Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing

Last Leg & It's Up To You

Deep Field x Pearl Congenial '19 Colt

There is 25 to go and it all comes down to this. Sounds like commentary from a pool in Tokyo right about now doesn't it? The last 25 is where it is won and lost. Now is the time. Are you in or out?
 
We are in a similar position here at Randwick with a very forward and precocious yearling colt who is about to turn two-years-old on Sunday. 
 
The first three legs of our 'swim for gold' have been completed by world class owners and now we have just 25% left in a colt with medal aspirations.
 
So who is he, where is he now, and how do you dive in? 

Who is he?
The Deep Field colt out of Pearl Congenial was secured at the Inglis Classic Sale this year for $280,000. His price tag as a top 10 colt tells you a lot about the high regard the colt was held in by the market. For Gai the colt just reminded her so much of Northern Meteor whom she trained to win the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes, and later he sired Deep Field who Gai actually underbid as a yearling. Gai did not want to be beaten this time, especially as Deep Field was a target stallion for us in 2021 on the back of our sire analysis which highlighted his elite strike rate of producing over 20% Metro Saturday class gallopers to runners off of mare quality he received at his original $20,000 service fee. As his fee has continuously risen the past three seasons to his 2021 high of $80,000, we felt Deep Field's strike rate might even improve with the increased class of mare he was attracting, which would be remarkable.
 
Our colt's dam Pearl Congenial is a great example of the increased quality of mare we are highlighting. She ticks all the boxes with her pedigree and as a talented galloper herself, earning two Stakes placings as a 2YO before Christmas. It took Missrock to run her down in the Listed Debutante Stakes at Caulfield, and Pearl Congenial then backed up 14 days later to go down by just over a length in the Listed Inglis Banner at Moonee Valley. Like Deep Field, Pearl Congenial was a naturally fast front-runner and we believe this base speed is most heritable. If you would like to remind yourself just how fast Deep Field was watch this: Newgate DEEP FIELD Video
 
Of course it should come as no surprise that Pearl Congenial could run. Her mother by Redoute's Choice won at Randwick, whilst her grand-mother Toast Of The Coast by Rory's Jester was a Group 2 & Listed winner. This is a very fast family and a stallion making family with Waikato Stud's high profile Group 1 Caulfield Guineas winner Super Seth out of a half sister to Pearl Congenial's mother. 
 
Our Deep Field colt is Pearl Congenial's second foal, her first foal by Capitalist was unfortunately lost in a paddock accident after selling as the 4th highest priced colt at last year's Inglis Classic Sale to the bid of James Harron. Pearl Congenial is leaving likely types!

Where is he now?
Our Deep Field colt returned to Tulloch Lodge a fortnight ago to time in for the September 2YO trials and Group 3 Breeder's Plate in the first week of October, should he continue to show he is mentally and physically ready for it. You may remember our discussion with John Livingstone, who oversees our yearling education, where this Deep Field colt was previewed as a colt to watch?  If you missed it, please Click Here

Well at this stage it is all systems go and Gai and Adrian believe he is the most forward and precocious Deep Field they have trained. This is the final two paragraphs of their update to owners on 22 July:
 
Your colt has been delighting us since his return. He has strengthened up during his break and he is a well put together individual. He's had a good grounding in his education thus far so he's nice and forward at this stage and having him back in now will give him every chance to go early as a two-year-old. We will keep you updated with his progress.
 
While our Deep Field colt has the size and scope to keep developing and make a proper weight-for-age horse, we should not be too surprised that he is showing up early given his mother achieved Black Type twice in the first month 2YO racing for her generation.
 
We have a fantastic group of owners assembled to race our Deep Field colt including Newgate Farm who were keen to retain a significant stake in his future. Remember this is a colt with a stallion's pedigree and being by Deep Field he will have huge appeal in Hong Kong too. Whatever happens he will be followed closely by people with interests outside of his Australian ownership.
 
We have just 25% left in this colt as we push on closer and closer to his next goal which are the important 2YO jump-outs held at Randwick in around a month from now.
 
If you would like to be involved in this colt, or if you have any further queries, please contact our Bloodstock team:

More Information - Click Here

Claudia Miller on 0422 545 990 or claudia@gaiwaterhouse.com.au

Bruce Slade on 0400 505 236 or bruce@kestrelthoroughbreds.com.au

 
 

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