Group 2-winning sprinter Cosmic Force will become the first son of Deep Field (Northern Meteor) to stand at stud when he joins his sire on the Newgate Farm roster this spring, commanding a fee of $16,500 (inc GST).
Deep Field, who was retired to Newgate Farm in 2015, has had two crops to race so far. He currently leads the Australian second seaso sires table by winners, while he is also the leading overall sire of three-year-old winners in Australia this season.
His talent as a stallion was once again to the fore on Saturday when his daughter Xilong won the Euclase Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m), stamping herself as a genuine contender for The Goodwood (Gr 1, 1200m) Saturday week, while Fituese made it four wins from six starts with an emphatic win on the Kensington track at Randwick.
Cosmic Force, though, has been his leading light from his first crop. A Group winner at two and three for Newgate and their partners, racing in the China Horse Club colours, Cosmic Force retires with a similar profile to Deep Field.
You’ve got a horse here that’s going to stud, just like Deep Field, he’s a Group 2 winner, he’s a race record holder, he holds the record for a winning margin in a two-year-old Group race in Australia this millennium,” Newgate’s director of stallions Bruce Slade told ANZ Bloodstock News yesterday.
“So he’s obviously shown plenty of X-factor and he retires to stud at $15,000 plus GST which I think will be seen as value by the market.“We’re delighted with the job that Deep Field is doing and it’s terrific to think that, from his first crop, he’s already got a commercial stallion prospect in Cosmic Force going to stud this year. He’s just a young stallion that’s obviously a leading second crop stallion, he’s the leading sire of three-year-old winners in Australia and, on the data that we look at, he’s certainly on track to make his mark in the stallion ranks of Australia for a long time.
“We believe that Deep Field is going to be at Newgate for a long time and he’s going to be a very important contributor to the foundation of Newgate and its long-term success.”The numerous parallels between Deep Field and his son Cosmic Force are striking and bode well for the three-year-old’s future at the Henry Field-founded stud. “Both were expensive first-crop yearlings from their respective sires: Deep Field was the highest-priced Northern Meteor from his first crop, while Cosmic Force was one of the highest-priced colts by Deep Field,” Slade recalled.
“Certainly, in Henry’s opinion, he was the best-looking son of Deep Field from his first crop, and so he was purchased by Newgate and their racing partners. And he’s given us an enormous thrill.”Purchased for $180,000 from the 2018 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale for a partnership that included China Horse Club, Newgate and WinStar, Cosmic Force is out of the Commands mare Little Zeta, which makes him a half-brother to Group 3 winner Onemorezeta (Onemorenomore). Further back, his family includes the late Sebring (More Than Ready).
As a two-year-old, the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Cosmic Force was a maiden winner at his first start at Newcastle. From then on, he was thrown in against some of the best two-year-olds of his generation, finishing second to Group 1 winner Bivouac (Exceed And Excel) in the Lonhro Plate (Listed, 1100m), splitting Group 1-winning colts Microphone (Exceed And Excel) and Castelvecchio (Dundeel) in the Skyline Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) and starting favourite in the Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m).
However, it was Cosmic Force’s even-length win in the Pago Pago Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) a week before the Golden Slipper that really stamped him as a two-year-old of immense potential.
“We’ve gone back to the beginning of the millennium to see if there’s been a two-year-old stakes race won by a bigger margin than seven lengths and there hasn’t been,” Slade said. “He holds the record for the biggest winning margin of a Group race for juveniles in Australia and that was just a demonstration of the X-factor that was a hallmark of his career.
”This season, Cosmic Force won the Roman Consul Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m), defeating Group 2 winner Standout (Exceed And Excel) and Australia’s champion two-year-old Microphone. In victory, he joined an honour roll that, since the turn of the century, has included future stallion prospects Russian Revolution (Snitzel), Exosphere (Lonhro), Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible), Zoustar (Northern Meteor), Foxwedge (Fastnet Rock), Fastnet Rock (Danehill) and Exceed And Excel (Danehill).
“He broke the race record in the Roman Consul, a race that has proven to be a stallion-launching race,” he said. “On the back of that, he started one of the favourites for the Coolmore as well. He’s a horse that the market certainly rated a proper Group 1 horse and he retires to stud, much like Deep Field, not having won his Group 1 but having shown real X-factor in his brief career.
”Deep Field has proven a commercial success early in his stud career and Slade forecasts a similar trajectory for Cosmic Force.
“Cosmic Force retires at $15,000 plus GST which just seems like a no-brainer when you think about it,” he said. “Deep Field at the same stage retired at $20,000 plus GST and breeders did so well by supporting him all the way through. He was a horse that had a mean of five times his service fee all the way through, which is unheard of, and this season he took that to another level by, with his third crop, averaging $150,000 off a $20,000 fee.
”Cosmic Force will also be supported by some of the most prolific breeders in the country who are involved in his ownership, like China Horse Club, Go Bloodstock and his breeder Bob Hannon.
“We’ll be giving Cosmic Force the identical support that we gave Deep Field in his first crop,” Slade said. “By that, we mean that we’ll be sending him A-class mares. We’ll be treating him like a $30,000 to $40,000 stallion as opposed to a $15,000 stallion and we’ll be supporting him accordingly. And of course we’ll give him identical support in the sales ring. There is no doubt that the Newgate group and our partners will be searching for the best Cosmic Forces from his first crop.
“The Snowdens will be looking too. When you speak to them, you get the same reaction as you do when you speak to John Hawkes about Deep Field. John will tell you deadpan that Deep Field was a Group 1 horse through and through and the Snowdens will tell you the same thing: Cosmic Force was a proper Group 1 horse.
”Peter Snowden added: “For me, he was a ready-made racehorse. When he was on song, he was dynamic. There’s no reason why Cosmic Force won’t be a force to be reckoned with; he was a good type, he had pace, he was sound. He’s got a good mindset to put into his yearlings and I think he has all the ingredients to make good racehorses.
“He was the best three-year-old we had and in my mind he stays at that level. He was a fast horse with a great turn of foot and he was just a magnificent type with good athleticism.
”The Newgate operation has, in recent weeks, highlighted some of the factors that they identify in a stallion prospect: elite racing ability, pedigree, physicality and commercial appeal. Slade feels that Cosmic Force is a prospect that ticks all of the boxes.
“When people see him, I think people are going to be absolutely in awe of him as a physical specimen,” Slade said. “He’s just a beautifully put together horse with lovely quality and action and size and strength. We’re really confident of that and confident that breeders can do very well by using him, both from a commercial point of view and from a perspective of producing racehorses.
“We have a few shares available at a really attractive price. We are offering them to good breeders that are keen to support this horse like us over the first four years. We’re going to make those available to the marketplace, to those key breeders who support us and who are interested, because we’re confident that if we can give this horse the best possible start at stud, he can join his dad and make an important impact on our farm long-term.
”Cosmic Force is the third new stallion on Newgate Farm’s roster this year, joining Doncaster Mile (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Brutal (O’Reilly), who will stand at $27,500 (inc GST) and the untapped Tassort (Brazen Beau) at $11,000 (inc GST).