm-offered colt, putting an exclamation point on a session which only gained in strength as it went on.
“The market is very hot, the good-looking horses fetch a very good price. It’s very good for the vendors but for the buyers like myself, we have to pay more than our budget for the better ones,” Ho said last night. “He was the best-looking horse at the sale for me and there were some very good trainers as underbidders, so I’m very pleased to get him. He was recommended to me by William Freedman, so he will be trained by William.”
The colt was earmarked by Henry Field, stud manager Jim Carey and the Newgate Farm team to be one of their standout yearlings at the Classic sale. Bred by S F Bloodstock and Matthew Sandblom, the Lot 263-consigned colt is the fourth foal out of New Zealand Listed winner Spellbinder (O’Reilly), who is the dam of the Kris Lees-trained, Australian Bloodstockowned three-year-old Spellcatcher (Extreme Choice), a winner of two of his four starts and an unlucky Randwick placegetter last month.
Carey commended Ho, who races a large team of horses under his Legend Racing banner, for his support of the Australian industry and hopes his latest buy can deliver on the racetrack. “He’s by Deep Field, who we stand, and he is a stallion we have huge faith in. He grew up on the farm and hopefully he can be as good as some of our previous Classic sale graduates in Shadow Hero and Profiteer, who came from our drafts in the past couple of years,” Carey said.
Last week, Ho paid $650,000 on the Magic Millions Online platform for Vo Rogue Plate (Gr 3, 1350m) winner Tiger Heart (Better Than Ready), a three-year-old who will be trained by Les Bridge for the Legend Racing owner.