Sire: Deep Field
Dam: Freedom Belle
Trainer: Gary Portelli
Foal Date: 25/10/2016
DEEP FIELD’S FIRST FOALS TO RACE
The first season Deep Field progeny are now being presented, with Elite Thoroughbreds offering shares in this chestnut filly out of a daughter of Royal Academy, Freedom Belle.
A full-brother to Group 1 Caulfield Guineas winner Shooting to Win, Deep Field was a fast racehorse that won five of eight starts banking more than $350,000 for connections.
Trained by Team Hawkes, Deep Field was placed to advantage winning five races consecutively from debut, as a three-year-old at Gosford over 1100m., through to the Group 2 Linlithgow Stakes at Flemington down the VRC’s famous straight over 1200m. On that occasion Deep Field won by a length defeating Driefontein. That win impressed team Hawkes, electing to line the son of Northern Meteor up in the VRC’s 2015 Group 1 Lightning Stakes, over a 1000m weight-for-age, with the bay finishing third behind Lankan Rupee and Brazen Beau.
In the spring of 2015, Deep Field entered stud duties to the Newgate Farm roster for a fee of $22,000 (inc. GST) with the young sire supported by breeders covering 257 mares in that first covering season.
At the time of his retirement Newgate Farms principal said, “I’ve been chasing him since he won his maiden.
“He’s a horse we really wanted to get a hold of. He’s a good-looking horse, such a well-bred horse but the clincher was the times the horse could run and the explosive speed that he had.”
Deep Field is out of the stakes winning mare Listen Here (by Elusive Quality) a proven producer a daughter of Announce (by Military Plume) hailing from the family of Commands and Danewin both successful sires that are in-turn out of Cotehele House (by My Swanee).
The first crop of weanlings by Deep Field were offered out of the auction ring in 2017 with the horses debut crop of yearlings offered this year and buyers have shown their support with weanlings selling up to $250,000 and yearlings up to $675,000.
Freedom Belle was offered for sale as a weanling in 2008 out of the Magic Millions sales ring when knocked down to the bid of David Balfour at $115,000. The daughter of Royal Academy raced three times and was unplaced.
Being out of the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude winner Freedom Fields (by Bluebird) provided connections an option to retire the daughter of Royal Academy to take advantage of the great gandam Lady Liberty (by Noble Bijou) winner of the Group 1 SAJC South Australian Oaks and runner-up to Savana City in the Group 1 AJC Oaks.
The grandam, Freedom Fields is a proven producer with her unraced daughter Cheery Garden (by Sir Tristram) producing the stakes placed Pontiana (by Redoute’s Choice) in-turn dam of Group 1 winner Inference (by So You Think)
Freedom Belle is by Royal Academy, winner of the July Cup and Breeders’ Cup Mile, a successful sire with 170 stakes winners world–wide 22 of them at Group 1 level including Bel Esprit and Kenwood Melody, the horses daughters have produced a higher number of stakes winners (189) as of mid-January and they include 18 at Group 1 level.
NOT ENOUGH? Statistic’s reveal when Northern Meteor covered mares by Royal Academy, as of mid-January, they show seven winners from eight runners including the stakes placed Mount Zero (ex Beauty School).
This chestnut filly, subject of the scheme is Freedom Belle’s fourth foal, the third turned two this season and has been named French Response (by Dalakhani) and was covered by More Than Ready last spring.
Once the Horse Racing Syndicate has been formed it will be managed by Elite Thoroughbreds (AR: 334 694)
Gary Portelli is a trainer with the philosophy to back the skills that made him a million-dollar-a-year, Group One trainer.
“We pride ourselves employing staff that care greatly for our horses,” Portelli says.
“Our stable philosophy is that results are achieved from a combined effort. We ensure not only our horses are cared for but also our staff and owners.”
Portelli’s background in racing equipped him well to run a successful stable in one of the world’s most competitive racing jurisdictions. His grandfather was a jockey, his mother a trainer and almost from the time he could walk, he could ride.
When he took over his mother’s licence in 1990, and then moved from Orange in the NSW central west to Warwick Farm, he began learning about running a racing business – and his record suggests he learned well.
Portelli’s first Group 1 winner came in 2007 with the success of Rena’s Lady in the AJC Oaks, a second elite win was delivered by Gold Trail in 2010 in New Zealand’s premier sprint, the Group 1 Railway Stakes at Ellerslie, his third was with Rebel Dane in the Sir Rupert Clark Stakes at Caulfield during the spring of 2013.
Rebel Dane a tough stallion, remained in training and delivered his connections and Portelli with another Group 1 when the bay son of California Dane won the 2016 Group 1 Manikato Stakes denying Fell Swoop and Japonisme.
The most recent success for Portelli at the highest level was a fairy-tale when he won the 2017 ATC $3.5million Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200 m.) with She Will Reign.
Portelli has nurtured the filly to more Group 1 success winning in the MVRC Moir Stakes over 1000m in September 2017, beating home recent 2017 Winterbottom Stakes Group 1 winner and 2018 Magic Millions Sprint winner Viddora.
Moving into 2018 She Will Reign has earned over $3million dollars in prizemoney, making a healthy return for her owners having sold as a yearling for only $20,000 at the 2016 Inglis Classic Sale.
One of the measures of Portelli’s abilities is his success in training for syndicates.
His association with Elite Thoroughbreds has realised a steady flow of winners including Testashadow winner of the 2017 ATC Festival Stakes Group 3 (eight wins & more than $1.35 million in earnings), Sebring Sun, Cosmic Cameo, Next Level, Seeking Asylum, Miss Spoken – the retired Group 3 winner I’m All The Talk (Stratum – Weekend Gossip) that is now standing at Mungrup Stud in Western Australia.
Portelli, set the Elite Thoroughbreds owned Testashadow to win the 2017 Magic Millions Cup two-years after Straturbo won the 2015 Magic Millions Sprint (1100m) on that same day, Testashadow had finished runners-up in the Magic Millions Guineas (1400m) – that day is one of the most competitive race days on the Queensland calendar each and every year.
“I am a great believer in a team environment as far as my stable is concerned. It may be my name printed as trainer but it is having a great team that helps get the best out of each and every horse,” Portelli said.
The share price is inclusive of the breaking-in fee at Jazcom, early education with Gary Portelli and all transport including import and export requirements. In addition, the agistment costs are paid until 1st of May 2018. The filly is insured with Gow Gates Insurance Brokers for mortality and the policy is valid until 1st January 2019. The ongoing upkeep fee of a two percent share is $90 (inc GST) per month – that’s just over $20 a week.
For all of the terms and conditions that surround this offer refer to the Racing NSW approved Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) issued by the TTSC on behalf of its Authorised Representative Elite Thoroughbreds (334 694). For a copy of this PDS please get in contact with the Elite Thoroughbreds or the TTSC.